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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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 com.apple.dock static-only -bool TRUE Now you have to kill the Dock for changes to take effect: killall Dock If you use … Read More
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 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
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
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 com.apple.dock persistent-apps -array-add … Read More
The Dock is one of those staple features of Mac OS X, containing all running apps and also serving as a quick launch bar for opening applications and managing multitasking. The Dock is popular and intuitive enough for it to be a core user interface element beyond the Mac, included as a major component in … Read More