Is there a way to hide the icons in the dock and just show text of the app name instead?

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    This is so utterly counter to the "Apple Spirit" that I would be shocked if the answer were anything other than no, but I don't have a canonical answer (yet).
    – Daniel
    Aug 8, 2012 at 21:07
  • Okay, Steve Jobs. Settle down, its a simple question. I just don't want icons in my dock. Aug 8, 2012 at 21:19
  • I'm not saying it wouldn't be a cool feature; I'm just saying I'd be shocked if there were an option to do that, short of changing all the icons to pictures of the text of the program name.
    – Daniel
    Aug 8, 2012 at 21:22
  • Okay thats actually possible, but how do I disable the text that pops up when you hover over an app on the dock? Aug 8, 2012 at 21:24
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    As an unconventional alternative, if you just don't like the Dock's use of screen real estate, you could hide it entirely and use Spotlight, Launch Pad, or a 3rd-party app like Launchbar or Alfred to launch your apps.
    – Dan J
    Aug 8, 2012 at 22:16

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I was curious about what you wanted, but you can't just have "Text" instead of icons, but you can have icons that are "text" :)

check out this link on how one user solved his issue.


the download link is over on the right side.

how to change your icons in OSX http://support.apple.com/kb/ht2493

i think this is what you were going after...

  • thanks a bunch. I'll try that, do you know if there is a way I can remove the hover text that pops up when the mouse hovers over an app? Aug 8, 2012 at 21:49
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    You could use candy bar to change the icons, and as an extra special super bonus it's now free panic.com/blog/2012/08/candybar-mountain-lion-and-beyond
    – JamiePatt
    Aug 8, 2012 at 21:54
  • yeah I just saw that, but I haven't found a way to get rid of just the text that hovers around... :-\
    – SeeCoolGuy
    Aug 8, 2012 at 22:11
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    There is a way to hide the text that appears on hover for at least the common apps explained in the answers to this question: Hide App Name in Mac OS X Lion Dock Jul 27, 2014 at 3:06

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