Instantly Add Item to the Mac Dock with a Keyboard Shortcut
Just about all Mac users know that you can add items to the Dock of OS X by dragging and dropping things into it, but another option, which may even be faster for some users, is to use a keyboard shortcut. With a quick keystroke, you can instantly add any item from the file system of a Mac – be it a file, folder, or application – into the Dock of OS X.
This trick is pretty simple, first you’ll want to navigate to anything within the Finder. Try something in the /Applications/ folder, or select any item from anywhere in the Finder if you just want to give it a test to see how it works.
- Once the item is selected in the Finder, you’ll hit the keyboard shortcut: Control+Shift+Command+T
The selected item, folder, or app will now be in the Dock.
Remember that applications will add themselves to the left side of the Dock, whereas documents or folders will add themselves to the right side of the Dock.
If you did this for testing purposes with something you don’t really want to stay in the Mac Dock, remember there is a slight delay for removing Dock icons in modern versions of OS X.
Now that you’ve added something to the Dock with a keystroke in OS X, if you want you can even navigate within the Dock itself with keyboard shortcuts too, including launching apps.
And for those wondering, the Dock shown in the sample screenshots has been made transparent with these instructions.