Almost 3 weeks of owning my Mac and I think I've already messed up my Dock.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Garrettmania, Feb 9, 2009.

  1. Garrettmania macrumors newbie

    Jan 20, 2009
    OK, so I was sitting in class and my friend was looking at EasterEggs for different OSs and saw one for the Mac and insisted I try it. It was the Dock "suck" effect (vs the genie effect). So I did it, first time I misspelled the terminal command and hit enter before I noticed it. Normally I would read the command before entering it but I've been feeling really jittery and ill so I just didn't care. I was able to use the same command to get it back to genie because I like genie better, but now when I close windows it doesn't do it's little fade away thing, it just closes. Like on Windows (bleh).
    Is there a way to fix this or restore all default settings? Or do I have to reinstall the OS (hopefully not :() But if I must reinstall the OS, can I do so without uninstalling my bootcamp partition?
    Sorry I'm such an idiot. :(
  2. wwooden macrumors 68000


    Jul 26, 2004
    Burlington, VT
    Closing a window never causes any effect to happen, they just close and disappear. I'm not sure what effect you're talking about.
  3. Garrettmania thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 20, 2009
    I dunno, it would like lean forward and fade out.
    At least that's what I remember it doing. :confused:
  4. jackiecanev2 macrumors 65816


    Jul 6, 2007
    Try preferences > dock,

    set to genie
    check animate opening windows

    It may or may not set your settings properly, depending on how you used terminal and what you input. What did you plug into terminal? As a side note, it's best not to mess with things in terminal unless you understand how they work. There's danger in just blindly copying terminal commands without a little knowledge about properly using CLI's/Unix.
  5. Garrettmania thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 20, 2009
    defaults write mineffect -string suck
    Yes, I'm an idiot.
  6. Garrettmania thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 20, 2009
    Maybe I'm going crazy and I just THINK that it had an effect :confused:
    But should that command harm my system?
  7. patrick0brien macrumors 68040


    Oct 24, 2002
    The West Loop

    Thankfully, it seems you wrote to the preferences file.

    Ok, so maybe you foobed it a bit. Not to worry.

    Trash it to reset to default.

    Go to "home">Library>Preferences
    Trash it
    Empty trash
    Log out and login again (or restart)

    If that didn't reset it to default, trash
    DONT empty the trash until you can confirm you are back to good
  8. Garrettmania thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 20, 2009
    Thanks! That got my dock to do the Genie again.
    I had actually looked for that file before I came on here and asked about it but spotlight didn't find it.
    I think the whole close window effect was me just going crazy or something, maybe it was Windows 7 that did that and I was thinking it was OS X because I'd been working on Windows 7 beta all weekend.
    I've learned my lesson to not fiddle with the terminal except for things like ssh. Thanks!

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