3 Cool Tips to Use Your Mac’s Dock More Productively

Alvaro Bernedo

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For Mac users, the Dock can be either a tool that you hide and never use or something that you rely on several times a day. If you are a part of the latter group, then here are a few tips that will allow you to turn your Mac’s Dock into a much more productive tool.

Ready for them? Let’s get started.

Note: Make sure to read our previous entry to get even more out of the Dock on your Mac, or one of our many entries on making your Mac more productive.

1. Add Spaces Between Dock Icons

Most Mac users (myself included) usually just leave the Dock as it is. But if you are a control freak or just like to have things super organized, then there is a way for you to add actual blank spaces to it, which in turn will let you separate apps by groups and give the Dock a more
shelf-like appearance.

Dock Without Spaces    Dock With Space

Particularly useful if you have a ton of apps sitting on your Dock.

To add this empty space to your Mac Dock, open the Terminal and paste the following command:

defaults write com.apple.dock persistent-apps -array-add '{tile-data={}; tile-type="spacer-tile";}'

Once done, hit Return to execute the command and then also execute this command to restart the Dock:

killall Dock

Dock Spaces Terminal

The coolest part of this hack? The empty space acts like any other Dock item, so all you have to do to remove the space is drag it out of the Dock.

Useful Tip: For this or other changes that you make to the Dock, you might sometimes notice that the Dock won’t work at all. If that is the case, just open the Terminal and use the command mentioned above killall Dock to restart it updated with the latest changes.

2. Drag Files (And More) To Open

This feature of the Dock is quite convenient but not too-known by Mac users. In short, you can open files of almost any kind by simply dragging them into compatible apps on the Dock. That way you can, for example, drag an Excel spreadsheet to MS Excel on the Dock to open it. Likewise, you can drag that same spreadsheet into Apple Numbers.

Drag File to Dock

That’s not all though, since files are not the only items that can be dragged. Text is another item that works with this feature. Just highlight text from anywhere on your Mac and then drag it into an app that supports it to start working with it instantly. For example, you could drag text into the Mail app to start composing a message, a URL into Safari or Chrome and such.

3. Access Your Dock Even While On Full-screen

One of the best, most recent features of OS X is, in my opinion, being able to take apps into full-screen mode. However, when you do, the Dock hides itself and dragging your cursor won’t bring it up.

Access Dock in Full Screen

Well, to reveal the Dock even while using an app in fullscreen, drag the cursor to the edge of the screen once, then stop, and then drag it again in that direction (even if the cursor is already at the edge of the screen) and you will see the Dock pop up as usual.

There you go. Enjoy the tips and be more productive. And stick around for tons of cool, useful entries like this one.

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Alvaro Bernedo

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Alvaro Bernedo

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