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3.2. Setting Up the Dock

Apple starts the Dock off with a few icons it thinks you'll enjoy: QuickTime Player, iTunes, iPhoto, iChat, Mail, the Safari Web browser, and so on. But using your Mac without putting your own favorite icons on the Dock is like buying an expensive suit and turning down the free alteration service. At the first opportunity, you should make the Dock your own.

The concept of the Dock is simple: Any icon you drag onto it (Figure 3-1) is installed there as a button. (You can even drag an open window onto the Dock-a Microsoft Word document you're editing, say-using its folder proxy icon [Section 1.2.4] as a handle.)


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