How to Move and Resize the Mac OS X Dock


How to Move and Resize the Mac OS X Dock
Mac Tip #405, 07 October 2009

The Mac OS X Dock can be very handy, but you may like to resize or move it. Here’s how.

The Dock is a strip of icons that is placed by default at the bottom of the screen. The Dock is a good place to store icons for applications you use frequently, and it gives quick access to certain folders and files.

If you prefer, make it smaller or larger, or move it to the left or right side. It cannot be moved to the top, though.

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Dock Magnification.

Dock Magnification.

Change the Dock’s location

To move the Dock use the Dock Preferences:

  • Go to the Dock preference pane in System Preferences.
  • Go to the Dock menu item under the Apple menu.
  • Control (⌃) Click on the Dock itself.

Then choose a Position at bottom, left or right.

Change the Dock’s size

To make the Dock smaller or larger:

  • Go to the Dock preference pane in System Preferences.
  • Go to the Dock menu item under the Apple menu.

Then slide the Size slider.

Or Command (⌘) Click on the Dock and move your mouse. Move towards the centre of the screen to make the Dock larger and towards the edge to make the Dock smaller.

There’s plenty more you can do to customise the Dock, but that will be the subject of further Tips.

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