May 06









This tutorial will show you how to customize your Mac OS X Dock. You will learn how to change your Dock from 3D to 2D. You will also learn how to add empty spaces to your Dock and how to increase the actual size of your Dock past the default size allowed by System Preferences. Just follow the simple steps below and in no time you will be able to customize your Mac Dock as well:

CHANGE YOUR DOCK FROM 3D to 2D

1.) Click on the Desktop to bring Finder to the Mac menu bar, Click on “Go” -> “Utilities” -> “Terminal“.
2.) In Terminal type the following command to change the Dock from 3D to 2D: defaults write com.apple.dock no-glass -boolean YES
NOTE: To change the Dock from 2D back to 3D: defaults write com.apple.dock no-glass -boolean NO
3.) After you have entered the previous command you will need to type the following command into Terminal to make the Dock changes take effect: killall Dock

 

INCREASE THE SIZE OF YOUR DOCK ABOVE THE SYSTEM PREFERENCES MAXIMUM ALLOWED

1.) Click on the Desktop to bring Finder to the Mac menu bar, Click on “Go” -> “Utilities” -> “Terminal“.
2.) In Terminal type the following command to increase the Dock size: defaults write com.apple.dock tilesize -int 256
NOTE: To decrease the Dock size back to the normal range just click on the apple in the mac menu bar and then on “System Preferences” -> “Dock” and use the slider.
3.) After you have entered the previous command you will need to type the following command into Terminal to make the Dock changes take effect: killall Dock

 

INCREASE THE MAGNIFICATION OF YOUR DOCK ICONS ABOVE THE SYSTEM PREFERENCES MAXIMUM ALLOWED

1.) Click on the Desktop to bring Finder to the Mac menu bar, Click on “Go” -> “Utilities” -> “Terminal“.
2.) In Terminal type the following command to increase the Dock size: defaults write com.apple.dock largesize -int 512
NOTE: To decrease the Dock Icon Magnification size back to the normal range just click on the apple in the mac menu bar and then on “System Preferences” -> “Dock” and use the slider.
3.) After you have entered the previous command you will need to type the following command into Terminal to make the Dock changes take effect: killall Dock

ADD EMPTY SPACES TO YOUR DOCK

1.) Click on the Desktop to bring Finder to the Mac menu bar, Click on “Go” -> “Utilities” -> “Terminal“.
2.) In Terminal type the following command to add an empty space to the Dock: defaults write com.apple.dock persistent-apps -array-add ‘{ “tile-type” = “spacer-tile”; }’
NOTE: To delete the empty space holder in the Dock just click on the empty space and pull it up off the Dock and it will be trashed.
3.) After you have entered the previous command you will need to type the following command into Terminal to make the Dock changes take effect: killall Dock

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