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Old Sep 7, 2006, 10:33 AM   #1
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Remove Safari icon from Dock for good

OS: 10.4.7

I remember reading about this issue somewhere else, but cannot find that info any more.

What I'm trying to do is remove Safari icon from my Dock for GOOD.

Every time I drag the icon out of my Dock, it gets removed. However, every single time I reboot my mac, the icon comes back to the same spot in my Dock.

My Safari app is in Application folder. I tried rebuilding the dock.plist but after the file rebuild, the icon comes back upon restart.

Has anyone found a remedy for this issue?
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Old Sep 7, 2006, 10:53 AM   #2
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Have you tried control-clicking, 'remove from dock' ? I did that the first day i got my mac, Safari hasn't come back once
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Old Sep 7, 2006, 10:58 AM   #3
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Have you tried control-clicking, 'remove from dock' ? I did that the first day i got my mac, Safari hasn't come back once
Clicking remove from dock or dragging it off the dock should remove it. The OP already tried dragging it off the dock. Not sure why it's not staying off on a reboot.

Does a new account have the same behavior?
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Old Sep 7, 2006, 11:05 AM   #4
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when you reboot is safari opened or just in the dock. (is there a black arrow under the icon in the dock?) If so, I assume if you look in your system preferences under the accounts icon, then select the "log-in" items tab you will see safari on that?? To get rid of it select safari, then the - sign to remove it.

That is the only reason it should be returning that I know of.
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Old Sep 7, 2006, 11:09 AM   #5
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Osarkon: Yes, I have tried CTR clicking as well - same result.

SilentPanda: I only have one account right now - I will create a new account and see if the same behavior occurs.

Just as a sidenote, when I logged off the current user and logged back in the Safari icon came back on to the Dock!

flyfish29: Safari hasn't been under log-in item in my system pref. When I reboot, the icon just reappears in the Dock and no app launches.
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Old Sep 7, 2006, 11:24 AM   #6
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SilentPanda: I only have one account right now - I will create a new account and see if the same behavior occurs.
I created a new test account and tried removing the safari icon from Dock. It gets removed and stays removed even after a reboot.

So, it seems this is an issue related to a specific account - some corrupted file permissions maybe? I have been running Disk Utilities time to time and repairing file permissions so I'm not sure where else to look. Are there any other plist files I can try rebuilding?
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Old Sep 7, 2006, 11:27 AM   #7
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does this have anything to do with PRAM? someone with more experience might be able to provide a better explanation as to why this could be a PRAM issue... i just know that PRAM affects startup actions - whether or not the dock is included in that category i'm unsure.
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I don't know what the deal could be. Maybe you have Safari to "open at Login." This might keep it there.
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Old Sep 7, 2006, 09:39 PM   #9
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I tried zapping PRAM but no effect.
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Old Sep 8, 2006, 05:09 AM   #10
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Just give up, your account is haunted by Apple. They refuse to let you move onto a better browser
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Here's my wild stab at it. In Safari preferences, is Safari set as your default browser?
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Old Sep 8, 2006, 09:13 AM   #12
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rdowns: Yes, I thought about it too - but no, it's not been set to be the default browser in its preference.

chasingapple: It's not like I'm deciding whether or not to use Safari now - I'm using FF 100% and no Safari - Apples just doesn't know it

Not that I will actually spend more time on this, but what would it take to create another accont that looks just like my current account (minus dock pref) from first scratch?
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I tried rebuilding the dock.plist but after the file rebuild, the icon comes back upon restart.
What do you mean by "rebuilding the dock.plist"?

Have you tried removing/renaming/deleting the ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.dock.plist and then restarted the Dock ('killall Dock' in terminal, Log out and back in or simply restart)?

Edit: You could also take out /Library/Preferences/com.apple.dockfixup.plist for good measure... that seems to have an add-app property...
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Old Sep 8, 2006, 09:21 AM   #14
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just try deleting all the com.apple plist files. That should get it...
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Old Sep 8, 2006, 10:31 AM   #15
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Removing com.apple.dock.plist had no effect, but removing com.apple.dockfixup.plist seems to have done the trick.

Safari icon's not showing up after a few times of restarting - looks like I'm all good for now (maybe until I install a new OS update/security udpate from Apple )

Thanks to all who took time to read & respond to this thread. I haven't been in such an active forum lately, so I'm very glad to be a part of one.
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