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The Dock

The most striking user experience element that we'll be looking at today is the Dock. This is the gorgeous piece of software that you've seen in all the Apple demonstrations. The Dock, shown in its default state in Figure 3.16, has several functions, including providing a resting place for the trash can, replacing the application switcher menu, and acting as substitutes for the control strip and the Apple menu. Although displayed in horizontal orientation in Figure 3.16, the Dock preferences also allow it to be placed vertically on either side of the screen.

Figure 3.16. The Dock wears many hats…



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