Lock the dock?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by PartisanEntity, Aug 16, 2009.

  1. PartisanEntity macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2008
    Hi all,

    I have two questions concerning the dock.

    a) I accidentally removed an application from the dock the other day and am not sure which, any way I can see log files of the dock to see which apps were on it?

    b) Can I lock the dock to prevent accidental app removal?

    Thank you!
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus


    Mar 7, 2007
    No to both.

    The dock is all just shortcuts, you can add and remove as you please. If you don't know which app is missing, it wasn't that important to you.
  3. Nero Wolfe macrumors regular

    Nero Wolfe

    Oct 28, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    To your first question, I don't know. If you have Time Machine running, and it's backing up your library you could grab the com.apple.dock.plist file and replace the one in your current library.

    As for locking the contents, yes you can. Either via a terminal command (which I don't know) or by using an app such as Docker, which is free. (Sorry I don't know the website off hand.)

    Hope this helps!
  4. Simplicated macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2008
    Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
    To lock objects inside the dock, simply type this into Terminal:

    defaults write com.apple.dock contents-immutable -bool YES; killall Dock
    Now you can't add things to the dock, neither remove them.

    To revert just replace the YES with NO.

    There's more you can play with, by replacing contents-immutable with:
    position-immutable - Locks the ability to change the Dock position
    size-immutable - Locks the ability to change the size of the Dock
  5. r.j.s Moderator emeritus


    Mar 7, 2007
    Apparently, I was wrong.

    You learn something new everyday.
  6. mamaz13 macrumors newbie

    Feb 4, 2013
    A Simpler Solution to unlocking the dock

    On an Older (non-2012 Mac Air) under MacHD/Library/Scripts/Dock - you will see 2 links, a lock and unlock. For our school system, (not sure about non corporate computers) we have to click twice to activate either command.

    Louise Zwileneff
    Computer Technician Trainer/ Novell Network Administrator
    Stafford County Public Schools

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