How to disable dock?

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  1. Hurd111 macrumors member

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    Im searching for a way to completely disable the dock. I use dragthing and I find that the dock is useless, and an annoyance to me. Is there some sort of 3rd party app that I can use? thanks.
     
  2. mogzieee macrumors 6502a

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    Where would you minimize your windows to? Or put your trash...?
     
  3. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    No one really minimizes windows anymore, but you can empty the Trash from the Terminal.
     
  4. Hurd111 thread starter macrumors member

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    I use dragthing's trash on the desktop. And I never minimize windows.
     
  5. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    Not sure if this is possible, I know that you can easily restart the dock while running the system without much adverse effect but the system automatically brings it back up.

    You would have to go in to the settings and stop the system from doing that.

    Do you use the Dashboard? Because if you do that is a sub process of the dock and as such can't be used if you turn the dock off.

    Do you use Spaces? I believe is is also a sub process of the dock.

    Do you use Expose? Dock

    Do you use the App switcher (cmd+tab)? Dock.

    Why don't you just hide the dock? Right click the dock - Turn hiding on.

    Or System Preferences - Dock - Automatically hide and show the dock.

    It seems like in the past there were some progams that you could run to diable it but they are very old now and outdated and the sytem has changed a lot since then so do not know of the possible effects.

    killdock <- very old and in no way would I suggest anyone runs this on anything but it might provide a research channel for the OP.
     
  6. The General macrumors 601

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    Go to /System/Library/CoreServices and move Dock.app to the desktop.

    Restart your computer. If this is the behaviour you're after, then you're golden and you can delete Dock.app.

    If there are adverse side effects, move Dock.app back into CoreServices and restart your computer.
     
  7. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    I was hesitant to suggest this method as it might cause problems with actually starting the computer to a usable mode? Or is this a safe method?
     
  8. Hurd111 thread starter macrumors member

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    Ah... I see... The dock is already hidden, I just dont like how it pops up all the time. I look into it a little more.
     
  9. GroovyLinuxGuy macrumors regular

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    I still minimize my windows...frequently

    Cheers
     
  10. maxrobertson macrumors 6502a

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    No one minimizes their windows? What?? So you just leave a million windows on your desktop for clutter's sake and expect everyone else to do the same?
     
  11. bradenwh macrumors 6502

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    Just hiding windows is so much easier. And keeps the Dock from getting cluttered with minimized windows.
     
  12. chas0001 macrumors 6502a

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    Why don't you just drag the dock to the left or right hand side of the screen and turn hiding on. I think its safer than relocating the dock.app.
     
  13. The General macrumors 601

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    No idea, but it's not an unfixable problem. Boot your Leopard disk, move the Dock back where it belongs using the Terminal, reboot.
     
  14. J the Ninja macrumors 68000

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    Single user mode would be easier wouldn't it?
     
  15. The General macrumors 601

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    Meh, I always forget about single user mode. But yes, it would be easier and faster.
     

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