Hide or show Leopards new dock?

Hide or Show your Dock?

  • Hide

    Votes: 33 33.3%
  • Show

    Votes: 66 66.7%

  • Total voters
    99

djnardu

macrumors regular
Original poster
Jan 9, 2007
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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?
 

Osarkon

macrumors 68020
Aug 30, 2006
2,161
4
Wales
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.
 

Sbrocket

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Jun 3, 2007
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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.
 

mkrishnan

Moderator emeritus
Jan 9, 2004
29,777
12
Grand Rapids, MI, USA
MacBook Pro(15") - hidden
iMac(20") - shown
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. :)
 

wesleyh

macrumors 6502
Mar 23, 2007
432
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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?
 

bmoseley07

macrumors member
Jan 13, 2007
43
0
Personally, I'll be keeping it hidden on my MacBook. I need as much screen space as possible.
 

Muzzway

macrumors regular
Jul 21, 2007
224
0
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.
 

Sijmen

macrumors 6502a
Sep 7, 2005
709
1
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 ;)
 

MBX

macrumors 68000
Sep 14, 2006
1,795
383
i really hope unsanity'y cleardock will work on leopard.

really can't stand that clunky 3d dock. wasting so much space and cpu.
 

terriyaki

macrumors 6502a
Aug 4, 2005
640
8
Vancouver
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.
 

Chaszmyr

macrumors 601
Aug 9, 2002
4,263
76
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.
 

elppa

macrumors 68040
Nov 26, 2003
3,230
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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.
 

wordmunger

macrumors 603
Sep 3, 2003
5,124
2
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.
 

Foxglove9

macrumors 68000
Jan 14, 2006
1,581
180
New York City
I'll show it, but on the right side of the screen, and very small. On the bottom takes too much real estate.
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.
 

wordmunger

macrumors 603
Sep 3, 2003
5,124
2
North Carolina
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.
I'd really prefer it on the left, but it tends to interfere with toolbar-type interfaces over there.
 

rogersmj

macrumors 68020
Sep 10, 2006
2,158
0
Indianapolis, IN
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.
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.
 
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