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Super-Size Dock Icon Magnification

May 9, 2011 - 2 Comments

For those using larger displays you may wish the Dock icon magnification was greater, this can be achieved easily with a defaults write command. The number at the end represents the pixel dimensions of the icon magnification, so 200 equates to 200×200 (for reference, 128 is the default): defaults write com.apple.dock largesize -float 200 200×200 … Read More

Show Only Currently Active Apps in the Mac OS X Dock

Apr 28, 2011 - 12 Comments

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

Add a Recent Items Menu to the Dock

Apr 15, 2011 - 17 Comments

You can add a Recent Items menu 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. Launch the terminal and enter the following: defaults write com.apple.dock persistent-others -array-add ‘{ … 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

Add a Spacer to the Mac OS X Dock

Jan 19, 2011 - 10 Comments

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

Hide and Show the Dock in Mac OS X

Dec 10, 2010 - 7 Comments

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

Get Windows 7 style window previews on your Mac Dock

Oct 18, 2010 - 5 Comments

One of the features of Windows 7 that gets pretty good reviews is the window preview, you access these by hovering over items in the Windows task/start bar and a little preview of the minimized window is shown as a pop-up. With a little utility called HyperDock, you can get this same functionality on your … Read More

Play Recent Songs Directly from iTunes Dock Icon in Mac OS X

Jul 19, 2010 - 4 Comments

You may have known that you can navigate around music, skip songs, go backward to prior songs, pause, and mute music, all from the iTunes Dock icon, but did you know that the iTunes dock item in OS X also includes a list of the ten most recently played songs? To access the recent songs … Read More

Make Hidden Application Icons Translucent in the Dock

Jun 22, 2010 - 15 Comments

Notice anything different about that Dock? Some of the icons are shown as translucent, and that is because they are hidden apps. It’s a subtle change, and this hidden optional setting can be enabled in OS X by using the command line. This is a great feature for Mac users who hide apps to clear … Read More

How to make applications minimize into their Dock icon

May 11, 2010 - 2 Comments

You can make save a lot of clutter from the Dock by making applications minimize into their own Dock icon. Here’s how to enable this: * Launch System Preferences * Click on the “Dock” icon * Select the checkbox next to “Minimize windows into application icon” * Close System Preferences Changes take effect immediately, all … Read More

Dock.prefPane error loading in Snow Leopard

Apr 1, 2010 - 2 Comments

Dock.prefPane “The document ‘Dock.prefPane’ could not be opened. System Preferences cannot open files in the ‘Mac OS X Preference Pane’ format.” Oh that makes perfect sense, a default preference pane can’t be opened by the System Preferences? What?? Maybe this is an April Fools joke from System Preferences… but a reboot fixed it.

Minimize Windows Into the Applications Dock Icon

Mar 2, 2010 - 8 Comments

If you’re tired of having your Dock full of thumbnailed versions of minimized windows, you can change the Dock’s minimize behavior with a simple Terminal command that will minimize windows into the parent applications Dock icon. You can then tell which windows are minimized by looking for the diamond next to the window name (see … Read More

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