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.


2 Answers 2


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. Commented Mar 20, 2018 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
    Commented Nov 25, 2019 at 11:59
  • This is a clear violation of the Freedom of Position by Apple & we must condemn it :)
    – Junaid
    Commented May 15, 2022 at 6:14
  • this is just stupid Apple, come on... Commented Jun 9, 2023 at 17:31

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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