Applications automatically pinning themselves to dock?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by iRockMan1, Nov 5, 2014.

  1. iRockMan1 macrumors member

    Sep 3, 2008
    Nashville, Tn
    This has been bugging me ever since I got my first Mac in 2011: applications sometimes automatically toggle the "keep in dock" setting for themselves. I suspect this happens for applications that I use often, but I'm not sure and I can't consistently get it to happen.

    I like to use my dock for currently running applications, not as an application launcher (that's what Spotlight is for!). I want applications to leave the dock when I close them.

    Has anyone else noticed this, and is there a way to prevent it from happening?
  2. Mr Hildy, Nov 7, 2014
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2014

    Mr Hildy macrumors newbie

    Mr Hildy

    Sep 12, 2014
    United States
    After some digging, I couldn't find any sort of system-wide setting that disables all applications from automatically being added to the dock. In my time, I've noticed that the majority of my apps do not add themselves automatically, just a couple. I do not believe that apps you use most often automatically add themselves, but that could be different per each application.

    Unfortunately, it looks like you'll have to go through each one individually and remove them. However, once you make the change, you shouldn't have to do it again. Luckily it isn't very difficult to change, but I can understand how that could be annoying. I only have open applications in my dock, too.

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