Can't remove Dock icon from the dock

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by feelinpapal, Sep 26, 2012.

  1. feelinpapal macrumors newbie

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    Hi there. I'm a new Mac owner and I think I've inadvertently screwed something up. I can't remove the Dock icon from the dock. When I drag it to the desktop or trashcan, it stays there. When I try to hide it or force quit, it stays there. I've tried deleting plist files and updating permission changes and pretty much everything I could find from many hours of Googling. Please help me out!

    Please enjoy my lovely picture of what I'm trying to close.
     

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  2. Elbert C macrumors 6502

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    #2
    You'll need to shut down the app before removing it's icon from the Dock.
     
  3. feelinpapal thread starter macrumors newbie

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  4. Elbert C macrumors 6502

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    Are you sure? Because from the attachment you uploaded it is showing that it's still running.
    Try deleting the Dock's preference file (com.apple.dock.plist) from User > Library > Preferences.
     
  5. Ice-Cube macrumors 6502a

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    #5
    The new ML dock requires you to drag the icon away, hold it for a while before the poof icon shows
     
  6. samh macrumors 6502

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    That doesn't look like the Mountain Lion dock.
     
  7. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    I'll guess that somehow your Mac believes (through defaults) that the dock is supposed to be "locked".

    No promises, but a couple of terminal commands that might UNlock it for you (one or the other may work, or they may not)

    Try this:
    - Open Terminal
    - Type this command:
    defaults write com.apple.Dock contents-immutable -bool no
    (you can copy and paste into Terminal)
    - Then force the Dock to quit and relaunch with this command:
    osascript -e 'tell application "Dock" to quit'

    Any better?

    If that doesn't work, try this in place of the first command above:
    defaults write com.apple.dock contents-immutable -bool false
    (in above command, "no" has been changed to "false")
    Not sure if that will make a difference.
     
  8. feelinpapal thread starter macrumors newbie

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    How do you open Terminal? I'm running OS X 10.5.8


    Don't have Mountain Lion.


    Deleted plist file for dock many times.
     
  9. Elbert C macrumors 6502

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    Terminal is in Applications > Utilities.
     

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