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Chapter 6. Customizing the Finder > Customizing the Dock

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.

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  • When you press the mouse button down on a Dock icon, a menu with commands or other options that apply to that icon appears (Figures 39a and 39b). You can select a command like any other menu command.

    Figure 39. Pressing the mouse button on a Dock item often displays a menu. These examples show the menu for iChat when the application is not running (left) and when it is running (right).

  • When you press the mouse button down on a folder in the Dock, it appears as a menu. Choose an item to open it or point to a folder within the menu to display a submenu of items within it. Figure 40 shows an example of how you can use this feature.

    Figure 40. Creative use of folders in the Dock can put all your frequently used files at your fingertips-without turning the Dock into a cluttered mess. (As this example shows, however, the menus themselves can become cluttered messes!)



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