I have a few questions regarding icons

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  1. EV0LUTION macrumors 6502

    EV0LUTION

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    #1
    I have a few apps that I run all the time and do not want to show up on the dock. How do I do this if it is even possible?

    I also want to remove the hard drive icon from my desktop how do I do that, can I just hit delete?
     
  2. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    #2
    To remove the hard drive icon, in Finder look under Finder/Finder Preferences/General in the menu bar – there's a tick box to show hard disks, external disks and other stuff on your desktop.
     
  3. EV0LUTION thread starter macrumors 6502

    EV0LUTION

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    Thank you!

    Can anyone answer my first question?
     
  4. NoSmokingBandit macrumors 68000

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    Quit the app then find it in finder. Right-click and choose "show package contents." Open the Contents folder to find a Info.plist. Open this in TextEdit and at the end, right before it says:

    </dict>
    </plist>

    add this:
    <key>NSUIElement</key>
    <string>1</string>

    so the end of the document reads like this:
    Code:
    	<key>NSUIElement</key>
    	<string>1</string>
    </dict>
    </plist>
    
    Be aware that you cant close this app without Force Quitting it via the apple menu, and to open a new window if the app is open and all windows are closed you must open it from Finder or a stack again.
    I did this to peerguardian because it has a menubar icon and there is no need for it to be taking up dock space.
     
  5. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020

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    #5
    Another way to do it (which is suspect is actually just a simple to use GUI implementation of the method that NoSmokingBandit suggested) is a free little program called Dock Dodger that has worked fine for several icons on a couple of my systems (one Tiger, one Leopard). Certainly worth checking out!
     

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