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How do I do add an app placed on the right side of the Dock as shown?

How do I do add an app placed on the right side of the Dock as shown? (On the right of the line separator, along with the Downloads and Trash icons).

This is on a Macbook Air 2015 running Mac OS Catalina, I had this machine since the default OS on Macbook Air 2015. Probably added the app icon there during Mac OS Mojave.

Reason for asking is that I remember actually adding MacVim.app onto the position as shown but forgot how to duplicate this. I don't believe I used any non-native stuff to do this.

If anyone knows a better place to ask this question, please tell me.

Thanks.

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The dock area on the right side of the line separator is reserved for recently used apps. You can go to System Preferences > Dock and tick Show recent applications in the Dock. However, note that it will only keep recent apps and is not customisable.

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  • Apparently, the OP has Show recent applications in Dock uncheck in System Preferences. The way I read the documentation provided by Apple, the OP should be able to add to the right side of the dock. However, I can not do this for a application or alias. I can get this to work for folders. – David Anderson Mar 1 at 7:50
  • I have System Preferences > Dock > Show recent applications in the Dock set to off. I tested it having it on and it would produce 2 vertical line separators with the MRU app[s] in between the separators; the image above has 1 vertical separator. If I open the app on the right side (MacVim.app), there will be an extra app icon (MacVim.app) on the left of the separator shown in OP. – Christopher Truong Mar 2 at 4:15

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