remove item from mac dock

How to Add and Remove Dock items on Mac

How to Remove Item from Mac Dock

This is a simple but useful tutorial on how to add and remove applications from your Mac Dock.

remove item from mac dock

As i’m sure you already know the Dock is located at the bottom of our Mac screens, popping up when we move our mouse down near the bottom of the screen.

If you need to remove an icon from the Dock, hover over the item and hold click, it should highlight but not open this should then allow you to move it off the Dock either to the trash or on the blank screen, then let it go. You will know it has worked because the icon will disappear in a puff of smoke.

By doing this it will not delete the app or files but just the icon from the Dock.

 

How to Add item to Mac Dock

To re-add the item or a new one. Go into your application folder, either by going to lauchpad and finding the item there or by going to Finder and opening a new finder window, you will then see Applications or the right hand side.

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Once you can see the icon you want to add to the Dock use the same method by hovering of the item and hold click and drag onto the Dock, once you found the perfect spot to put it, the over Dock icons should move over for you to ‘drop’ it there.

 

How to Customize and Change Location of Mac Dock

To jazz up and customise your snazzy Dock go to system preferences (located on the right hand side of the Dock) – once in system preferences, near the top will be ‘Dock’ so click that.

Options will be to change the size of the Dock items from small to large and in-between.

Magnification, which adjusts the size when the Dock pops up.

You can also change the position of the Dock from the default bottom to the left or right hand side.

Other options allow you to change the window effect from Scale to Genie.

What most Mac users check is having the Dock ‘automatically hide and show the Dock’ so it doesn’t get in your way while working on browsing on your computer. So it’s basically invisible until you need it.

Another useful options to have is check ‘Minimise windows into application icon’ so if you’ve got lots of browser windows or files open they will just show the icon instead of individually clogging up the desktop and Dock.

Sophie Tucker

Sophie Tucker

Chef Author at MacNerdy.com
Hi I'm Sophie, Chef Author at Macnerdy.com I'm a self proclaimed Mac Nerd and try and make it my job to know the latest tips and tricks for my readers. So whether you are a budding Mac geek, or a full blown enthusiast, I hope my guides can get you through smoothly 🙂
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Hi I'm Sophie, Chef Author at Macnerdy.com I'm a self proclaimed Mac Nerd and try and make it my job to know the latest tips and tricks for my readers. So whether you are a budding Mac geek, or a full blown enthusiast, I hope my guides can get you through smoothly :)