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Chapter 3. Customizing the Finder > Customizing the Dock

Customizing the Dock

After you have worked with the Dock for a while, you probably want to customize it to better suite your needs. You can set Dock Preferences to adjust the Dock size and icon magnification when you point to one, change the Dock position on the screen, apply a bounce effect to an icon when you launch an application, select a minimization special effect, and even make it disappear when not in use.

Customize the Dock

Click the Apple menu, point to Dock, and then click Dock Preferences.

TIMESAVER Control-click the divider in the Dock to quickly display the Dock submenu.

Select the Dock options you want to adjust:

  • Dock Size. Drag slider to change the Dock size.

TIMESAVER Position the pointer on the divider in the Dock, so it turns into a double-headed arrow, and then drag to size it.

  • Magnification. Check to enable it, and then drag the slider to magnify the icons when you point to them in the Dock.

  • Position On Screen. Click the Left, Bottom, or Right option.

  • Minimize Using. Click the pop-up, and then select an animation effect.

Select the Animate Opening Applications check box to have the application icon bounce when you launch an application.

Select or clear the Automatically Hide And Show The Dock.

This changes when you select the Turn Hiding On menu command.

Click the Close button.


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