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How to Change Dock Stacks Icon Size in Grid View of OS X

Jan 19, 2012 - 5 Comments
Increase stack icon size

Stacks are a Dock feature in Mac OS X which allows for an easy way to see the contents of Applications, Documents, Downloads, and whatever other folder placed into the Dock. There are a few different ways to view the Stacks, which appear on the right side of the Mac Dock, like grid, automatic, list, … Read More

Change & Customize the Dock in Mac OS X Lion with Docker

Jan 13, 2012 - 10 Comments
3D Transparent Dock in Mac OS X Lion

We have gone through tons of OS X Dock tips before, but with the help of a free Lion compatible app called Docker, we can apply many changes to the Docks behavior and customizations to the Docks appearance easily with just a few clicks. What exactly can you customize? Using Docker, you can: change Dock … Read More

Show the Dock in Full Screen Apps in Mac OS X

Jan 3, 2012 - 9 Comments
Show Dock in Full Screen Apps

The Dock disappears whenever an app is put into Mac OS X full screen mode, but that doesn’t mean you can’t access the Dock if you need it. To show the Dock in a full screen app, swipe twice at the bottom of the screen, the first swipe won’t show anything but the second swipe … Read More

Add Spacers to the Right-Side of the Dock in Mac OS X

Dec 16, 2011 - 5 Comments
Spacers on the Right Side of the Dock in Mac OS X

Just like you can add spacers between app icons in the OS X Dock (the left side), we can also add these same spacers to the right-side of the Dock, where the Applications, Documents, Downloads, and Trash icons live. Launch the Terminal and paste the following defaults write string into the command line: defaults write … Read More

Enable Hidden Dock Stack Gestures in Mac OS X

Nov 30, 2011 - 6 Comments
Mouse Spring gesture from the OS X Dock

This is a neat little hack that lets you activate any stack within the Dock by hovering over it and making the scroll gesture on a multitouch trackpad or Magic Mouse, or by rolling the scroll wheel on a mouse. Do the same trick while hovering the mouse cursor over an app icon in the … Read More

Show Recent Items Per App with a Two-Fingered Double Tap in OS X

Oct 25, 2011 - 8 Comments
Show Recent Items per application in OS X Lion

You can quickly see any apps active windows and or recent items in Mac OS X from Yosemite through Lion by using a two-fingered double-tap on that applications icon in the Dock.

Super-Size Dock Icon Magnification in Mac OS X

May 9, 2011 - 2 Comments
Super Size Mac OS X Dock Icon Magnification

For those using larger displays you may wish the OS X Dock icon magnification was greater on the Mac, but it turns out this can be achieved easily with a defaults write command.

Show Only Currently Active Apps in the Mac OS X Dock

Apr 28, 2011 - 13 Comments
Show active apps only in Mac OS X Dock

Here’s a great trick if you prefer a minimalist Mac OS X desktop and Dock: set the Dock to only display currently active apps. Launch the Terminal and enter the following command: defaults write static-only -bool TRUE Now you have to kill the Dock for changes to take effect: killall Dock If you use … Read More

How to Add a Recent Items Menu Stack to the Dock of Mac OS X

Apr 15, 2011 - 13 Comments

You can add a Recent Items menu Stack to the Mac OS X Dock by using a defaults write command. The default is set to “Recent Applications” but once the Dock item exists you can adjust it to feature other recent items too, like Recent Files, Recent Items, Recent Servers. This is a neat feature … Read More

Mac OS X Lion adds iOS style notifications to Dock icons

Feb 28, 2011 - 20 Comments

Mac OS X Lion includes more iOS style notifications on apps Dock icons. In this screenshot you can see them on the iChat app, showing how many unread messages are available. There are a lot of neat features appearing in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion (at least in the Developer Preview), and although some people … Read More

How to Quit & Force Quit Apps from Dock Icons in Mac OS X

Feb 27, 2011 - 3 Comments

Did you know that you can quickly quit out of an application from the Dock of Mac OS X? And did you know that you can also force quit out of an app in Mac OS X by using the Dock icon too? Perhaps not well known, but the Dock of OS X can function … Read More

Add a Spacer to the Mac OS X Dock

Jan 19, 2011 - 10 Comments
mac dock spacer

You can add blank spacers to the Mac OS X Dock by issuing a defaults write command in the Terminal, you can see the effect in the screenshot above with the space between the Firefox icon and iChat icon. To get a spacer paste the following command into the Terminal: defaults write persistent-apps -array-add … Read More

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