The Finder icon on the dock seems to be locked to be the first one. I would like to have a few other application icons to the left of the Finder icon, but click-and-drag doesn't work for it.

What the dock looks like:
Screenshot of dock.
Finder, Launchpad, Mission Control, and then Chrome

Order of icons that I want instead:
Launchpad, Mission Control, Chrome, and then Finder

I'm running macOS High Sierra on a Mac Mini.

  • I don't think you can move Finder (always top-most or left-most icon) or the trash can (always right-most). I could be wrong but I don't recall any way of moving them. Hopefully, someone here knows a backdoor way to get it done. – fsb Mar 20 '18 at 16:03

There is this discussion from almost 10 years ago on making a duplicate icon you can move, but the original stays. As far as I can tell there is not way to move the Finder or Trash icons from their position in the dock.

  • I chose your post as my accepted answer as there simply doesn't seem to be a way to do what I want. Shame. Thank you. – B. Johansson Mar 20 '18 at 22:11
  • Hm, I accidently delete Finder from dock and don't know how to restore them, maybe in Mojave it is possible now) – Alex Nov 25 '19 at 11:59

The Finder and Trash applications are the only 2 apps that cannot have their position moved in the dock or be removed from the dock.

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