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Chapter 5. Using and Customizing the Doc... > Customizing the Appearance and Behav...

Customizing the Appearance and Behavior of the Dock

The Dock offers several behaviors you can change to suit your preferences. You can also change various aspects of its appearance, as follows:

  • Size— You can change the default or current size of the Dock.

  • Magnification— The magnification effect causes items on the Dock to be magnified when you point to them. This can make identifying items easier, especially when many items are on the Dock or when it is small (see Figure 5.5). You can set the amount of magnification that is used.

    Figure 5.5. The magnification effect makes identifying items easier, although the magnification level of this particular Dock would be a bit much for most Mac users.

  • Hide/Show— The Dock does consume some screen space. Because it is always topmost, it can get in the way when you are working near its location on the screen. You can set the Dock so that it is hidden except when you point to it. When this behavior is enabled and you point to the Dock's location, it pops onto the desktop and you can use it. When you move off the Dock, it is hidden again.

    If the Dock is hidden, you need to hover a moment in the area of the screen in which it is located before it will appear. This prevents the Dock from popping up when you are working in a document near the edge of the screen and pass the mouse over the Dock's location.

  • Dock location— The Dock can appear at its default location on the bottom of the screen, or you can move it to the left or right side of the desktop.

  • Minimize Effect— You can choose either the Genie Effect or the Scale Effect.

  • Icon animation— You already know about this one because it is on by default. When you click an application's icon to open that application, the icon bounces to show you that the application is opening.



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