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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Start menu + taskbar for Mac OS X

I am looking for a start menu and taskbar for Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) with as many following features as possible (approximately ordered by descending importance): Start menu: Multi-column ...
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Can I move my Dock to the left side of my right monitor?

I have set up a two-monitor display, with my laptop on the left and my main screen on the right. I like having the Dock on the left side, but it's on the left of the left monitor, and as such it's too ...
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How do I see the dock in a fullscreen window in OS X?

I'm running Mac OS X Mavericks and I have several apps set up to use fullscreen mode. There's no dock at the bottom of the screen, and it doesn't appear either when I scroll to the bottom of the ...
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Why is System Preferences' Dock icon showing a Badge?

Today I noticed that the System Preferences icon in the Dock has a red badge (containing a white '1' digit). I presume the app or the computer is trying to tell me something, but I can't figure out ...
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Dock icon not refreshing when icns file is changed on Yosemite

I'm experiencing an issue where the Dock won't reload an icon I changed for one of my applications. I changed the icon by replacing the .icns file within the application package. The version I ...
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Is there a keyboard shortcut to move the position of the Dock?

Can I move the Dock using a keyboard shortcut? If there is no default keyboard shortcut, is it possible to set this up using a program?
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Windows aren't quite maximized when opened

When I open window in a program, I typically want it to take up my entire screen (but not be in full screen mode, just maximally sized) Instead, there is a thin gap at the left edge of the screen. It ...
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How do I open multiple instances of an app?

I have a *.app If I open it, from the dock, or from Finder, it opens. I want to open ANOTHER second running instance. If I open it, from the dock or from the Finder the second time, now it simply ...
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Is it possible to drag the Dock around the screen?

As a Windows/Mac/Ubuntu/Fedora user, I have seen many different ways to manage windows. Some of these, like the Windows taskbar and the OS X Dock, are very interesting and highly useful. One feature ...
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How can I customize the Guest user Dock in Yosemite?

How can I customize the Guest user Dock in Yosemite? Here are a few approaches I've tried but haven't been able to complete: In past versions of OS X, you could customize the Guest user Dock by ...
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Click app in dock to show open instances

Coming from a windows machine here. Is there any way that when you click on an app in the dock that is running, it would show the open instances? For example if I have multiple chrome browsers open. ...
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What are some considerations in organizing apps in the dock?

I am relatively new to Mac and OS X (4 months now). While I build my collection of preferred applications my Dock keeps on growing. It now takes about 70% of my screen width and I start to find it a ...
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10px~ gap between application and dock

When I set my apps to fullscreen with the taskbar still there, it doesn't truly fullscreen the application, it always has that small little border to the left. I'm using moom as a window resizer, but ...
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Why does the Dock executable not yield any useful strings, unlike other OS X apps?

When I run the strings command on the executable file in most OS X apps (•.app/Contents/MacOS/•), I get a list of routine names, possible hidden preferences, etc. When I run the command on the Dock ...
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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 ...
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How to prevent dock auto-hiding setting from changing?

I prefer to keep the dock "auto-hiding" setting on so that the dock is always hidden unless I mouse over it. I am aware of both the setting in "dock preferences" and the keyboard shortcut (⌥⌘D). ...
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Need a dock/cable that can charge through AC while connected to USB

[I'm an iPhone newbie, I hope the question isn't too stupid] I want to be able to put my iPhone 4 in a dock and have it connected to my computer for syncing, but I want it to charge from an AC ...
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Hide Finder From Dock in Sierra

I have seen this instruction for hiding the Finder icon from MacOS: https://github.com/jesscXC/hide-finder-trash-dock-icons However, it doesn't seem to work on MacOS Sierra because the DockMenus....
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Fix Blank Icons in Dock Stacks and Grids

I use Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6.8), and here's my problem: Stack and grid views of folders very often look like this: These empty boxes are not very useful for finding files quickly. When I open a ...
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How to restore Parallel's Applications folder?

Normally when you install Parallels, it adds a folder to the dock which acts exactly like the default Applications folder on the Mac, except for all the Windows apps. It even organizes them in ...
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How to fix blank icons for Download and Documents stacks in the Dock

I'm getting blank icons for stacks (e.g. Downloads) and grids (e.g. Documents) in the Dock. Nothing seems to fix it. Have tried relaunching the Finder and even a full reboot, but nothing helps. Any ...
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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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macOS Mission Control strange behavior on Sierra

I have noticed a bug in Mission Control on macOS Sierra (10.12.2). Here's a GIF to reproduce the bug: It happens when I try to open an app from the Dock, while I'm showing the Desktop: the app doesn'...
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How to stop maps, photos, and ibooks from loading in dock on startup

I checked system preferences (screenshot attached). They are not listed there. I checked the folders mentioned in this question, but they are not listed there: # Nothing grep -i -R photo /Library/...
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How do I create a shortcut link from the dock to an application?

I'm trying to put a link to Outlook Express in my dock but can't see how it's done. When I right-click on the application icon in a finder window, "Make Alias" is not one of the options available, so ...
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Why do apps which are not installed run from an external bootable drive?

After a disk crash in my MacBook Pro running Lion, I replaced the drive, installed Mountain Lion, and am rebuilding my system. I used Migration Assistant to transfer from an external bootable clone ...
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When using CMD-Tab, how to re-open the app's main window?

I hit this problem often when interacting with some Apple applications, mainly Messages and iTunes. After starting a song with iTunes, to clear my screen and get back to work I close the iTunes ...
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Removing the taskbar transparency in uBar

Is there any way to remove the taskbar transparency in uBar? (i.e. set the transparency to 0%, i.e. 100% opaque)
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Remove 3D shadow on vertical Dock in Yosemite

I have an 11" Macbook Air + Yosemite with vertical dock. The dock causes a large irritating shadow over any windows... I have tried these (found on various sites - reference Mavericks): defaults ...
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I would like my application to overlap the dock (with the app behind of course)

I'm on 10.7.3. I have my dock at the bottom. To the left and right of the dock, I see the wallpaper. I would actually like the app I'm in to extend all the way to the bottom of the monitor, with ...
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Using AppleScript to click radio buttons

I think this is a bug in Mac OS X: with a dual monitor setup, the Dock switches to the 2nd (not main) monitor from time to time. To fix this issue, I open the Dock, and click both the "Left" and "...
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Mavericks Dock icons have become corrupted. Is there a cache to flush or a database to rebuild?

I'm running OS X Mavericks 10.9.1. Some of my Dock icons for running applications, including the Finder icon, now appear blank and empty, or as a square filled with random noise pixels. I have tried "...
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OSX - Only show apps with open windows in the dock?

I like to keep my dock tidy with almost only the applications I'm currently using shown. As such, I tend to completely quit out of apps so that they don't clutter my dock. However, there are apps ...
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How to decrease the delay to drag and drop files into windows via Dock?

The Dock (as of 10.7+) allows you to drag files over an application icon, invoking application exposé which allows you to drag the file over the window of choice and drop it in where you want. The ...
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I can't save my system preferences

I can't save my dock and spaces setting. Every time I set them (eg. disable spaces), after I reboot/re-login to the system, the dock and spaces settings will revert back to the previous status. How ...
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Missing hot corners and Dock keeps defaulting

I recently installed a Jamf software in order to recieve the latest MS Office, and during the installation the dock was reset to the default preferences. After installation I went to customize my ...
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Making the Dock immutable

A relative who has difficulty with mouse control keeps inadvertently removing items from his Dock. I enabled Parental Controls to prevent him from doing so, but Parental Controls has a bug that ...
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Is there a program that will let me move an item from my Dock to my Menu Bar?

And I don't mean like StatusDock, which will move it to the menu bar but also keeps it in the dock. I'd prefer it to just be gone from the Dock. Any way you can do this?
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How to troubleshoot apps of which multiple instances can be launched

I have been observing strange behavior with two dictionary apps from a French / Belgian developer. I can launch both of them multiple times -- i.e., multiple instances of the app will appear in the ...
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Dock and Terminal don't work on systems with home directory on different versions of OSX

I have two macs, one running Mavericks and one running El Capitan. Most of the users on both of the machines have their home directory in an external server connected by NFS. When I try to launch ...