Do you use Dock Hiding/Magnification? Yes or No? If Yes, why?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by vader1990, Jul 15, 2009.


Do you use Magnification and Dock Hiding?

Poll closed Jul 25, 2009.
  1. Yes I use both Magnification AND Dock Hiding!

  2. Yes I use Dock Hiding, but NOT Magnification!

  3. No I do not use Dock Hiding, but I do use Magnification!

  4. No I don't use either feature!

  1. vader1990 macrumors regular

    Sep 23, 2008
    So I'm trying to see if a lot of people use the dock hiding or Magnification feature or not! If so, why do you guys use it?

    Also what model of the mac do you guys use? [to see if a correlation exists between screen size and hiding, Magnification is just for aesthetics].

    EDIT: Just made it a poll to organize it better :D
  2. getz76 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 15, 2009
    Hell, AL
    June 2009 15" MBP and October 2008 MB.

    Dock hiding, yes. Magnificantion, no.

    Yes to dock hiding: to claim desktop space.
    No to magnification: no need, I do not have a lot of icons.

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  3. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

    Demosthenes X

    Oct 21, 2008
    I use hiding because I value all of my screen real-estate. I don't use magnification. This is both on my 13" notebook and when plugged into a 22" external.
  4. aprofetto macrumors 6502a


    Dec 19, 2008
    Hamilton, Ontario
    I use magnification because I think it looks cool.

    I don't use dock hiding because, well, I never even thought about using it before to be honest.
  5. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    I use the dock magnification for the extra screen real estate and because I use Quicksilver for most of the things that the dock would/could do.
  6. upinflames900 macrumors 6502a


    May 20, 2009
    Magnification - no
    Hiding - no

    I like to be able to access programs very quickly as I usually switch applications a lot. Although I used to hide the dock.
  7. belvdr macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2005
    No longer logging into MR
    Cute girl. :) I wish I had a similar photo of my kids; they are always running around and have paint and/or dirt on them at all times.
  8. celticpride678

    Feb 15, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Magnification: No. It takes up to much screen space when being used
    Hiding: Yes. It saves me room on my desktop

  9. Buskape macrumors 6502


    Dec 10, 2008
    NGC 4889
    Magnification: Yes
    Hiding: No

    I use the magnification because i have alot of apps on my Dock without it, i'd be mis-clicking on the wrong app all the time.

    I don't hide because i like to see which app is running all the time.
  10. jamesarm97 macrumors 65816

    Sep 29, 2006
    I hide the dock to give back more space and use magnification to make it easier to see where I am pointing on the dock.
  11. uberamd macrumors 68030


    May 26, 2009
    No to both. I like to see what is running all the time, and I grew tired of the magnification effect after about a week.
  12. Ntombi macrumors 68040


    Jul 1, 2008
    Bostonian exiled in SoCal
    Hiding, yes.
    Magnification, no.

    I have no need to see the dock most of the time (and I don't like a busy desktop), and I usually don't have enough in the dock to require magnification.
  13. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000


    May 22, 2009
    I hide my dock and use magnification. I like having Firefox full screen.
  14. Schraiber macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2009
    I've always hidden my taskbar on Windows, so when I get my MBP, I decided to hide the dock.

    It definitely helps with the 13 inch screen, too :)

    Magnification, on the other hand, is kind of a pain---doesn't really help me at all.
  15. stainlessliquid macrumors 68000

    Sep 22, 2006
    I use a little magnification just because I like some kind of mouse over event on interfaces. It just feels like its not working or it isnt clickable if theres nothing that highlights, bumps, or jumps when moving the mouse over things.

    I dont like hiding, I like to know where to move the mouse before I move it and dont want to wait for it to show up. I would probably use it on a 13" though and would definitely use it on a netbook.
  16. J the Ninja macrumors 68000

    Jul 14, 2008
    I have magnification turned on. I like the visual effect, and I also think it makes it easier to hit the right icon when you are just flinging your mouse down there. Hiding.......well, Apple had a delimma with this: Do you make it reappear as soon as the mouse goes down to the Dock, which leads to it popping up necessarily all the time? Or do you make the user keep the mouse there for a split second before it appears? Apple went with the latter, which is probably the lesser of the two evils, but I can't stand the lag between when I put the mouse there and when the Dock appears. My computer should be waiting for me, not the other way around. So I just turn hiding off. Besides, it's handy to have it there as a heads-up-display of what apps are running.
  17. rukus macrumors member

    Jan 1, 2009
    my eye isnt great, so the magnification is great.
    i also value my clean desktop, so i use hiding.
  18. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

    Shake 'n' Bake

    Mar 2, 2009
    This thread really should be in the Mac Software section.

    I use magnification. For whatever reason, the Macs I was exposed to when OS X came out, always had magnification on.

    I don't use hiding. To me, when the Dock is hidden, it makes the desktop feel barren. And I don't like how the Dock pops up if your mouse hits anywhere on the bottom of the screen.

    Model: Mid-'07 2 GHz, 2 GB RAM, 120 GB HDD Mac mini connected to a Dell 2208WFP via DVI.
  19. pbasser2 macrumors member


    Jul 14, 2009
    Madison, Wisconsin
    use both because I am old and need to see everything bigger and need screen clear.

    Macbook pro duo core 2 2.16ghz
  20. kasakka macrumors 68020

    Oct 25, 2008
    Don't use either. I'm running a 30" screen so I have plenty of space. I simply set the dock somewhat smaller than default. I've never got along with hiding because then the dock tends to pop up when I'm just trying to reach the edge. Magnification is off because I find it easier to hit the icons when they're in a static location and don't change size. Like the visual effect tho...
  21. davyreins macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2008
    Ann Arbor
    I was really intrigued when I first saw the magnification and I got so used to it. Now when I use a Mac that doesn't have it I get taken back a bit. I've used hiding off and on but don't use many applications where I really need that extra space so now I just don't use it.
  22. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
    I use both. Couldn't imagine not. Some of the reasons people are giving here for NOT using them are pretty weak. Makes me think some of you don't even know you can resize the dock.
  23. FCDP macrumors regular

    Nov 16, 2007
    Toronto, Canada
    I don't use auto-hide, as I like having the dock on screen, but having it run across the bottom seemed like a waste of space, as I want as much vertical space for the app I'm working in, and auto-hide wasn't an option as I'd trigger the dock often while using controls on the bottom edge of the app window. So I keep my dock onscreen, along the left side with some minor magnification. It was odd at first, but works great. Haven't changed back since.
  24. MultiFinder17 macrumors 68000


    Jan 8, 2008
    Tampa, Florida
    Depends on the machine.

    Mini - No to both. I just shrunk the Dock a good bit and leave it up, as the resolution of my screen is high enough to allow it in my opinion. I don't like the magnification as it interferes with muscle memory on the Dock. I really don't use the Dock for much aside from seeing what all is running.

    12" PowerBook - As the screen res is low (1024x768), I have hiding on, but still don't use magnification for the same reason stated above. I also have the Dock anchored to the bottom right corner of the screen for out-of-sight muscle memory, as the three most commonly accessed things that I have on it (Trash and two folders) always stay in the same place that way.
  25. fuzzielitlpanda macrumors 6502a

    Mar 24, 2008
    i do the same, but leave the dock on the right side. This allows me to maximize the safari window and still see my dock

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