My dock disappears every so often. Hwo do I fix?

WillMak

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I have my dock set to minimize to the right. Sometimes it doesn't appear tho when I move my cursor to the right. Like right now, I activated dashboard with my hot key and all of a sudden the dock is gone. How do I get it back?
 

GodBless

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WillMak said:
Like right now, I activated dashboard with my hot key and all of a sudden the dock is gone. How do I get it back?
Exit out of the Dashboard and then move the mouse to the right and your dock will be accessible.
 
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WillMak

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GodBless said:
Exit out of the Dashboard and then move the mouse to the right and your dock will be accessible.
Lol. I mean I exited dashboard and my dock is gone.
 
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ITASOR

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Open Activity Monitor and find "dock". Click it and use the quit button (red) in the upper left of the window. The dock will start back up again and be as good as normal. Like they say, it's rare when OS X itself needs to be restarted as a whole.
 
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WillMak

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ITASOR said:
Open Activity Monitor and find "dock". Click it and use the quit button (red) in the upper left of the window. The dock will start back up again and be as good as normal. Like they say, it's rare when OS X itself needs to be restarted as a whole.
Oh wow activity monitor is pretty kewl.
 
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ITASOR

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WillMak said:
Oh wow activity monitor is pretty kewl.
Yes, CTRL click on the Dock icon and there's an option to make it a RAM left graph, CPU activity monitor, etc. Those are really cool and helpful!
 
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Jedi128

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Just some advice to everyone out there with any kind of problem.... don't just "give up" and restart once you have a problem. Restarting at the wrong time can cuase more problems as it is. Force Quit or log off/log on before restarting, that can fix almost all problems without the damaging affects of a restart....
 
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WillMak

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Jedi128 said:
Just some advice to everyone out there with any kind of problem.... don't just "give up" and restart once you have a problem. Restarting at the wrong time can cuase more problems as it is. Force Quit or log off/log on before restarting, that can fix almost all problems without the damaging affects of a restart....
Restart hurts a mac? I always thought it was a good thing to restart (at lesast in windows).
 
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mblancha

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I have a very similar problem. I tried using the activity monitor trick that he was told about, but when i look at the activity monitor it shows the dock as being active, and then the dock disappears from the activity monitor, and then it reappears, and then disappears once again. And it is doing this too fast for me to hit the red button while it is selected. Anyone have a clue what is going on?
 
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Am3822

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If by "disappearing" you mean that it drops from view, you could try to sort the processes by their name -- simply click on the "Process Name" tab and scroll down until you see it.
 
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scaredpoet

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Restart hurts a mac? I always thought it was a good thing to restart (at lesast in windows).
A restart isn't any more damaging than force-quitting a stuck application (in other words: almost never is it truly harmful). What CAN be troublesome is forcing a Mac to shut down by holding down the power button for several seconds. That gives the Mac no opportunity to gracefully finish any pending changes or writes to the hard drive.

This is equally true in the Windows environment though. And even then, it's still usually not the end of the world, in either case. It's risky, but not universally bad.

Even so, there's still less of a reason to restart a Mac when you can just force quit the offending process, and either relaunch the app, or let the process re-spawn on its own.

The "when in doubt, restart" mentality comes from the chronic Windows problem where it (and programs running on it) lose track of memory that is no longer being used. This is called a memory leak. Back in the Windows 95/98 days, it was so bad that just booting a computer up and letting it sit without running any programs would still cause it go more and more unstable until it crashed, all on its own. The only way to get aroudn this problem was to restart often.

Windows XP isn't nearly as bad, but some badly coded programs can still cause issues, so restarting from time to time is still viewed as good advice. And Vista is just a resource hog in general; no amount of rebooting will cure that. But people will still try it anyway. :)

As for OS X: its memory management is pretty good and so memory leaks aren't nearly the problem they've been on the PC side. Some programs (Adobe applications, Safari, Firefox 2) do hog more and more memory the longer you keep them running, but that's easily solved by restarting the application, not the whole system.
 
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mblancha

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If by "disappearing" you mean that it drops from view, you could try to sort the processes by their name -- simply click on the "Process Name" tab and scroll down until you see it.
by disappearing i mean it is actually leaving the list of active applications. my list isn't long enough that it could be hiding at the bottom, because i can see all of them on the one page. the dock application shows up as being active and within a second disappears once again. Every time it reappears it has a new process id #
 
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