Edit .plist will hide both menubar and dock icon. Are there any way to hide the dock icon but keep the menubar icon?

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    Could you elaborate on what exactly are you trying to achieve, and what you've tried so far?
    – Thecafremo
    Commented Nov 8, 2012 at 14:38
  • What ".plist"? What to you mean by "hide the dock icon but keep the menubar icon"? Do you mean the Dock and the Menu Bar? If not, what icon are you referring to? What version of macOS are you running? Commented Mar 5, 2017 at 21:06
  • what is a "menubar icon" there are toolbars, and a menu bar with menus.
    – Alaska Man
    Commented Mar 6, 2017 at 3:30

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You have to edit the Plist file for the app. Plist files use a key/value format, declaring the type of the key. The correct code is:


Stick these in before the </dict> </plist> lines, and voilà. This works as late as High Sierra, and on the apps I have done this for it does eliminate the dock icon but not the menu bar one.

  • This does not work as of Catalina. Commented Jan 9, 2020 at 2:37

Yes, you can try this app http://foggynoggin.com/dockdodger

Works well for me

  • Doen't it mess up Gatekeeper protection and updates via App Store?
    – mmmmmm
    Commented Feb 26, 2013 at 21:56

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