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3 Terminal Tricks to Tweak the Dock in Mac OS X

3 Terminal Tricks to Tweak the Dock in Mac OS X

We have been playing with the terminal in Mac OS X, an awful lot lately. This time we have got some wonderful tricks for the Dock on your Mac. Seriously, who knew simple commands could do so much, right?

Some more Interesting Terminal Tweaks for Mac:

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Before we proceed please note:

  • All these terminal tweaks for the Dock in Mac OS X, can be restored to original settings
  • To Launch Terminal type Terminal in Spotlight(Cmd+Space) or launch manually from Application > Utilities
  • After every tweak you need to restart the Dock for the changes to be effective. To do this type killall Dock in Terminal and press Enter.

1. Add Spaces in Dock to Separate Icons:

This tweak allows you to add one or more blank tiles to space out the icons. You could use it group icons of a kind together to prevent accidentally launching another app. To add the spacer copy the following command to terminal and press Enter.

defaults write com.apple.dock persistent-apps -array-add ‘{tile-data={}; tile-type=”spacer-tile”;}’

Don’t forget to restart the Dock, as mentioned in the beginning.

Here, I decided to add spaces in the Dock to separate my browsers from the rest of the Dock icons.

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To remove the spaces from dock, either drag the space out of the dock or right click on it and then select Remove from Dock.

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2. Make Hidden Applications Transparent

This is another cool graphical tweak, allowing you to make the icon of the hidden application transparent. The terminal command for this is:

defaults write com.apple.Dock showhidden -bool YES

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To restore default setting and disable this feature type:

defaults write com.apple.Dock showhidden -bool NO

3. Flatten Effect on Dock

Get the flattened dock with the older two dimensional look by typing the following command:

defaults write com.apple.dock no-glass -boolean YES

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I really like this clean no glamour look and plan on keeping it permanently. But you can restore it to default by typing the following command:

defaults write com.apple.dock no-glass -boolean NO

Let us know which of these tweaks do you like best or if you know of more tweaks, do share them with other readers via comments.

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