How to Show Dock in Full Screen App

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by Steve's Barber, Jul 17, 2011.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 5, 2011
    I have a MBP13 so I keep the dock hidden for screen space reasons. So, when in full screen mode for apps (like Safari) sometimes the dock would pop up, others times it wouldn't.

    To get the dock to pop up when in a full screen app use one finger to swipe the mouse arrow to the bottom of the screen like you normally do then... simply do it again.

    I just figured it out... kind of a "duh" moment. :) At first I thought it was a bug but it's by design so one can use the mouse arrow at the bottom without having the dock get in the way.
  2. macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2008
    Thank you so much!

    I'd gotten it to activate a few times, but had no idea what I'd done, and so usually it wouldn't show.

    Very key note that more people probably are looking for.
  3. macrumors regular


    Jun 4, 2011
    Not necessarily to the bottom. Some people use the Dock. Some people use the Dock at the left/right, you know
  4. macrumors regular


    Feb 3, 2010

    Thanks a lot, I needed this for real, nice to see they thought of this too.
  5. macrumors newbie

    Dec 22, 2008
    I keep the dock hidden on the left and use a mouse. The double movement (to the left in my case) works but it's kind of slow cause normally the first movement will have brought the mouse to the edge of the mouse pad, so I have to lift the mouse, take it to the center of the pad, and move it again.

    I'm not sure whether it is intentional or not, but have noticed that an alternative way is to move the mouse to the left edge of the screen, and then move it back towards the center of the screen by 1 pixel only. That will make the dock appear.

    Needless to say, I'm not very happy with either solution.
  6. macrumors newbie

    Jul 23, 2011
    This is the same solution I found. A few pixels. I agree totally . It is unacceptable and Bovine Scatology that it was not addressed before release.
  7. macrumors 604


    Mar 26, 2008
    i always thought its intentional and a feature? like lets say u have a fullscreen app open which has settings or something right at the spot where the dock is hidden, in order to click the settings u dont want the dock to appear and cover the setting area right?
  8. macrumors newbie

    Dec 22, 2008
    that's what I fear most :)

    what you say makes sense, but from my point of view this "feature" is a regression since it now takes me longer to access the dock than before.

    Maybe I should just get used to launchpad instead of relying on the dock for starting applications...
  9. smoketetsu, Jul 24, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2011

    macrumors member


    Mar 28, 2008
    This is also a little harder to do with a mouse where you have to first drag down to the bottom then stop and drag further down... I'd rather have it pop up if you drag all the way to the bottom after a delay.

    I was doing this by accident previously and didn't know how. I'm quickly getting used to how it works though.

    It's also easy to use command+tab to switch between open apps which is the most important thing when you are wanting to switch away from a full screen app... I mean especially when launching an app while you are in full screen takes you back to the main desktop.

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