I would like to know if there is a way to have the dock always there when running an App fullscreen in lion?

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    I´m not sure if you´re aware of that, but by moving your cursor at the screen-edge your dock resides on and then pushing the cursor "into" the edge again, the Dock will pop out. Other than that Mouse gesture (and pressing cmd+alt+D) I´m not aware of another solution yet.
    – Asmus
    Commented Aug 4, 2011 at 13:42
  • For posterity, I found this question while trying to figure out how to make the dock appear in fullscreen apps. The answer to that related question is here: apple.stackexchange.com/questions/107663/…
    – emmby
    Commented Oct 30, 2013 at 19:20

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It is very unlikely that Apple will ever support this request officially, as it would go against their whole "full-screen" philosophy. However, it ought to be possible to create a SIMBL hack which achieves it.

If you do want the dock visible when using an app - perhaps the best solution is not to use fullscreen, but simply make the app window large by using the green traffic light button or dragging the edges.

  • This should've been posted as a comment, not an answer.
    – Lri
    Commented Aug 4, 2011 at 19:46
  • I think it was answered quite well. Commented Aug 4, 2011 at 20:31

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