What happens to the dock when you start putting more and more icons?

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  1. WillMak macrumors 6502a

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    I have a pretty large load of icons on my dock sofar...what happens if I keep adding more? will they just keep on shrinking?
     
  2. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    yes, it will keep shrinking. (maybe into nonexistance :D)
     
  3. Kaioshin macrumors member

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    Apparently so. I kept creating a bunch of (Safari) windows and minimizing them and I gave up before the dock. That leads me to assume that it can hold a virtually infinite number of icons/minimized windows. There could be a set limit, but I don't know.
     
  4. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    I got to 144 before the icons were unreadable.

    I'm guessing the dock is finite, though. :)

    Someone care to find it?
     

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  6. d wade macrumors 65816

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    you really have that many apps that you regularly use to even need all that? thats crazy
     
  7. macsrockmysocks macrumors regular

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    I just tried a bunch of safari windows also. I have so many open, it is unreal. Stil, the dock made room for them. It probably is an infinite number.
     
  8. Kaioshin macrumors member

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    An infinate number is unlikely. If there is some sort of counter involved (and there most likely is) there can be a total of 255, 65535 (etc.) or so icons in the dock. If it doesn't count, then... well, you'll run out of RAM eventually. Then out of diskspace. X_x;
    Infinity cannot exist!
     
  9. ipacmm macrumors 65816

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    wow, that’s a lot of icons, I had about 50 in my dock and they were very readable...but I guess it can go on forever depending on your display size.
     
  10. Kaioshin macrumors member

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    Here are 256 (I like that number) opened Safari windows + 8 others, so 264 icons alltogether. Right now my Mac is so darn laggy...
     

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  11. aleni macrumors 68000

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    is that a pixel art?? lol
     
  12. WillMak thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Shouldn't the limit be reached when the icons are small enough to fill out exactly one pixel on the screen?
     
  13. Jiddick ExRex macrumors 65816

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    Which would mean 1280 icons on a macbook :)
     
  14. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    Yeah, but it could do sub-pixel aliasing, so that wouldn't necessarily be the limit, though the icons would no longer be distinguishable from each other to click on, making it completely useless. I'm a little surprised it wasn't 256, but I suppose they let it go way the heck up just in case someobdy has a huge mess of windows open and accidentally minimizes all of them.

    In practical terms, the limit will vary based on the size of your screen, but there's only so many icons before it's useless just because of sheer number to sort through.
     
  15. grabberslasher macrumors 6502

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    Have fun - do a spotlight search for all files and then drag them all to the Dock. If that doesn't make your Mac explode into a cloud of silicon I don't know what will. :)
     
  16. solvs macrumors 603

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    I have all of my important icons in my dock: FF, QT, Preview, TextEdit, the iLife programs etc. But everything else I keep in a folder that kinda looks like the Windows start menu when you right click on it. I created aliases of some of the programs I occasionally use and put it into a folder, then dragged it into the dock next to the trash along with my network server drive shortcut. The apps folder works like that too. That way I don't have to fill up my dock with stuff I almost never use.

    We'll have to ask iGary to see how many he can fit on his dual 30"s and quad G5 with a ton of RAM so it won't choke.
     
  17. GFLPraxis macrumors 604

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    Doing a search for all files, selecting them all, right clicking and chosing "Open"?
     
  18. fanbrain macrumors 6502

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    Then hit F9.
     
  19. Josh macrumors 68000

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    Here is more than 1,000 icons in the doc. There are over 200 firefox windows, itunes, Adium, and some 800 TextEdit windows.

    At this point, it took about 10 minimized windows to notice a visual difference in the dock, 1 pixel at most. I also noticed the application's side of the dock began being overlapped.

    This took quite a bit of my time, and I am not willing to go for more :p
     

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  20. Shotglass macrumors 65816

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    that is not smart. there also is at least a 1-pixel border at each side. plus, the space between the icons and trashcan/minimized windows
    so I'd count around 1276-1278 icons on a macbook.
     
  21. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    Sounds alot like that sticky nots thread. In there people opened as many as they could and then f9'd it all lol
     
  22. benthewraith macrumors 68040

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    This is what mine looked like, and I had NO speed issues whatsoever. I could have gone further, but it got boring after awhile.
     

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  23. WillMak thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Hmmmmm what about expose? How small can you guys make you expose windows?
     
  24. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    There's a thread around here somewhere with people's maxed-out Exposéd shots.
    Look for it before we rehash the same old, same old.
     

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