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How to Place the Dock in a Corner of the Screen in Mac OS X

Dec 5, 2013 - 5 Comments
The Dock of OS X

Want to have the Mac Dock in the corner of the screen? The Mac OS X Dock sits centered along the bottom of the screen on every Mac by default, and most users probably assume that moving the Dock to a new location is limited to centering on either the left or right side of … Read More

How to Make the Dock Appear on an External Display in Mac OS X

Nov 17, 2013 - 27 Comments
Show the Dock on an external display in Mac OS X

Newer versions of Mac OS brought significant improvements to multi-display support for Mac users who have their computer connected to an external screen or two. One of the more helpful feature changes with multi-display support is the ability to access the Dock on any of the connected screens to a Mac through the use of … Read More

Get a Transparent Dock in OS X Mavericks by Disabling the Frost Effect

Nov 15, 2013 - 29 Comments
Transparent Dock in OS X

The Dock received a visual overhaul in OS X Mavericks which defaults to removing a minor transparency effect. It’s a subtle change that many users won’t even notice, but the difference is that now the content of windows, images, and items moved below/behind the Dock are no longer visible through what looks like a frosty … Read More

How to Change the Dock Color & Appearance in iOS

Nov 3, 2013 - 8 Comments

The Dock received a significant visual overhaul along with almost everything else in modern iOS versions, and though the days of the OS X look-a-like are gone, you can still customize the coloration and transparency of the Dock a bit. One option is to change the wallpaper, which has a profound effect on the appearance … Read More

How to Move the Dock Position in Mac OS X

Oct 11, 2013 - 9 Comments
Change the Mac Dock location

The Dock sits at the bottom of the screen on every Mac by default, and it will stay there unless it has been relocated either with a settings adjustment or a key modifier. If you’d like to switch the location of where the Mac OS X Dock resides, you can easily do so with either … Read More

How to Change the Dock Indicator Lights Color in Mac OS X

May 21, 2013 - 8 Comments
Change the Dock Indicator Lights color in Mac OS X

The color indicators in the Mac OS X Dock provide an easy way to tell what apps are running just by glancing at the Dock. OS X basically provides you with two options for those indicators, which is to either show them or not, but because we like to customize things we’ll cover how to … Read More

Disable the Red Badge Alerts on Dock Icons in Mac OS X

Apr 29, 2013 - 1 Comment
Disable badge app icons in Mac OS X

The little red badges that appear on app icons stored in the Mac OS X Dock are intended to provide a quick alert and overview of some important notification pertaining to the respective app. Whether it’s the new unread email count, new iMessages, a Calendar event, unfinished Reminders, missed FaceTime calls, or any other number … Read More

Reduce Dock Clutter in OS X by Minimizing Windows Into Their App Icons

Apr 20, 2013 - 8 Comments
Minimized window thumbnails in the Dock of Mac OS X

If you minimize a lot of app windows while using a Mac you’ve probably noticed that the right side of the Dock in OS X quickly becomes cluttered with tons and tons of those minimized window thumbnails, and as they build up the size of the visible Dock slowly starts to shrink and adjust the … Read More

Add Folders to Dock on iPhone & iPad to Expand the App Capacity of the iOS Dock

Sep 3, 2012 - 5 Comments
Folder in Dock on iOS, shown on iPad

You can expand the app carrying capacity of iOS Dock by using Folders and placing those folders into the Dock on an iOS device. This is a great trick if you have more favorite apps than what fit in the iOS Dock by default (4 on iPhone, and 6 on iPad), so do yourself a … Read More

How to Remove Dock Icons in OS X Mountain Lion & Mavericks

Jul 28, 2012 - 8 Comments
Remove Dock Icon from OS X Mountain Lion

Removing app icons from the Dock has been the same since the very beginning of Mac OS X: grab an icon and drag it off the Dock into a poof of dust, whereby the icon is no longer displayed in the Dock. That behavior has changed slightly with OS X Mountain Lion and carried through … Read More

Send a Notification Badge to the Terminal Dock Icon When a Task is Finished

Jul 17, 2012 - 12 Comments
A notification badge alert is sent to the Terminal icon in the OS X Dock

Not long ago we showed you how to announce when a command line task was finished by using the ‘say’ command, but because it speaks aloud it may be inappropriate to use in a quiet environment. A much more subtle notification takes advantage of Terminal apps new usage of the BEL alert, which in OS … Read More

Create a Sorted Applications Launcher & App Menu for the Mac OS X Dock

Jun 5, 2012 - 11 Comments
Group Applications by Category and use a sorted app launcher in the Mac OS X Dock

If you keep the Applications folder in the OS X Dock for quick app launching you’ve probably noticed it’s just a giant list of all the apps installed. Sure you can change the display to use a grid, list, or fan, but if you have a lot of apps you’ll still end up with a … Read More

Quickly Minimize Windows in Mac OS X with a Keyboard Shortcut or Double-Click

May 21, 2012 - 19 Comments
Double Click a Window Title Bar to Minimize it in Mac OS X

Virtually everyone knows you can click the yellow pill button in the upper left corner of a window to minimize a window in Mac OS X, but there are actually a few other ways minimize windows faster than that. The first is my preferred method which is a quick keystroke, and the other lets you … Read More

Navigate the Dock in Mac OS X with These 8 Keyboard Shortcuts

May 8, 2012 - 8 Comments
Navigate the Dock in Mac OS X with the Keyboard

For the power users out there who prefer to leave their hands on the keyboard as much as possible, you’ll be pleased to know that the Dock in Mac OS X can be used exclusively from the keyboard with full functionality. With just the right keys pressed and keystroke combinations, you can navigate around Dock … Read More

Watch System Activity and CPU Usage from the Mac OS X Dock

Mar 30, 2012 - 9 Comments
Enable the Dock Activity Monitor in Mac OS X

Activity Monitor can be used for more than just managing tasks and killing processes, it can also turn the Mac OS X Dock into a live system monitor where you can keep an eye on processor usage, CPU history, network activity, disk activity, or RAM use.

Change the Animation Speed of Hiding & Displaying the Mac OS X Dock

Mar 28, 2012 - 8 Comments
Change the Dock Animation Speed

Automatically hiding the Dock is one of the more useful features you can enable if you work on a Mac with limited screen space. That experience can be improved by removing the auto-hide delay from the Dock in OS X, which reduces the delay from when a mouse is hovered near the Dock to when … Read More

Remove the Auto-Hiding Dock Delay in Mac OS X

Mar 27, 2012 - 39 Comments
Hidden Dock in Mac OS X displays faster

Want to access the Dock faster on the Mac? If you use a hidden Dock in Mac OS X, you can speed up the time it takes to show the Dock with a defaults write command. This command removes the delay from when a cursor is hovered near the Dock location and to when the … Read More

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

Jan 19, 2012 - 7 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

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