How do I make my dock automatically appear and disappear?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Hieveryone, Apr 30, 2014.

  1. Hieveryone macrumors 68040

    Apr 11, 2014
    I have a MBPr running Mavericks.

    When I open chrome, I want to disappear automatically so that the browser takes up the whole screen without that dock.

    I am able to do this by clicking "automatically hide and show the dock"

    The problem is that when I close chrome the dock doesn't appear unless I move my cursor over it.

    Is there a way to make it appear automatically?

    Or have it there all the time behind my chrome browser?
  2. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

    Aug 24, 2013
    Far from here
    You may use this workaround :

    "I was having the same problem BUT i think i found out how to make google chrome always open full screen.
    Go to the wrench on the right hand side of the task bar (=Preferences) when you have chrome open. go to settings, under the on start up section click "continue where i left off." BAM google chrome should now open full screen... well it does for me anyways. hope this helps."
  3. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    Are you dragging the window to full screen, or are you using the fullscreen mode, which I assume Chrome have?
  4. Hieveryone thread starter macrumors 68040

    Apr 11, 2014
    It opened still short of the bar :(


    I'm dragging it to full screen minus the bar at the bottom. It won't let me drag over the bar.
  5. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

    Aug 24, 2013
    Far from here
    Put Chrome full screen, then quit it.

    Open Chrome : it will open in full screen mode.

    (assuming you have checked the "continue where i left off." option in Chrome Preferences).

    This works for me.
  6. Hieveryone thread starter macrumors 68040

    Apr 11, 2014
    Ah ok yeah it worked, but is there any way to keep the bar on top? The one with the time etc?

    Also, how do you exit chrome then?
  7. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    Command+Q. No one ever presses the red 'x' button on the top left to quit an app. That only closes the window but does not necessarily quit the app.
  8. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    CMD-Q or you could switch to another space and leave it open.

    I tried to resist the urge, but I have to ask: why even bother full screening a website? I never have and never felt the need too. A page is only so wide, once you've displayed the full width of a page, you gain absolutely no information from going wider. The space taken up by the website could be used for something else instead. Maximizing everything is a very "Windows" way of doing things.
  9. DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    You can always toggle the Dock with Option-Command-D
    Hiding the Dock manually that way will let you drag the window size across the area normally reserved for the Dock, if you prefer that to the full-screen option.
    When you're done with Chrome, Quit Chrome, and Option-command-D to get the Dock back.
  10. Qaanol macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2010
    Building off what DeltaMac said, if you run the following command in the Terminal then the Dock will appear and disappear only when you press the keyboard shortcut:

    defaults write autohide-delay -float 9999999; killall Dock;
    You can revert to default behavior with:

    defaults delete autohide-delay; killall Dock;
    And of course, if you want to maximize a window then BetterTouchTool is a great program for that. You can drag a window to the top of the screen to maximize it, or set a keyboard shortcut.

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