It's been a year since I made the transition from Windows to OSX. There was a learning curve, but it wasn't long before I really started enjoying using this OS compared to Windows. The one thing I still don't understand is - The dock. I don't know what to do with it. First I put everything in it and tried to use it as "all programs" in Windows. Bad idea. Then I put most of the stuff out. Then I put it on the right side of the screen so it's not in the way. Then all there was left was Finder and the Recycle bin. Then I tried to disable it... I run programs, search for documents - with Spotlight. CMD + space, three of four letters and enter. I switch between windows with four fingers up and down gestures. When I want to browse apps of documents, I use Finder, where I have set Favourites. I see these screenshots with 50+ items in people's docks and I feel like I might be missing some "grand" funcionality. Can somebody clarify this for me please?