7 Useful Dock Shortcuts & Key Commands

Jan 6, 2007 - 2 Comments

The Dock is a major part of most Mac OS X users daily lives, for application launching, storage of minimzed windows, trash recepticle, decoration holder, and more. There’s quicker ways to do things through the Dock though, and even some cool tips that you might not have known about, like command clicking on an icon to reveal its Finder location. Get the most out of the Dock with this list of useful key commands and shortcuts.

Action Outcome Key Commands
Hide all other applications Command-Option click an App’s icon in Dock
Reveal a Dock item’s location in the Finder Command click on the icon in the Dock
Move a Dock item to somewhere else on the hard drive Command drag the icon from the Dock to new destination
Force a file to open in a specific program While dragging the file onto an app’s icon in the Dock, hold Command-Option
Change Quit to Force Quit Hold Option while in Dock menu
Force the Dock to only resize to non-interpolated icon sizes Hold Option while dragging Dock separator
Move Dock to left, bottom, right side of screen Hold Shift and drag Dock divider

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  1. MIKE says:

    Does anyone know how I can bring back my dashboard & address book icon back into the dock on my desktop after I mistakenly hid or quit them..thanks for any help you can give me!!

  2. jonvdveen says:

    Finally some life here at OSX Daily. I was starting to think that the blog had died out. That would have been unfortunate. Keep those apps and tip coming!


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