I have finally found the answer to this question. If the Dock fails to relaunch, execute the following shell commands:
launchctl stop com.apple.Dock.agent
launchctl start com.apple.Dock.agent
The second command may not be necessary but should probably be included anyway just to be safe. This is probably a much safer way to restart the Dock than simply ...
If you have the Downloads stack in the Dock, you can ⌘-click it to open a new Finder window to the Downloads folder.
If you want to create an AppleScript application to put in the Dock that when single clicked opens a new Finder window to the Downloads folder bringing it to the top without bringing other Finder windows to the top also, then the follow line ...
The solution requires SwitchResX and to follow this guide - How to Mimic a 2K Monitor as “Retina Display” in macOS Sierra Using HiDPI. The high level steps:
Create a custom 4k resolution (3840 x 2160) in SwitchResX using the Scaled resolution option.
1920 x 1080 HiDPi becomes available in Current Resolutions of SwitchResX.
Somewhat copied from: Executing Shell Scripts from the OS X Dock
The following creates a running application that doesn't need to spawn the terminal to work. Do something like the following from the command line:
mkdir -p "/Applications/$name.app/Contents/MacOS"
cat > &...
The App Store runs elevated privileges as do many other parts of the system. Think of a bank, typically anyone can go deposit money in an arbitrary account, but only people with permission to withdraw funds can remove them.
When any account asks to install apps, the system checks the configuration and if allowed, installs them with the permissions programmed ...
The number on App Store icon indicates the number of available app updates. The number on the System Preferences icon depends on what option in System Preferences also shows the number. Often it is that there is a software update to macOS available.
In some apps, it's the number of notifications: like email, or messages.
The Automator workflow isn't what caused the vertical lines, as there is nothing in the workflow capable of doing that. There is a new feature, since macOS Mojave, in System Preferences > Dock which added an additional vertical line, [√] Show recent applications in Dock. Uncheck it and the vertical line on the left will go away.
Your issue is very much like the one in this question about a MacBook with only two USB-C ports as well: MacBook 4K/60Hz adapter is working directly, but not via USB-C hub
While you have two Thunderbolt ports, the MacBook only had USB ports that supported DisplayPort. So, in your case, you have a couple of options:
Plug one display into one of the USB-C ...
Get a proper Thunderbolt 2 dock.
The problem that you’re going to have is that Thunderbolt 2 does not provide all of the bandwidth and capabilities necessary to support what’s on the Thunderbolt 3 dock.
Using a USB-C dock with older MacBook Pros
Those Thunderbolt 2 to thunderbolt 3 adapters are great for when you’re using a single use items like an Ethernet ...
The Apple adapter is bi-directional and power pass through works well. You won’t have any issues other than being restricted to Thunderbolt 2 speeds. (Which should be an obvious limitation)
Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter
USB 3.1 to 2.0 works for data and lesser power, so that’s not a full ...
There is keyboard shortcut for viewing Desktop:
System Preferences > Mission Control > Keyboard and Mouse Shortcuts > Show Desktop
This should be F11 by default but alternative key can be chosen from options provided in drop-down menu.
Pressing key set shows desktop, pressing it again takes you back to the window you were.
Addressing border issue: ...
While documenting this problem, I stumbled upon the solution -- after two years of fiddling with this. Note the new placement of the laptop in the arrangement below when compared to that in the original post. I had tried swapping monitors, cables, ports on my MBP dock, the menubar location. Nothing helped. And while I was writing up the original post I ...
I don't have a specific answer as to what causes macOS to do this, however there is an issue on the VS Code GitHub repository which has lots of discussions about this (for VS Code app at least).
It seems to have something to do with launching an app directly (executing the binary inside XYZ.app/Contents/MacOS) instead of via Launch Services (the open command)...
When you "right-click on Applications on the Sidebar and select: Add to Dock", nothing obvious happens if you have the Dock hidden, which is the default behavior. If your Dock looks anything like mine, after you add the Applications folder to the Dock, you might not even notice it.
When I right-click on Applications on the Sidebar and select: Add ...
Well, it sure seems the difference is caused by different methods of installing Python. If your systems are identical then its caused by Python itself. You could try installing python via homebrew on your new machine and see if the behavior changes. You should run python in a virtual environment. If you do that you can have multiple versions of python3 on ...
The problem is with the USB-C -> USB-A connection you are losing your DP/HDMI video in the transition between adapters.
Ideally, you need a dock that provides a USB-C connector and runs USB 3.1 and/or Thunderbolt3 over it. USB-C is the connector it could be USB 3.1 or it could be Thunderbolt3. The Mac can send video over just USB 3.1 via USB-C without ...
The limitation is the Dell WD15 Dock only supports HDMI 1.4a (see specifications), which only supports 3840 x 1600 at 24p, and the dock does not support HDCP (content protection). Your Mac wants to run at 60p unless it is playing a movie, in which case Netflix wants HDCP. Count yourself lucky that your 2017 Mojave Mac will let you use 3840 x 1600 at all.
This is terrible, the issue resolved itself and I do not know what did it. My general usage and workflow did not change. No restart was done since posting this question, and I've attempted to recreate my previous usage.
Apologies to any who come across this issue expecting a satisfactory solution.
You can disable the App start bounce in System Preferences > Dock > Animate opening Applications.
If you want to check preferences file for the changes it makes, see this answer for details on how to check that. Comments has an easier way too.
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The dock has two DisplayPort ports, which are not present in the USB-C cable, so the hub must have some extra hardware providing this.
This may require drivers. I have a Thinkpad USB-C dock home from work these days (corona) which require a DisplayLink driver installed on my Mac to provide video output from the dock. It might be something similar here.
The clue is in the name: Thunderbolt and USB are two different things, even though they both use the same plug and socket.
USB C offers some of the capabilities - video signal, power transmission, data; but Thunderbolt provides a greater range of data travelling down the same cable.
The Thunderbolt Dock has 2 HDMI ports, which can provide two separate ...
The launcher you see towards the bottom of your Mac is called the Dock, a prominent part of macOS user experience. You can learn more about the Dock in macOS here
The red circle you see on an app icon is called a Badge. Quoting from the macOS Human Interface Guidelines - Badging section:
Apps can display a small red oval containing a white ...
The Dock will only go to the left of the left-most monitor, or the right of the fight-most, [based on your setup in System Prefs > Displays > Arrangement & not on their physical placement if this does not match.]
It will not sit in the middle.
If you want it to go to your current working display, it has to be set to the bottom, & you need 'Displays ...
This is a partial answer.
You can put any group of items in a Dock fan by putting symlinks to each of them in a directory, and dragging that directory from Finder to Dock. You may need to change its options to Fan after dragging it in. You can also paste any image into the folder's icon in a Get Info window.
But as far as I know, you're stuck with it on ...
Starting off, it’s important to know that any Thunderbolt dock that you get will be obsolete by about five years (at the time of this writing).
You need a Thunderbolt 1 or Thunderbolt 2 dock. They will support your requirements of plugging in your peripheral devices; hard drives, keyboards, mice, etc. You may need an adapter for your MIDI interface, but ...
Hover is something that comes out of the gesture recognition engine on macOS so it's more complicated than simply the cursor is now over a link. It matters if more than one finger (multitouch) is detected and it also needs a stable input.
One rare cause of this is flakey USB that causes a (possibly invisible) shake to the input - this is filtered out, so ...
https://www.caldigit.com/usb-c-pro-dock/ could be an option. But bear in mind that you will be running the monitor signal over USB 3.0 (as an "older MacBook (Pro)" may not have USB 3.1/3.2 yet. This will likely limit the achievable video canvas size and/or frame rate.