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Old Feb 17, 2012, 12:20 PM   #1
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How To Reset Dock?

Hi Guys,

Finished installing OS X Mountain Lion and everything is working perfectly, but I want to be able to restore dock size to defaults and normally it would require you deleting plist file in preferences but It doesn't seem to be working..

Anyone know how I can reset dock to default size?
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Old Feb 17, 2012, 12:21 PM   #2
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Tried the Dock preferences yet?
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Old Feb 17, 2012, 12:26 PM   #3
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Yup checked already..
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Old Feb 17, 2012, 02:17 PM   #4
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I was wondering that too. For some reason deleting the dock.plist doesn't do anything.
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Old Mar 19, 2012, 12:55 AM   #5
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Late reply, but I managed to find out how!

Open terminal and type without quote "defaults delete com.apple.dock" followed by "killall Dock"

It was driving me crazy, I wanted to test some things and reset to default and nothing worked, but this does
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Old Jun 14, 2012, 03:46 PM   #6
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Late reply, but I managed to find out how!

Open terminal and type without quote "defaults delete com.apple.dock" followed by "killall Dock"

It was driving me crazy, I wanted to test some things and reset to default and nothing worked, but this does
Thanks, this works on Developer Preview 4...
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Old Jul 26, 2012, 05:56 PM   #7
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Late reply, but I managed to find out how!

Open terminal and type without quote "defaults delete com.apple.dock" followed by "killall Dock"

It was driving me crazy, I wanted to test some things and reset to default and nothing worked, but this does
That above command didn't work for me. I tried:

rm ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.dock.{db,plist}; killall Dock

and that worked for me.
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Old Jul 26, 2012, 05:58 PM   #8
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In the Apple world, people shouldn't be able to set things like the Dock and Finder back to their default settings and appearance. Just like they shouldn't be able to hide file extensions of a certain type system wide.

Sorry, just felt like going on a bit of a rant there.
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Old Jul 26, 2012, 07:34 PM   #9
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That above command didn't work for me. I tried:

rm ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.dock.{db,plist}; killall Dock

and that worked for me.
strange, I just tried it and it still works for me on a ML clean install...
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Old Aug 22, 2012, 07:18 PM   #10
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The second command posted helped me out, but not the first.
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Old Aug 22, 2012, 07:26 PM   #11
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Make your own Applescipt. Open AppleScript Editor and put in the code:
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quit application "Dock"
Then while still in making the Script, after you put in the quit Dock code, Compile it then save it tour desktop or applications folder (save it as an application). Then just double click it to reset the Dock.
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Make your own Applescipt. Open AppleScript Editor and put in the code:
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quit application "Dock"
Then while still in making the Script, after you put in the quit Dock code, Compile it then save it tour desktop or applications folder (save it as an application). Then just double click it to reset the Dock.
That just restarts the Dock process. It will not do things like reset icon layout or preferences.
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Old Aug 22, 2012, 07:39 PM   #13
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try deleting (from the Home>Library>Preferences Folder):

com.apple.dock.plist
com.apple.dock.plist.lockfile

(maybe put them on the desktop, then run Killall Dock in terminal...)

you can get to the user library with option-click on the Go menu...
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In the Apple world, people shouldn't be able to set things like the Dock and Finder back to their default settings and appearance. Just like they shouldn't be able to hide file extensions of a certain type system wide.

Sorry, just felt like going on a bit of a rant there.
Why not????
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Old Aug 23, 2012, 08:14 AM   #15
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Exactly... There is no reason. Just features that Apple refuse to add for some reason.
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Originally Posted by FrancoisC View Post
Late reply, but I managed to find out how!

Open terminal and type without quote "defaults delete com.apple.dock" followed by "killall Dock"

It was driving me crazy, I wanted to test some things and reset to default and nothing worked, but this does
Worked perfectly for me. Thanks!
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Hi Guys,

Finished installing OS X Mountain Lion and everything is working perfectly, but I want to be able to restore dock size to defaults and normally it would require you deleting plist file in preferences but It doesn't seem to be working..

Anyone know how I can reset dock to default size?
Have a look here:
http://martinbay.net/reset-dock-os-x/
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