Hide or show Leopards new dock?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by djnardu, Oct 20, 2007.


Hide or Show your Dock?

  1. Hide

    33 vote(s)
  2. Show

    66 vote(s)
  1. djnardu macrumors regular


    Jan 9, 2007
    Ive always had my dock hidden, but it seems with Leopard many pics have it shown. So i'm kinda in between on how to use my dock now, maybe there will be more cool effects for it now?
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
  3. Father Jack macrumors 68020

    Father Jack

    Jan 1, 2007
    Personally I like it visible all the time ..... :)
  4. Variant macrumors 6502


    Oct 22, 2005
  5. Osarkon macrumors 68020


    Aug 30, 2006
    I keep it visible but with very little on it (Adium ,Mail and iTunes), I use it for keeping track of what's running mainly.
  6. Sbrocket macrumors 65816


    Jun 3, 2007
    I like the look of the new dock, don't get me wrong, but I always keep my dock hidden. Its just too much wasted screen space for something you use everyone so often.
  7. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Yeah, I also show on my iMac and hide on my iBook -- I prefer the dock visible, but there just isn't as much real estate on a notebook, except perhaps a 17"-er. Even if you have a very high res screen, it's still physically quite small. On the other hand, at 17", I feel like I have enough space that I can spare space for the dock. :)
  8. wordmunger macrumors 603


    Sep 3, 2003
    North Carolina
    I'll show it, but on the right side of the screen, and very small. On the bottom takes too much real estate.
  9. wesleyh macrumors 6502

    Mar 23, 2007
    Anyone know if the speed of showing it again is faster than in tiger? Or customizable as well as at what point when you go to the bottom of the screen it will begin showing?
  10. Decrepit macrumors 65816


    Sep 6, 2007
    Foothills to the Rocky Mountains

    I have it running full time on my system, but I have a 24" LCD hooked up to my Mini, so it doesn't take any space at all.

    Much like the Mini. :)
  11. bmoseley07 macrumors member


    Jan 13, 2007
    Personally, I'll be keeping it hidden on my MacBook. I need as much screen space as possible.
  12. Muzzway macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2007
    I keep it hidden myself (have a 15 inch monitor :cool:).

    If you really like the new dock and have a fairly large monitor, you might not want to hide it. Otherwise, keep it hidden if you're used to it that way.
  13. Sijmen macrumors 6502a

    Sep 7, 2005
    I hide it. Not just because my screen is small (12"), but it also unclutters and keeps me from being distracted by other apps. Especially the Safari icon ;)
  14. MBX macrumors 68000

    Sep 14, 2006
    i really hope unsanity'y cleardock will work on leopard.

    really can't stand that clunky 3d dock. wasting so much space and cpu.
  15. Capt Underpants macrumors 68030

    Capt Underpants

    Jul 23, 2003
    Austin, Texas
    I'm going to keep it visible... even though I have a 12" 1024x768 screen.

    It's purdy :eek:
  16. twoodcc macrumors P6


    Feb 3, 2005
    Right side of wrong
  17. terriyaki macrumors 6502a

    Aug 4, 2005
    Hidden on both my 12" iBook and 17" iMac. I'm not quite 100% sure how I'll have it setup once I get a 20" iMac paired up along with another 20" LCD but I'll probably turn hiding on on that machine, too. I rarely ever use the dock because of Quicksilver anyways. I probably only look at it to check BitRocket's ul/dl specs.
  18. Chaszmyr macrumors 601


    Aug 9, 2002
    I always keep it shown, because I hate things popping up at me when I don't expect them (As when my mouse moves to the bottom of the screen without the intention of activating the dock). Also, waiting for it to unhide makes it take slightly longer to find and click the icon you're looking for. Moreover, I like to always be able to see my Mail and RSS aggregator icons in the dock, so I know if there are any updates for me to check.
  19. elppa macrumors 68040


    Nov 26, 2003
    I prefer it to be showing for two reasons:

    [1] I can see at a glance what is running.
    [2] What is faster:
    a) Scrolling down near to the bottom of the screen and clicking straight the app you wish to launch.
    b) Scrolling right to the bottom of the screen, waiting for the Dock to pop up, scrolling across to the app you want to launch (because it won't always be in the same place) and then clicking it.

    So despite my attempts to live without the Dock showing I have found I can't get used to it. I have tit fairly small (not tiny) and find it doesn't get in the way too much on my 13" screen. If I am going to spend a long time in one app (photoshop!) I will hide it.

    Interesting that no one has mentioned whether they magnify. I would have thought this feature is even less likely to be used in Leopard, as stacks dramatically cut down the number of items needed**

    ** I know you can pop a folder into the Dock to do a similar thing, but it is more clunky and not as elegant.
  20. wordmunger macrumors 603


    Sep 3, 2003
    North Carolina
    Anyone know if spaces will allow you to show/hide the dock differently in different spaces? I imagine that might help maintain productivity / minimize distractions.
  21. Foxglove9 macrumors 68000


    Jan 14, 2006
    New York City
    Ditto. A part of me still wishes I can drop down the Apple icon in the upper left and have that replace the dock like the old days. But I'm sure the dock is still the better option.
  22. wordmunger macrumors 603


    Sep 3, 2003
    North Carolina
    I'd really prefer it on the left, but it tends to interfere with toolbar-type interfaces over there.
  23. rogersmj macrumors 68020


    Sep 10, 2006
    Indianapolis, IN
    I don't argue that (a) would be faster than (b), but your whole argument kind of assumes that you have to use the dock to switch or launch apps.

    I keep my docks hidden on both my MacBook Pro with its 20" ACD and my dual 20" screen iMac. To launch apps, I always use Quicksilver...Cmd+Space and then the first three letters or so. That's so much faster for me, especially since I use a *lot* of apps every day, than trying to cram 30 icons into the dock and then go hunting for the one I want. To switch apps, I either use Cmd-tab (that's what I use most) or Expose. Both are much faster for me than the dock, and it allows me to have that screen space. These are both keyboard-heavy methods, which I love because my hands are always on the keyboard.

    Because of these methods, the things I keep in my dock are actually seldom-used apps that would be low on my QuickSilver hit-list, or things that I have trouble remembering the name of (you laugh...but I must have some sort of mental block that keeps me from remembering "PocketMac" when I want to sync my BlackBerry).

    So in short, yes I will definitely keep the dock hidden in Leopard. The dock is practically worthless to me.
  24. trevorlsciact macrumors regular

    Feb 6, 2007
    Orlando FL
    :eek::eek::eek: what EXACTLY do you mean? :eek::(

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