Remove Safari icon from Dock for good

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by zen69, Sep 7, 2006.

  1. macrumors newbie


    Sep 4, 2006
    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?
  2. macrumors 68020


    Aug 30, 2006
    Have you tried control-clicking, 'remove from dock' ? I did that the first day i got my mac, Safari hasn't come back once :)
  3. Moderator emeritus


    Oct 8, 2002
    The Bamboo Forest
    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?
  4. macrumors 68020


    Feb 4, 2003
    New HAMpshire
    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.
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie


    Sep 4, 2006
    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.
  6. thread starter macrumors newbie


    Sep 4, 2006
    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?
  7. macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2006
    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.
  8. macrumors newbie

    Sep 7, 2006
    I don't know what the deal could be. Maybe you have Safari to "open at Login." This might keep it there.
  9. thread starter macrumors newbie


    Sep 4, 2006
  10. macrumors regular


    Mar 18, 2004
    Just give up, your account is haunted by Apple. They refuse to let you move onto a better browser ;)
  11. macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    Here's my wild stab at it. In Safari preferences, is Safari set as your default browser?
  12. thread starter macrumors newbie


    Sep 4, 2006
    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 :D

    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?
  13. Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    What do you mean by "rebuilding the dock.plist"?

    Have you tried removing/renaming/deleting the ~/Library/Preferences/ 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/ for good measure... that seems to have an add-app property...
  14. 7on
    macrumors 601


    Nov 9, 2003
    Dress Rosa
    just try deleting all the plist files. That should get it...
  15. thread starter macrumors newbie


    Sep 4, 2006
    Removing had no effect, but removing 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 :D)

    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.
  16. macrumors regular


    Mar 30, 2006
    Safari desert

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