I was trying to get apps to not pop up on the MacOS dock,even when they weren't closed and I found a thread with the same question as me. I looked through the answers area of the thread and this is what they said in the answers area:
This question references How to hide a specific active app on OS X (has to be reversible)?
This solution worked for me, but it might depend on the application in question. I tried it with a 3rd party app called "Burn" and it worked.
Go to your applications folder and right click (control-click) on the app you wanna hide from the dock.
Show contents. You should now be able to see "inside" the app's files.
Info.plistfile in the
Contentsfolder with TextEdit (right click -> "Open with...")
Go to the very bottom of the file and find the last two lines which should say:
- Now insert this before these two lines and save the file.
After this the app's dock icon will not be shown anymore. Keep in mind that you will need to use the Activity Monitor or Terminal (
killall <appname>) to quit the app if you close the window.
If closing the window quits the app, you can press
cmd + hto hide the window. This should make your app completely invisible.
To make it visible again, just remove those two lines again and the app should behave like before.
so, I was stupid and did this on almost all of my apps, without opening any of them in the process, and now they all won't open at all no matter what I do. I've removed the text, I reinstalled the apps, nothing worked.. Please tell me how to fix this, I need this laptop for work as it is my main machine.