Today we’ll be revamping the dock on OSX. I bet you didn’t think it needs upgrading, huh? Well it does. Trust me, it does.
Hiding The Dock
Step one is to make the dock hidden by default. Make sure you have the following option ticked in your dock settings:
Maybe you think you want the dock to be always visible, but you don’t actually know what you want. Stick with me here.
Now the dock will not take up space on your display unless you mouse over it. It will not distract you with unnecessary visual information, so you can focus on your work. There’s a wrong way and a right way to configure your dock – choose the right way.
Showing The Dock
Here’s where the magic happens. Maybe you want to keep on top of the number of emails you have, or new messages on your Discord channels.
One way to view the dock is to mouse over the dock, but there’s an even better way using shortcuts.
OSX has a little-known keybinding to display the dock, right from the keyboard:
CMD + OPT + D (or
CTRL + F3).
And if you need to switch to an application, you can use
CMD + TAB or Alfred instead of clicking the dock.
Speeding Up The Dock
Not convinced that I’m a genius? Here’s the second part of the magic.
If you were to stop now, the dock would be unresponsive and slow to appear. Practically unusable, and you’d leave my blog in a huff, cursing my name without reading any of my other great articles.
Luckily you have me to show you the way.
Here’s the command that supercharges the dock and forever changes your life.
defaults write com.apple.dock autohide-time-modifier -float 0.4;killall Dock
You can adjust the speed by changing
0.4: lower numbers are faster.
0.5 is probably good for most people not as obsessed with performance as me.
You can remove the animation altogether with this command, though that is too abrupt for me:
defaults write com.apple.dock autohide-time-modifier -int 0;killall Dock
To restore the default:
defaults delete com.apple.dock autohide-time-modifier;killall Dock
I recommend three things: hide the dock, use shortcuts to access it, and speed it up so it doesn’t slow down your workflow. That’s it, and I hope this humble little guide can help you become more efficient and productive.