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Customizing the Dock

The Dock, which is discussed in Chapter 2, can be customized to include icons for specific documents and applications that you use often. This makes them quick and easy to open any time you need them.

Tip

If you used the customizable Apple menu in previous versions of Mac OS, you may want to customize the Dock to include the items you previously included on the Apple menu.


Tip

The discussion of System Preferences in Chapter 11 includes additional customization options for the Dock.


To add an icon to the Dock

1.
Open the window containing the icon you want to add to the Dock.

2.
Drag the icon from the window to the Dock (Figure 15). When you release the mouse button, the icon appears (Figure 16).

Figure 15. Drag an icon from the window to the Dock.


Figure 16. The Icon appears in the Dock.


Tip

Dragging an icon to the Dock does not remove it from its original location.


To remove an icon from the Dock

Drag the item from the Dock to the desktop (Figure 17). When you release the mouse button, the icon disappears in a puff of "smoke" and no longer appears in the Dock (Figure 18).

Figure 17. Drag an icon off the Dock.


Figure 18. The icon is removed from the Dock.


Tip

Removing an icon from the Dock does not delete it from disk.


Tip

If you try to remove an icon for an application that is running, the icon will not disappear from the Dock until you quit the application.


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