I have seen this instruction for hiding the Finder icon from MacOS:


However, it doesn't seem to work on MacOS Sierra because the DockMenus.plist file seems to be locked and cannot be changed. Is there any other way to do this on Sierra?

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I found the answer while playing with Path Finder's preferences and finding this option: "Enable Finder's "Remove from Dock" menu option. Upon clicking on it, I got the following message:

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To disable SIP, however, you have to enter recovery mode. Here is more information about it on HowToGeek:


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    is it just me or is "changing" misspelled (on the dialog box in the image)?
    – Stardust
    Commented Jun 19, 2017 at 22:17
  • Haha.. good catch!
    – Rafid
    Commented Jun 20, 2017 at 17:42
  • If you dont want to use/pay Pathfinder(like me cause I prefer Commander One), you could still apply the forementioned method to remove Finder then remove Pathfinder, and still works. Thanks for the tip!
    – mtn
    Commented Nov 22, 2018 at 22:59

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