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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Why does my dock keep moving back to my other monitor?

I have a larger, external monitor connected to my MacBook Pro and have arranged it such that the dock is in the external monitor (via System Preferences > Displays > Arrangement, by dragging the white ...
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How can I make auto-hide/show for the dock faster?

I really like the auto-hide feature of the dock in Mac OS X. However, the animation for the dock to reappear is just a bit too slow for me. Since this is quite annoying, I disable the feature. Is ...
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Can't get rid of incomplete download bar underneath dock icon

My Downloads folder in my dock has been showing a download/progress bar at 50% since yesterday. There aren't any half-complete files in my Download folder, Google Chrome isn't awaiting any action to ...
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Change Dock color on left/right site in OS X 10.9 Mavericks

New in OS X Mavericks, when using the famous dock on the left or right site: It has a white background now. It makes it hard to see the icons and the design is awful. Does anyone know how to change ...
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Is there a way to completely disable Dock?

I want the Dock completely gone. I haven't used it in the past three releases of OS X (10.5 to present). I want it completely gone, and LaunchBar there instead. Is there a way to kill the Dock so ...
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Can an app window be minimized by clicking its Dock Icon?

Something that bothers me as Windows User on OSX that I can't minimize an App Window by clicking the Dock Icon of the application. Is there a hidden setting for enabling this behavior or an utility ...
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How can I remove the Finder icon from my Dock?

I've started using Forklift as a Finder replacement, so I don't need Finder in my Dock. In fact, I would much rather have Forklift be the farthest left icon so I don't accidentally click on Finder. ...
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Ghost Updates on Mac

My dock tells me I have 8 available updates: I also got the notification asking to install updates. However, when I open App Store, I only see recently installed updates (with no updates to apps or ...
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Missing icons on macOS Sierra

I'm on macOS Sierra and I have been losing icons randomly, as you can see below, the Adobe Illustrator folder does not look like it should. This also occurs in the Dock: FaceTime (left of iTunes) ...
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Is there a simple way to have separate dock icons for different Chrome Profiles?

I am using Google Chrome version 22 on OS X 10.8. I use separate user profiles (created using the native Chrome facility in Settings->Users) for my "regular" web browsing, and the web development ...
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How to hide a specific active app on OS X (has to be reversible)?

Is there a way to hide the application window and the dock icon of one specific active app in OS X? Kinda like a background service that can be turned on or off.
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How can I open a Finder window in Desktop without switching to another one?

I have these five desktops with a dozen of full screen apps and feel very happy. Say I'm at right Desktop 5 now. (Sadly my picture is deleted since it wasn't uploaded to the site hosting service) ...
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Pinning the Dock to a Corner in Yosemite/El Capitan

In Mavericks and prior, one could use the following commands to pin the dock to either the top or bottom corner of the screen, if the dock was placed left/right, or to the left/right corners if the ...
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Can I add a “space” to my Dock to separate apps into groups?

I have a 27" iMac running High Sierra. I also have a Windows 10 virtual machine. I have a number of Windows apps running throughout the day and they appear in my Mac’s dock, even when I’m in High ...
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What is this line on my dock?

I recently upgraded to Yosemite and I seem to have some sort of line on my desktop near the dock that won't go away. I've changed my background, moved the dock and even rebooted and it stays there. ...
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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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Is it possible to have my dock visible on all monitors in El Capitan?

Don't mark this as a duplicate. Question has been asked several times in several places but it was years ago. I have two monitors connected. One primary (that has dock at the bottom) and secondary. ...
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There is a tiny icon on macOS dock that is not clickable!

After Visual Studio Code update, its icon on Dock has changed to a very tiny one which is literally inaccessible! There is no way you can click on it or view options. Does anyone know how to remove ...
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How do I add the LaunchPad Icon to the Dock after upgrading fom Snow Leopard to Mavericks?

I have upgraded a Snow Leopard system to Mavericks. I expected to see the LaunchPad icon (spaceship icon used to launch installed apps) on the Dock, but it is not there. How do I add that icon? I ...
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With multiple displays: how best to keep the Dock to one side, and on the same display as the menu bar?

I currently have the Dock to the left. In the Displays pane of System Preferences, I have the external display (if present) configured to be on the left side of the main built-in display; and the ...
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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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Is it possible to remove the Dock in Lion?

Is there a defaults write command to remove the dock in Lion. I tried the steps mentioned but that does not seem to work on Lion. I can still see the dock. Are there hidden defaults that can make the ...
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How to make clicking on icon in dock == open new instance

I have several applications in my dock that can have multiple instances open (eg. Chrome, iTerm, Sublime, etc.) When I click on one of the icons, I want a new window to open (this is what happens if ...
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Only show active windows in the current space in Mac OSX when pressing CMD-Tab

I'm new to Mac and have the following wish: I would like to have one instance of an application (app1) on space1 and another application (app2) on space2. When I pres press CMD-Tab I see every open ...
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Stop dock moving between monitors while moving mouse to the bottom of screen

We know why it is moving: Why does my dock keep moving back to my other monitor? Now, how can we stop it? Some terminal command or even paid software?
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Double-clicking a window’s title bar to minimize it in Mavericks

After upgrading to Mavericks I’m no longer able to minimize a window to the Dock by double-clicking on its title bar. How do I get this functionality back?
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How can I hide the unread counter from Outlook 2011 Dock icon?

I find the unread counter on Microsoft Outlook 2011 for Mac distracting. Whenever it's there I feel the need to click on it. How can I hide the unread count? Mail.app provides an option to disable it,...
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Using a USB-C dock with older MacBook Pros

Thunderbolt 2 docks have been quite expensive and they will be obsolete once I purchase the new Macbooks with USB-C ports. I currently use a 2014 MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt 2 ports, and I want to ...
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Wrong (generic) Mac dock application icon [duplicate]

I have the following problem since upgrading to OS X 10.13.1 High Sierra on MBP 2017. A generic icon is shown for nearly all my apps. See the image below. Does anyone know how to fix this and get the ...
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Keyboard shortcut for launching Apps in Dock

In Windows 7, Win + 1, 2, 3 ... 9 launches the first, second etc App in task bar. Is there a similar keyboard shortcut in OS X in order to launch Apps that are in the Dock?
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Can't rearrange Dock icons

On OS X Yosemite, I can't rearrange my dock icons. I click one, and drag, but it just stays in place and stops highlighting. Here's a demonstration This has been so ever since I upgraded to ...
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Dock shows on only one screen on OS X Mavericks

I understood that every display would behave independently on OS X Mavericks, and that it would get its own bar (top of the screen) and dock. However, the dock shows only on the main screen, and not ...
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What setting causes OS X to let you resize windows behind the dock?

I've set up my fair share of Macs over the years, but I've never been able to pinpoint what setting tells OS X that you're ok with being able to drag-resize a window vertically so that it goes behind ...
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Avoid showing hidden applications in the cmd+tab navigation menu

I recently switched to OS X Mountain Lion. I have applications like Skype and Pidgin which start at login and are hidden, but when I have more applications running and I do ⌘ cmd + ⇥ Tab to switch ...
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How do I create a Windows-like Start Menu for the macOS Dock without 3rd party software?

I am very new to Mac (only 1.5 weeks) and am trying to get used to its different way of doing things. Most of what I loved in Windows I've also found the macOS way of doing. I am now more familiar ...
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Dock on MBP Retina is using 80% CPU

The Dock on my MBP Retina is constantly using 70 - 80% of CPU. This happens on the two account on the machine, both of which were migrated from my previous Lion MBP. I don't have Parallels ...
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What is this black bar at the bottom of my Dock?

I have this strange bar at the bottom of my Dock: What could it possibly be and how could I remove it? It is non-blocking but distracts me when using the Dock.
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Folder on left side of the dock

I would like to add a folder to the left side of my Dock. When I try to do this it isn’t accepted. However, I can add it to the right side of my Dock. This doesn’t suit me for this particular folder. ...
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Dock Intellihide

Is there any way to get the dock to use "intellihide" (this is a carry over from various docks in the linux world). Basically that means that the dock is always visible if no windows are in its space, ...
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How to restart the Dock without using the command line?

I know that I can restart the Dock using a killall Dock on the command line. I can also restart the Finder by Alt-right-clicking the Finder icon. Is there a similar way to restart the Dock without ...
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Is there a way to prevent apps from staying in Dock after quitting?

Certain OSX apps seem to have a tendency to stick around in the Dock, even though there's no user-facing setting to prevent this behavior. Is there a defaults command that prevents apps from enabling "...
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Alternatives To Apple Dock - Taskbar

This box helps explain the association that I always have had. We bought a Mac. I like many parts about it. It syncs with my iphone etc... I can't learn the dock. I am afraid we might need to ...
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How do you remove icons from the Menu bar?

How do you remove icons from the Menu bar? I'm running OS X Yosemite and I tried Command + Click + Drag to get rid of them but it isn't working.
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Create a line separation for finder in the dock? (osx 10.10)

I was wondering if it would be possible to create a line separator for the finder app, just like the one found next to the trash can? The only behaviour difference that I'd like is for the line to ...
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In OS X Yosemite, how to keep the app switcher (or dock) on my main display?

I believe the app switcher (command + tab) is tied to where the dock "is". The dock is available on both displays, but I believe the last display in which you clicked on the dock is where it actually ...
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iTunes track notifications for Mountain Lion

In OS X Lion there was the preference (via a Terminal command) to enable iTunes track notifications that were displayed as a popup in the dock. So far it seems as though Mountain Lion does not allow ...
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Application not running, but dock thinks it is, so i can't quit/open it [duplicate]

This has happened to multiple applications so far, i'm not sure what causes it, but it seems to happen after force quitting (sometimes). First, you force quit it, and it does, but the dock shows that ...
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App behavior with spaces and minimized window

I would like to change the behavior when I click on an app that's not open on the current space. Right now, it goes to whichever space has that app. Instead, I'd like it to favor the current space, ...
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How can I specify a custom icon for a Dock stack?

I've created a folder in Finder with aliases of several apps. I want to add this to my dock so that those apps are grouped together and the dock isn't quite as messy. No problem; I added the folder to ...
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How to pin a URL to OS X Dock with a custom image?

I'd like to pin a URL to the Dock and have its icon be something meaningful or recognizable. By default, the icon/shortcut is a generic spring icon, and in Yosemite it shows a globe. How can I ...