ClearDock – Change the Dock’s background

Apr 12, 2007 - 6 Comments

By default, the Mac OS X Dock has a semitransparent white background that holsters the Dock’s icons. ClearDock is a nice little utility that allows you to customize the Dock background to be completely transparent, or if you’d prefer, you can select a different semitransparent color. It’s super easy to use, and best of all, it’s completely free. Check out the screenshot below to see the transparent effect in action.

ClearDock features:

  • Remove white Dock background under all Dock icons.
  • Change the white Dock background color to any other color.
  • Change the applications triangle color.

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Posted by: OSXDaily in Customize, Mac OS, Utilities


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  1. Nicolas B. says:

    I don’t see any images.

    Your tip is broken.

  2. Theodor says:

    It didn´t work for me. I think Lion is the problem

  3. Apple_K!ll3rz says:

    how to change the docks background??

  4. Rex says:

    Yes but how do you alter the triangle color? mine are staying black.

  5. franklin says:

    You can also make hidden applications in the dock transparent by following this guide:


  6. Cat says:

    Nice! A non-hacky, non-costy (sorry) way to change the doc background. Thanks for the info!

    Tell me, though: what is that 7th app shown in your doc? It intrigues me because the icon looks very much like a computer I used to work with waaaaaay back in the early 1980s called the NEC APC.

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