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Is there a way to prevent apps from staying in Dock after quitting?

I think I understand your problem.. Open System Preferences, Click on dock, uncheck "Show recent applications in dock". This should probably solve your problem.
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Unable to add Visual Studio Code app's icon to macOS Dock

Have I accidentally banned Visual Studio Code.app from the macOS Dock? No. How do I resolve the issue and get the app icon to show in the Dock? You can try resolving the issue by killing the Dock ...
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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)?

After some unsuccessful googling, followed by loads and loads of digging and grepping through binary files, I stumbled upon a key in a .plist which, when written, appeared to make the system ...
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How can I disable the random/auto keeping of apps in the Dock?

go to "system preferences", then choose "Dock" and uncheck the "show recent applications in dock" radio button.
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There is a tiny icon on macOS dock that is not clickable!

Edit As pointed by many others (@nitive's comment below) there is a much easier way to fix this and it is killall Dock. Kudos to @nitive Original long, boring, and not so efficient answer LOL right ...
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Adjust width of spacer between Mac OS dock icons

I just tried typing in different things and discovered that "small-spacer-tile" adds a narrow space. defaults write com.apple.dock persistent-apps -array-add '{"tile-type"="...
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Can I add a "space" to my Dock to separate apps into groups?

Yes you can! Follow these steps: Within Finder launch the Terminal app (by default it’s in the Utilities folder within your Applications folder) Copy and paste the following command into Terminal: ...
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Is there a way to completely disable Dock?

This answer doesn't really add that much to what is already here, but I felt that the answers offering solutions for hiding it lacked some information. I personally use uBar and I've used the ...
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How to hide a specific active app on OS X?

Use native PlistBuddy command to do it: /usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c 'Add :LSUIElement bool true' /Applications/[AppName].app/Contents/Info.plist Don't forget to change the [App Name]. If you wish ...
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Why does my dock keep moving back to my other monitor?

To prevent this from happening type the following in Terminal: defaults write com.apple.Dock position-immutable -bool yes; killall Dock The Dock will stop moving. The above domain and key was ...
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Stop dock moving between monitors while moving mouse to the bottom of screen

You cannot "just" stop it, unfortunately. You have some options to keep it in the same place, but they have drawbacks: A) Keep the dock on the left or right side of the desktop. That way it ...
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Missing icons on macOS Sierra

I had to run the below commands to make my icons come back. It took a while to find, but it finally sorted everything. sudo find /private/var/folders/ -name com.apple.iconservices -exec rm -rf {} \; ...
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How can I hide the unread counter from Outlook Dock icon?

Deselecting "Badge app icon" in Notifications Center preferences worked for me (Outlook 2016 for Mac and Outlook for Mac v16). On macOS Ventura 13.x:
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Can I move my Dock to the left side of my right monitor?

I too have tried to have this setup, looking in display settings the closest thing that worked was this. It's not perfect but it does the job! Rearrange the left screen so that the screens meet at ...
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Ghost Updates on Mac

I would try the following command in the terminal to download and install updates available for your mac. All commands below require administrator privileges and will prompt for your password which is ...
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Using a USB-C dock with older MacBook Pros

(Assuming you mean to say that you have a MacBook Pro and not a MacBook because there is no MacBook that was made in 2014.) You aren't going to find a Thunderbolt 2 to USB-C adapter as it makes no ...
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I want my Mac running Sierra, to stop hiding dock when I enter "Command+Option+D"

Click on the Apple menu Open "System Preferences" Select "Keyboard" Click "Shortcuts" Select "Launchpad & Dock" Uncheck "Turn Dock Hiding On/Off"
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Why does my dock's "Automatically Hide" keep getting re-enabled?

@bjbk's comment to use option+command+D fixed it for me. If you have (even inadvertently) used the keyboard shortcut option+command+D it turns on (or off) this setting. Disable keyboard shortcut You ...
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How to hide a specific active app on OS X?

Just to save others from wasting their time here: This appears to be impossible in macOS Monterey onwards macOS Monterey 12.0.0 was released October 2021, so around then was probably when this ...
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What is this black bar at the bottom of my Dock?

Occasionally the progress bar that appears under the downloads folder does not go away as it should when the download completes. You should be able to remove it by simply restarting the computer or ...
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When in Fullscreen OSX Yosemite won't hide the dock

Open Terminal and type: killall Dock This will restart the process.
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How do I create a Windows-like Start Menu for the macOS Dock without 3rd party software?

You can add arbitrary folders to your Dock and these folders can contain other folders as well as aliases to apps in the /Applications folder. Create a folder such as ~/Applications (macOS will ...
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What is this extra divider line on my Dock?

Recent apps This is recently-opened applications, which is on by default in macOS Mojave. To disable, open System Preferences > Dock, and uncheck Show recent applications in Dock.
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What does this blue dot in the Dock in Mojave mean?

I've seen instances in the past when certain app icons appear incredibly small in the Dock, to the point that clicking on them does nothing. The icon in your screenshot looks very similar to the ...
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How do I create a Windows-like Start Menu for the macOS Dock without 3rd party software?

Yes, this is largely possible within macOS. Some of it is very straightforward, while some of it requires a bit more effort. Create a ’Start Menu’ folder for the Dock Follow these steps to create ...
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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 found that the killall Dock solution didn't work (anytime I restarted my computer I had to run the code in Terminal again), and the Alias solution left me wanting to really figure out how to do this!...
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How to stop this icon from appearing on the taskbar?

That's the "handoff" feature. You can turn it off at: Settings > General > Handoff. When you turn it off, that device can't send or receive handoffs. A little bit more info. You could also ...
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Missing icons on macOS Sierra

This happened to me after upgrading to High Sierra - Having tried all of the icon cache suggestions without any success I booted in to "safe mode" and the problem was fixed. Restart Mac holding the ...
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Remove macOS Dock icon with a command in Terminal

I recommend using dockutil for this. You can either download and install this directly from github, or you can install it using Homebrew with the command brew install dockutil Once installed, you ...
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