How to unlock dock?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by thesunlover, Aug 17, 2011.

  1. thesunlover, Aug 17, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2011

    thesunlover macrumors newbie

    Aug 17, 2011

    I am an experienced Unix/Linux system admin, but quite new in the Apple world. I've just got this MacBook (Mac OS 10.6.8) from my company and have admin rights of this system.

    Issue: I can't remove icons from dock because it is locked. I've googled a lot but unfortunately haven't found the solution yet. I've tried Parental Controls, terminal commands, etc. but none of them working. Does Mac use user profiles to control what users can do? If yes, where can a find and modify user profiles?

    I'll try not to use any third party software for this 'simple' issue.

    Please help! Thanks a lot in advance!
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    There's a preference for the dock that makes it immutable. This can be disabled with a Terminal command.

    Original thread is here:
  3. thesunlover thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 17, 2011
    Thank you for the answer, but these commands not working, nothing changed after running them:

    $ defaults write contents-immutable -bool false
    $ osascript -e 'tell application "Dock" to quit'

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