Join Nick Brazzi for an in-depth discussion in this video Organizing applications in the Dock and customizing the Dock, part of Mac OS X Yosemite Essential Training.
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- Earlier in this chapter we saw how easy it is to launch applications just by clicking on the icon in the dock, but you're probably already thinking, yeah that's pretty easy, but only if the application is already in the dock. There aren't that many icons in the dock after all. You might have also come to the conclusion that there are a bunch of applications in the dock that you'll never use. Fortunately, the dock is pretty easy to customize. I think it's a really good idea to take a moment to load up the dock with only the applications that you use everyday, so let's do that.
I wanna start by removing some icons from the dock. So let's say I'm not gonna use the notes application very often. It's really easy to take it away from the dock. I can just click and drag it away from the dock and I'm waiting to see this little flag that says remove and when I let go, it disappears from the dock. Now I have not deleted that application. It's still in the applications folder on my computer. I've just removed it from the dock. Here's another way to do it. I can right-click on an icon in the dock and I see there are options here.
I can go into that, I can hit remove from dock and that application leaves the dock. Now if an application is currently running, I'm gonna go ahead and launch Safari, the story is a little bit different. If I right-click on it, I go to options, I do not have the option to remove it from the dock, but I do have the option, keep in dock. It's this little check mark, so I'm gonna turn that off just buy clicking on it. Now if I right-click, I go to options, keep in dock is not checked.
That means it's not set. What that means is when I quit this application that icon is not gonna stay in the dock. So let's do that. I'm gonna quit Safari and now that icon is no longer in the dock. All right, so now we've removed some icons that we don't want and in fact, I removed Safari when I actually do want it there. So let's talk about how we can put icons into the dock. I wanna bring Safari back and I wanna add a few others. So I'm gonna need to go to the applications folder. So I do that by going into finder and I'm gonna use the shortcut on the left side for applications.
So let's go ahead and put Safari back. I'm gonna scroll through here and I'm gonna find Safari and I'm just gonna drag that down to the dock. As I drag it down you'll see that the other icons will get out of the way and I can decide where I want it to be. Now I still have not let go. I want to point out that there's this little black line that separates some items here. I cannot put applications on the dock to the right of that black line. It has to be to the left of the black line, so any applications has to be over here on the left side.
So I'm gonna put it back where it was before. You've probably noticed that we can change the order of these icons, even what's already in the dock, by just dragging and moving them left and right on the dock. So you can change that order however you like. Here's another way of adding something to the dock. I'm gonna find calculator. Maybe I want to have that in my dock so I can access it all the time. Instead of dragging it down I'm just going to launch it by double-clicking on it. From here I can right-click on it, go to options and I'll just enable that option to keep it in the dock.
So now when I quit calculator it's gonna stay in the dock. That's pretty handy. So now that I've got the applications in the dock that I want there's a little bit more customization that we can do to the dock. I'm gonna close this finder window. I'm gonna place my mouse on that black line that separates the two sections of the dock and I can right-click on that black line and there's an option here for dock preferences. I'm not gonna click on that yet because I also want to show you you can go to system preferences by going to the system menu and then to system preferences and then to the system preferences option for the dock.
You get the same stuff as if you had gone to right-click and go to dock preferences. So what can we do here? Well, we can change the size of the dock and that can be pretty handy. If you have a hard time seeing really small icons you might want to make them bigger. I'm gonna bring this down to something a little bit smaller and we can also enable magnification, so I'm gonna turn that on and now when I put my mouse on these icons, whichever one I'm pointed at is gonna grow larger. I can adjust how much larger it gets by changing this slider.
So you can see now it's just a gentle size change. Another thing I might do is change the magnification all the way to the max and change the dock size all the way to the minimum and then I get this really big, exaggerated magnification effect. But I usually don't do that. I usually choose a size that I like for the dock, set the magnification just a little bit larger than that, so it's just a gentle visual change so I know what I'm pointing at. I'm gonna turn magnification off. By default, your dock is at the bottom of the screen, but you do have options to position it on the left or the right side of the screen, so that's pretty handy.
I'm gonna put it back onto the bottom. There's a few other options here, but I just want to look at automatically hide and show the dock. I'm gonna turn that on. Now the dock is gone, but I can bring it back just by moving my mouse to the bottom of the screen. So if you ever find that the dock is just taking up space and you want it out of the way you might want to turn on automatically hiding and then you can get it by pointing your mouse at it. Now we can combine hiding with changing it's position so I could put my dock to the left side of the screen.
If I move my mouse to the bottom of the screen nothing happens, if I move my mouse to the left side of the screen, now because the dock is positioned over there, it'll pop up when I point at the left side of the screen. So I'm gonna go ahead and reset everything. I'm gonna put it back on the bottom and turn off automatically hiding. I wanna look at one last thing as far as resizing the dock. I mentioned that you could go to this black line, right-click and hit dock preferences, but you could also just put your mouse on that black line click and hold and drag up and down and change the size of the dock that way.
It's just a faster way to do it. So the dock is pretty essential for launching and managing applications. With that in mind, it's definitely worth it to get it set up the way you want it with the applications that you're gonna use and it's pretty easy to do that.
- Installing and running Mac OS X 10.10 for the first time
- Organizing your desktop
- Browsing file folders with Finder
- Creating, copying, moving, and renaming files and folders
- Launching and quitting applications from the Dock
- Using Dashboard Widgets and Mission Control
- Saving and searching
- Browsing the web with Safari
- Communicating with iMessage and FaceTime
- Using iTunes, QuickTime, and Maps
- Installing applications from the App Store
- Sharing over a network
- Backing up and restoring Mac OS X 10.10