Highlight Stack Items on Hover

Jan 7, 2008 - 27 Comments

Here’s a great tip that creates a nice hover effect when your mouse goes over an application (or folder) within a Leopard stack. Why this isn’t enabled by default in Leopard is beyond me, because it makes navigating within stacks a whole lot easier. Don’t miss out, here’s how to activate it:

Launch the Terminal and type the following command:
defaults write com.apple.dock mouse-over-hilite-stack -boolean yes

then, you’ll have to restart the Dock by issuing the following command:
killall Dock

To disable the hover highlights, type:
defaults write com.apple.dock mouse-over-hilite-stack -boolean no

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Posted by: Bill Ellis in 10.5, Customize, Leopard, Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks

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  1. csh says:

    This does not work.

    Are you sure about this one?

  2. Jon Barek says:

    works for me, nice tip

  3. l.durden says:

    This works great and I agree this should be turned on by default.

    When I restart rather it goes away and I have to do it again, any way to prevent that?

  4. Cmurr says:

    to the comment above, no it doesnt go away it stas on untill you say other wise

  5. Jagatei says:

    It doesn’t work for me either.

  6. Orange Lobster says:

    SWEET!

  7. banyue says:

    It only works on GRID view.

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  9. Tim says:

    It didn’t work for me either until I noticed that it’s not ‘hilite’ but ‘hilte’ in the command listed above.

  10. Robert says:

    Yeah it didn’t work for me either…. at first. I did just as the poster said didn’t notice any for like a day and then it just started working…

    (I assume I had restarted or something within that time period.. works now though…)

  11. SDO says:

    Yep, works here fine. Just have to set to grid view. Would be nice if they did this also in fan view.

  12. Tony says:

    What is Terminal?

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  15. Chris says:

    Why don’t you just press the TAB key in the stack… ;-)

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  17. Tra says:

    Thank you so much for the hint. That REALLY MAKES the Stacks feature much easier to use.

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  20. PeterVA says:

    This started working on it’s own, but then stopped with 10.6.1. I used your solution, but it didn’t work. At further glance, I noticed that the word “hilite” was spelled as “hilte”. I edited the plist file to spell the word as “hilite” and it worked right away.

  21. pro says:

    wn, but then stopped with 10.6.1. I used your solution, but it didn’t work. At further glance, I noticed that the word “hilite” was spelled as “hilte”. I edited the plist file to spell the word as “hilite” and it worked right away.

  22. cory says:

    anyone get this to work in snow leopard? seems like it would be ON by default in this OS.

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  24. pixada says:

    There´s a typing fault in the command

    This should be “hilite” not “hilte”

    defaults write com.apple.dock mouse-over-hilite-stack -boolean YES
    killall Dock

    Working fine on Snow Leopard 10.6.x

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