Hide/show dock faster

Discussion in 'macOS' started by wesleyh, Mar 23, 2007.

  1. wesleyh macrumors 6502

    Mar 23, 2007
    I like to autohide the dock but it reappears too slowly, is it possible to start the reappear effect before I touch the edge of the screen, say 1 inch in advance. Or just have the animation be faster?
  2. speakerwizard macrumors 68000


    Aug 8, 2006
  3. wesleyh thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 23, 2007
  4. MiniMan. macrumors regular

    Jan 2, 2007
    I would be very intersted to find this out aswell, the animation is just a bit too slow!

    They may be a hack to make it faster but im no pro!:)
  5. PkennethV macrumors 6502a

    Aug 16, 2006
    I'm just curious, what's the point of having it appear within of inch of the edge? That 1" would still be unuseable (because the dock would pop up) so why not just show the dock?
  6. TheAnswer macrumors 68030


    Jan 25, 2002
    Orange County, CA
    I'm not sure if it can alter those preferences or not, but Tinkertool can alter some system preferences that aren't immediately available in the Apple Menu > System Preferences panels. Also look on MacUpdate or iusethis for possible workarounds.
  7. wesleyh thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 23, 2007
    Thanks for the replies,

    I've check tinkertool (and other similar tools) but none of them offer this possibility :(
  8. the.orange.tuba macrumors member

    Feb 5, 2010
    Dock unhide too slow, Mac OS customization?

    Are there any programs or ways to speed up the hide / unhide function of the Mac dock? Yeah I know...microwave generation that we are, we want it now!

    I tip my hat to the originator of this thread way back in 2007 ;) . I too think the unhide dock is way too slow, and I'm amazed I was unable to find anything to do this on the web.

    I come from MS Windows environment where I have used Rocketdock and Object Dock and both unhide the dock almost instantaneously. I went back to my old PC after not using it for a while, and the dock popped up so fast it almost scared me, haha. I bring this up to make the point that there is a night and day difference on the animation speed.

    PS FYI, This is my first Mac and my first post here, and I'm loving the Mac after owning many PCs. Thanks in advance.
  9. calderone macrumors 68040


    Aug 28, 2009
  10. the.orange.tuba macrumors member

    Feb 5, 2010
    Is there a better way?

    I use the dock for apps that I use a lot. I don't really want to clutter up my desktop with them. Is there another way to quickly start apps? How are you not so reliant on the dock? :cool:

    Like I said, I'm new to Mac, so if I'm missing something please enlighten me.

    Thanks :)
  11. nutman macrumors regular

    May 19, 2006
  12. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030


    Oct 31, 2007
    Austin, TX
    Quicksilver is overkill if all you want is app launching. Just use Spotlight.
    Command-space, type the first few characters of the app name, hit enter and you're done.
  13. the.orange.tuba macrumors member

    Feb 5, 2010
    Any more favorite customizations?

    Thanks for the suggestions. Any more? :D

    If there is no app that would speed up the unhide dock function, how hard would it be to write such an app, would it even be possible?

    Thanks again!
  14. glassflank macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2010
    I agree I also want this feature. It's annoyingly slow as it is.
  15. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    Pony Express: too slow

    Airplane invented

    Federal Express: too slow

    Fax machine invented

    Faxing too slow

    Internet invented (Thanks, Al!)

    Dock animation too slow

    Nothing invented yet :(
  16. keypox macrumors member

    Jul 3, 2008
    I took a break from osx for the last month, been using ubuntu/windows. Now the unhide of hte dock is sooo slow. I never noticed it before.

  17. baryon macrumors 68040


    Oct 3, 2009
    Yeah it annoys me that it's so slow, it feels heavy. I think I once saw an application that could make the dock appear SLOWER than normal, so it's possible that it could also make it faster. The tiny problem is I don't know what that application was...

    I have a 15 inch screen so I just leave my dock always visible and make it small. I like to know what's running at a glance. I don't like Cmd+Tab because you can only go either left or right, you can't jump to one application right away without using the mouse. And using the mouse is stupid if you use Cmd+Tab since it's a keyboard command anyway, you might as well just use the Dock then!
  18. wesleyh thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 23, 2007
    Original creator of this thread here (3 years later :))

    Sad to see there still isn't a solution. If you look at com.apple.Dock there is no setting for speed.

    However, as you know the animation only starts a half a second after we hit the edge of the bottom screen (or wherever your dock is situated)

    Couldn't someone write a script that simply tracks the mouse position, and if within x pics of the dock edge location (user definable) the dock animation is to already start? Could look at other factors as well, such as speed of mouse (if we're going down fast it's likely to access the dock, etc)

    Here is an applescript to show or hide the dock, I'm sure this could be adjusted into a fully fledged app?

  19. dirkph macrumors member

    Nov 7, 2008
  20. the.orange.tuba macrumors member

    Feb 5, 2010
    I'm happy I'm not alone!

    I'm glad that you guys noticed the unhide dock is slow, too! Seems like Apple could make things a little more customizable. Maybe King Steve has decided we all need to develop more patience and has done this to us on purpose! :eek:

    Another question I have is: why can't we resize windows by pulling on other sides or corners! I always have to go to the bottom right then reposition the window. Seems a waste of time and movement, since in Windows you can just grab any corner or side and resize it without having to reposition the window, because by selecting the corner you want you are basically doing both at the same time.

    Is there a pet peeve or OS suggestions thread!?!?

    Have a nice day!
  21. Edot macrumors 6502

    Jan 29, 2002
    Does the 2D dock animate any faster?

    2D dock from terminal:

    defaults write com.apple.dock no-glass -boolean YES
    killall Dock

    3D dock:

    defaults write com.apple.dock no-glass -boolean NO
    killall Dock
  22. penestijeras macrumors newbie

    Aug 26, 2010
    another interested

    another interested... how is this possible? Autohide dock is too slow. I would like to hear about it :)

  23. conanus macrumors newbie

    Aug 28, 2010
    i really wish i could do this too. i like the dock for when i am moving files around and sometimes when i want to use the cursor to select or right click on apps. sometimes i like using stacks but generally i find them a bit clunky and i can't navigate back or forward with a three fingered swipe.

    for me this would be so useful because i would have that extra screen estate.
    my dock only has 8 items including trash so i have a lot of space above and below (on left side) it that is basically wasted.
  24. klax89 macrumors newbie

    Sep 4, 2007
    Year Bump

    I'd love for someone to figure out a solution to this. I'm using the 2D dock already so that doesn't seem like a valid fix. Thanks in advance
  25. ender land macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2010
    Interesting, I have just been playing around with something similar just today as well, trying to change settings on the dock is near impossible unfortunately...

    My personal desire would be for a longer "yes you want the dock" time because I never use the dock.

    I realize this is old, but Spotlight is annoying because unless you put the entire name it continually searches and eats up CPU resources, lowering battery life. It does not automatically clear the search field when successful.

    Quicksilver has none of these problems, which is why I ultimately switched to it after being frustrated at losing significant battery life if I forgot to clear out my search field.

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