How To Reset Dock?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by Yamcha, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. macrumors 68000

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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?
     
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    Lord Appleseed

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    I was wondering that too. For some reason deleting the dock.plist doesn't do anything.
     
  5. macrumors 6502

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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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    Thanks, this works on Developer Preview 4...
     
  7. macrumors newbie

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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.
     
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    TheRainKing

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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.
     
  9. macrumors 6502

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    strange, I just tried it and it still works for me on a ML clean install...
     
  10. macrumors 6502a

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    #10
    The second command posted helped me out, but not the first.
     
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    satcomer

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    Make your own Applescipt. Open AppleScript Editor and put in the code:
    Code:
    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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    jlocalled

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    That just restarts the Dock process. It will not do things like reset icon layout or preferences.
     
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    fisherking

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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...
     
  14. macrumors newbie

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    Why not????
     
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    TheRainKing

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    Exactly... There is no reason. Just features that Apple refuse to add for some reason.
     
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    AppleFanatic10

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    Worked perfectly for me. Thanks! :)
     
  17. macrumors regular

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    #17
    Have a look here:
    http://martinbay.net/reset-dock-os-x/
     

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