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Questions tagged [dock]

The special transparent bar (usually at the bottom) of a macOS desktop which houses applications, stacks, and the trashcan or on the home screen of iOS devices that provide easy access to commonly used applications.

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Rearrange Dock icons without making them stay when the app is closed

Is it possible to rearrange an icon in the Dock without making it stay there when the app is closed? I don’t have any permanent apps in my Dock, but when I’m working I’d like to rearrange the Dock ...
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If the Dock fails to relaunch after killing it, is there any way to force it to relaunch?

Every now and then I encounter an issue or bug in macOS that requires me to kill the Dock process. (For example, oftentimes some of my keyboard shortcuts for switching spaces stop working and the only ...
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Hide Parallels's VM icon from the dock

Parallels includes a mode called Coherence, where software from the guest OS is launched as if it were a native macOS app. This means their windows are rendered separately, each occupying an icon in ...
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Dock is not showing up on my iMac

For some reason, the Dock with all the app icons has disappeared from my Mac. How do I get it to display again?
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macOS: Can I hide running apps with no active window from the Dock?

I want to hide app icon from the Dock that are running but doesn't have an active window. I googled it, but the answers I found were all app specific. I am looking for a generalized solution.
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Open folder in dock by simply clicking

Hi. In my workspace I have these frequently used folders that I keep in my dock, but I find it annoying that I have to right click and click "open" every time i want to open them. Is there some way I ...
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Best way to connect 2018 Macbook Pro to external display using a dock?

I have 2018 Macbook Pro with usb-c ports which I would like to connect a Dell UltraSharp U2715H monitor. (I have installed the DisplayLink software as recommended to ensure the monitor will work with ...
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Custom Dock icons not persisting when apps restart

I want to use black and white icons for everything on the dock, but when I need to restart apps, they revert back to their default icons. I add custom ones to each app via: Close the application in ...
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Display arrangement gets reset after connecting to a different external display

My MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2018) is connected to two Lenovo ThinkVision P27q-10 displays via a Kensington SD5200T docking station. One display is connected to the docking station via DisplayPort; the ...
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Display issues using docking station Dell Universal 6000

I bought a Dell Universal 6000 docking station for my MacBook Pro 2018 to plug in 3 monitors via one Thunderbolt. The problem is that after installing DisplayLink drivers, only 2 displays are useable, ...
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macOS Mojave dual monitor seperate spaces force dock on one screen

I'm relatively new to macOS. I'm using macOS Mojave and I have 2 monitors. I want the dock to stay on my right screen. My problem is when I move the mouse to the the bottom center on my left screen ...
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Run AppleScript in background without showing in app switcher?

Is there any way to run an AppleScript command (which runs infinitely) completely in the background without any icon showing in the dock or app switcher (⌘+Tab)? For example, hiding the AppleScript ...
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How do I prevent icons from being added to the dock?

Our IT department pre-loads a utility for remote management, no problem there. However, the utility is automatically added to the dock every 30 minutes, even after Keep in dock is manually unchecked, ...
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Mission Control freezes. Restarting Dock doesn't help

I use standard settings to open Mission Control in MacOS Mojave 10.14.4 on MacBook Pro. Normally swipe up with 3 fingers move all windows into Mission Control mode and I can switch to any available ...
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Is there any way to change the mac dock's position with a keyboard shortcut?

I don't think there are default shortcuts for that. But I assume you could make one using AppleScript or other automation programs. I found this post from 2012 asking the same question. I tried ...
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Show Downloads folder on the Dock as fan instead of opening immediately

I am trying to get the Downloads folder on my dock in the Fan view, as seen in this picture: However, when I click on the folder, the folder immediately opens instead.
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Why do all other windows minimize when I open a window from the dock?

Clicking an app icon from the dock causes all other windows onscreen to minimize. Is this intended? Is there a way to configure it so selected app's most recent window gets placed on top without ...
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Separate dock icons for separate spaces

Is it possible for the dock to only display the running apps of the space that is currently being used and not all of the open ones?. In Linux that feature exists and I really miss it, it's called ...
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macOS Sierra Dock open app indicator missing

My Dock's open app indicator is suddenly missing. There is no more black dot at the bottom of my open app indicator. What I did (but failed): I am turning on my open app indicator in the system ...
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Hazy lines around dock and windows in Mojave

I’m currently experiencing this issue (refer to picture above). It started after I upgraded to Mojave and it appears on both dark and light mode
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How do different methods of connecting USB-C display work?

There are multiple ways how we can connect an external display via USB-C to an Apple device (say MacBook Pro). For example: directly (e.g. LG UltraFine) using Apple's USB-C to HDMI/VGA/DVI dongle ...
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Dock preferences not saved

Ive been rattled out of my mind for the past few days. What started the issue was a random kernel panic that rest all my dock settings. initially i thought it would be due fixed on restart, however no ...
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Any way to connect 3 external displays to a 2018 Retina MacBook Air? [duplicate]

Just wondering if there's any docking solution that provides the possibility to connect to 3 external displays to the MacBook Air 2018, or if we're hardware limited by the iGPU here.
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Deleted app '?' icon in Dock

I deleted an app from the Applications folder. However the original app icon in the Dock is now appearing as a '?'. I am unable to delete this icon from the dock, when I click to get the Options menu, ...
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How to add a mouse scroll gesture on dock to switch between window of same application?

I am trying to figure out a way to toggle between same application window when scrolling on the dock. Something like how do they do on elementary OS and Ubuntu. reference link
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Mission control and Dock are buggy

Both my Mission Control and Dock are not working properly. My Dock does not seem to recognize my mouse moving horizontally along the Dock, ie. magnification does not move and when magnification is ...
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How can I remove Finder and Trash from my dock (for Mojave)

I've got my first ever Mac and was wondering how to remove Finder and Trash from my dock (and put them in Launchpad instead). I've tried some of the solutions on other questions but they don't seem ...
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Problem in defaults command when adding app with blanks in name to dock

I would like to add an app to my dock via a command. I'm able to add an icon to the dock when there are no blanks in the path. I get an error message when I have a blank in the path. The command ...
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Make the dock show only the apps running in the current space [duplicate]

I'd like to have multiple spaces for different purposes, for example, one for work, and one for entertainment. However, I found out that in mac, even if you have different spaces in which different ...
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Hack to hide TeamViewer dock icon, issue with restarting app

I don't like TeamViewer taking up space on the Dock. I followed this tutorial to hide the dock icon, leaving me with only a menubar icon, which works great. TeamViewer is set to start at login. ...
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Download Shortcut Malfunction on Dock

Whenever I add the download shortcut to my dock and then click it, the dock area goes black and when it reappears it goes away. It basically looks like every time I click the download shortcut it ...
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Prevent external monitors from turning off when Mac is locked

I have a brand new MacBook Pro (2018) with two external monitors (AOC Q2790PQU), connected via a Kensington SD5200T docking station (1 x HDMI and 1 x DisplayPort). The Mac is closed when connected to ...
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Pair Apple Magic Keyboard with wireless dongle

Is it possible to pair an Apple Wireless Magic Keyboard with a USB receiver? I want this so that if I plug a laptop into my dock, the laptop will automatically connect to the keyboard (Not with ...
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What is this extra divider line on my Dock?

Mysteriously, this extra divider-line has appeared between any app I launch now and the previously launched apps? What is the purpose of this 2nd divider line? Why is it appearing now? How can I get ...
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Hide System Preferences icon from dock during AppleScript execution

I have an AppleScript scheduled to run every several minutes with launchd. The script makes some adjustments in System Preferences. However, whenever it runs, the System Preferences icon appears on ...
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Sub-window hidden behind another window… any way to retrieve other than minimizing?

My one grievance with how MacOS handles window management is that sometimes windows get hidden behind others and do not appear in the dock as they are not minimized. The only way to find these windows ...
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Dell DW15 docking station audio output set up with mac

I'm using a Dell DW15 docking station with a mac High Sierra and wanted to ask how can I set up the audio output so that when I plug in the audio jack in to the docking station the audio output would ...
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Prevent deletion of specific icons from dock

I regularly accidentally drag the Downloads folder from the dock to trash when trying to delete a recently downloaded file, removing it from he dock. Is there any way to disable dragging and deleting ...
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No Handoff icon in dock

I'm missing handoff icon in dock. I remember that when I had open safari/messenger on my iPhone, I could easily click on the icon that showed on left side of dock. It's not there anymore. What could ...
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Does a USB-C dock connected to an external display leverage display link or a native graphics driver? [closed]

I'm looking at this Belkin USB-C dock to use with a MacBook Pro 2017. I'm aware there are some docks that use a display link driver that relies on the CPU to connect an external display via a USB ...
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App icon switches to low resolution upon launching an app

Recently I started getting this really weird but annoying bug. While the app is in the Dock but not working, its icon is in good resolution. But once I open it, the icon switches to low resolution. ...
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Unable to add Visual Studio Code app icon to macOS Dock

I had Visual Studio Code app icon in the Dock before, but I can't put it there again. I tried dragging and dropping from the the /Applications folder, but it doesn't land there. Have I accidentally ...
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Docking station that supports both USB-C windows laptops and current Touch Bar MacBook Pros for Dual display output

I have been asked to look into docking station solutions for a dual 27-inch display setup, that supports both current generation Touch Bar MacBook Pros, USB-c windows laptops (lennevo thinkpads)and ...
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How can I disable the red Software Update notification bubble on the System Preferences app in MacOS Mojave (not App Store)?

I keep the "System Preferences" app icon in my dock in Mojave. I recently checked for updates, and found one, but I'm not ready to install it just yet and the red notification dot over the settings ...
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How to quit finder

I am trying to quit finder along with the dock and status bar through terminal and I can't seem to find out how
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How do I prevent the macOS Mojave Messages.app from quitting when I close its window?

I use a very specific workflow with the Messages app on the Mac: Read my messages Close the Messages window with CMD-W Messages app is still running When a new message comes in, CMD-Tab to the still-...
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Dock not restarting after killall Dock

I recently needed to restart my dock in the terminal via killall Dock as I have done many times before. However, after doing so, the dock did not restart and my wallpaper is black: This is very ...
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Is there a way to resize Dock in macOS using keyboard shortcuts?

I would like to be able to resize the Dock in macOS strictly using keybindings. Ideally, this would be incrementally and work similar to the way that volume/brightness increase/decrease keys work. I ...
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What hardware needed to connect 2 monitors + peripherals to 2018 MBP via a single cable?

I am trying to connect the following to my 2018 MacBook Pro (15 inch): 2 monitors (Dell U2715H, 2560 x 1440) 2 USB-3 peripherals (mouse, keyboard) ... but I would like to connect only one cable to ...
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Visual bug in Dock after macOS Mojave installation

After installing the macOS Mojave update, I get a strange visual bug in the Dock from time to time. It disappears when I click on something in the Dock or if I try to make a screenshot (that's why I ...