I'm using the instructions from this question: How do I add my Applications folder to the dock?

In Finder, right-click on Applications on the Sidebar and select: Add to Dock

to add Applications to my Dock, however, nothing happens when I click "Add to Dock". I've also tried dragging Applications from finder onto the Dock next to Trash, but nothing happens. How can I find out what's wrong?

I'm on Catalina, 10.15.6 19G73

  • Instead of dragging it next to Trash, try putting it next to the Finder icon. – Nimesh Neema Aug 4 at 16:37
  • @Nimesh Neema, RE: "Instead of dragging it next to Trash, try putting it next to the Finder icon." -- Folders (that are not application bundles) cannot be placed on the left side of the Dock. They can only be placed on the far right side of the Dock after the default far right vertical separator. – user3439894 Aug 4 at 17:04
  • @user3439894 Oh I only realized my mistake now. Thanks for mentioning. – Nimesh Neema Aug 4 at 17:18
  • Please be more specific about "nothing happens" when dragging the Applications folder from finder into the Dock. Does the Dock not respond at all? If you drag the folder over the trash basket, does the trash basket highlight? Do other icons move around or highlight? What happens if you try to drag another folder, such as Documents, do the dock? – Old Pro Aug 6 at 9:28

When you "right-click on Applications on the Sidebar and select: Add to Dock", nothing obvious happens if you have the Dock hidden, which is the default behavior. If your Dock looks anything like mine, after you add the Applications folder to the Dock, you might not even notice it.

When I right-click on Applications on the Sidebar and select: Add to Dock on Catalina 10.15.6, and then mouse down to the bottom of the screen to reveal the Dock, the Dock now has what looks like a new Application Icon next to the Trash Basket. It does not look like a folder at all. Instead, it is a stack of icons, with the top-most being the first (alphabetically) application in the Applications folder, so at first glance it looks like just another Application on the Dock.

When I hover over it, a label "Applications" pops up over it and when I click on it, it expands into a grid of icons representing all the Applications in the Applications folder. So that is the Applications folder in the Dock.

If I then drag the Applications folder from the Finder to the Dock, it disappears when I release the mouse, because the Applications folder is already in the Dock and you cannot have it duplicated in the Dock.

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  • I know what the application icon should look like and how it works, I had it before I got this new MacBook. I have my Dock set to always visible. No icon is added. – jlarson Aug 4 at 19:16
  • @jlarson It is possible your Dock is locked or broken. Check the output of the terminal command defaults read com.apple.dock contents-immutable and if it responds 1 then you can run defaults delete com.apple.dock contents-immutable and try restarting the Dock (killAll Dock) and Finder (killAll Finder or Force Quit...). – Old Pro Aug 4 at 19:42
  • thanks. the first command you mentioned responds with "2020-08-04 12:48:01.547 defaults[27491:118496] \n The domain/default pair of (com.apple.dock, contents-immutable) does not exist" – jlarson Aug 4 at 19:48

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