I just installed Mountain Lion, and I notice that the icons for Launchpad, App Store, To-Dos and Notes cannot be removed from my Dock — if I try to drag them off my Dock, they float back in.

Is there a way to hide or remove these icons?

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I have not tried it myself, but I read in a review that they intentionally made it harder to accidentally remove icons from the Dock.

Trying dragging the icon a good distance away from the dock and holding it there for a couple seconds, it should show you some kind of "about to poof this" indicator, and then drop it.

At least, that's what I got from the review I read.

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    I've done it. This works.
    – Emily
    Commented Jul 25, 2012 at 19:56

I just noticed that if I right-click on these icons, there is a "Remove from Dock" hidden in the Options sub-menu in the context menu.

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