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I have included a picture. My applications folder is on the dock and when I click on it the applications come up but the icon size is too big, is there anyway to make these icons a lot smaller? any help is much appreciated.

  • Hey guys , Thanks a lot for your responses !! Command & + , Command & - can make the icons bigger or smaller.
    – JessicaRam
    Oct 6 '16 at 5:42

To change the size on the Applications Dock menu in Grid view click the Applications Dock Tile and then press command- to make the menu and icons smaller or command+ to make the menu and icons larger.

I have tested this under OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.5, OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 and macOS Sierra 10.12.

The image below is from OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 taken on a Thunderbolt Display at 2560 x 1440 and of three separate screen shots that were cropped from the lower right corner to the size necessary to show the size of each grid menu and its size changed and layered to reduce the size of posting 3 individual images. Nothing has been retouched, just cropped and layered to contrast between a large menu in the back, the default size menu on this Display in the middle and a smaller sized menu up front. Calculator.app was used to show scale and as you can plainly see the size of the icons changes with the size of the grid menu.

Application Dock Menu in Grid view


There is no way to change the size of the icons in the grid itself (the keyboard shortcut that worked in macOS Lion no longer does), but you can change it to list view by right-clicking on the folder icon and selecting List. This will result in a list similar to a Finder view, with much smaller icons.

Edit: After further testing, the commands that I said no longer worked from Lion actually do work, at least in my testing in macOS El Capitan 10.11.6. They did not work initially, and when they finally did start working it took several seconds for anything to happen, though now they seem to be working ok.

They are: Command-+ to make them larger, and Command-- to shrink them.

  • theres noting i can do with terminal. There has to be something i can code or change values of how big the icons can be ...??
    – JessicaRam
    Oct 5 '16 at 21:03
  • @user3439894 Apple has retroactively changed OS X to macOS. See the comments on this question for further details.
    – tubedogg
    Oct 5 '16 at 21:05
  • @JessicaRam Nothing I found indicated this is set in any way that is user-modifiable, no. I'd guess there's a zoom percentage set by the system based on how many icons are present.
    – tubedogg
    Oct 5 '16 at 21:05
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    @tubedogg, Apple has not retroactively changed anything! The only version of macOS presently is macOS Sierra 10.12, Previously releases of Apple's Desktop OS version 10.8 through 10.11 are OS X and 10.0 through 10.7 are Mac OS X! All you have to do is look at About This Mac and the only Apple Desktop OS that shows macOS is Sierra and not anything else! All others either say OS X or if old enough Mac OS X! Oct 6 '16 at 0:06
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    @user3439894 Whoa, buddy, take a breath. I'm sorry you don't like what Apple is doing. Do not edit my post again, though.
    – tubedogg
    Oct 6 '16 at 0:16

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