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Chapter 1. Getting Started with Mac OS X... > Displaying and Using the Dock

Displaying and Using the Dock

The Dock is a bar at the bottom of the screen that you can use to open frequently used applications and utilities, system preferences, Web sites and the Trash, as well as redisplay minimized applications and Finder windows. If you don't see the Dock at the bottom of your screen, then its automatically hidden. You can change an option in the Dock pane of System Preferences to always display the Dock. The Dock has two sides with a divider line separating the two. The left side is for applications and the right side is for everything else: files, documents, folders, and disks. When you point to an icon, its name appears above it. Document and folder icons in the Dock actually display an image of the contents to make it a little easier to distinguish between them. When you press a folder or disk icon, a list of its contents appears as a menu to quickly display its contents. When you launch an application, it's icon appears in the Dock with a black arrow below it. When you quit an application or window not permanently placed in the Dock, its icon is removed from the Dock. In addition to the predefined icons in the Dock, you can also quickly and permanently add your own icons in the Dock.

Display and Use the Dock

  • Display a hidden Dock. Move the mouse pointer to the bottom or side of the screen.

  • Open, launch or redisplay a minimized item. Click its icon.

  • Choose commands for an item. Press the icon in the Dock, and then click a command.

    For example, press an application icon, and then click Keep In Dock to permanently add the icon in the Dock for future use.



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