How To Reset Dock?

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

  1. macrumors 68000

    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?
  2. #2
    Tried the Dock preferences yet?
  3. macrumors 68000

    Yup checked already..
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Lord Appleseed

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

    Late reply, but I managed to find out how!

    Open terminal and type without quote "defaults delete" 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 :)
  6. macrumors 68000

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

    That above command didn't work for me. I tried:

    rm ~/Library/Preferences/{db,plist}; killall Dock

    and that worked for me.
  8. macrumors 6502a


    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 demi-god

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

    The second command posted helped me out, but not the first.
  11. macrumors 601


    Make your own Applescipt. Open AppleScript Editor and put in the 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.
  12. macrumors member


    That just restarts the Dock process. It will not do things like reset icon layout or preferences.
  13. macrumors 68030


    try deleting (from the Home>Library>Preferences Folder):

    (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

    Why not????
  15. macrumors 6502a


    Exactly... There is no reason. Just features that Apple refuse to add for some reason.
  16. macrumors 68020


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

    Have a look here:

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