Remove/hide Finder icon from dock.

Discussion in 'macOS' started by mcsolas, Nov 11, 2014.

  1. mcsolas macrumors regular

    Jan 4, 2013
    I know the 'desktop' is technically a Finder display, and thus the dock 'always' displays it.

    The thing is.. I never use that icon. I usually launch finder windows in this manner - I click the desktop (if its not already the active app), then hit CMD-N or CMD-F or both (hitting them in succession quickly opens 2 finder windows).

    I already wanted it to go, but now that I see the new icon in v 10.10.. I really want it gone.

    How can I hide that icon from the dock?
  2. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    I've seen this question before. Unless there is a new feature, I don't think it's possible. But, you didn't mention what OS version you're running.
  3. mcsolas thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 4, 2013
    I just tried the new update - v 10.10, Yosemite. Once I saw they didn't fix this quite ridiculous dock 'feature' - cant move that icon, or delete it. :eek: I see something like that as a reason to learn a little more about OSX.. I also thought about it, maybe there is some dock utilities that address this as part of their features, Im going to look around to try and see. I saw a few tutorials, but the methods varied quite a lot and a few up them indicated to go in & modify the finder app itself, which seems to me likely that this 'fix' would potentially be lost on future app updates. Thus I decided to ask here...
  4. 10tacleBoy macrumors member

    Aug 11, 2014
  5. mcsolas thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 4, 2013
    LOL. I guess you skipped this part of the thread. No need for sarcasm, I am just trying to improve the UI and thought there might be others interested in this mod as well.

    ... BTW I tried that tutorial out it doesn't appear to work. I found the files, removed them, ran the command killall Dock.. saw the screen flash, but it came right back up the same way... so we can scratch that one off the list.
  6. 10tacleBoy macrumors member

    Aug 11, 2014
    Oh boy, I skipped that part indeed! Shame on me. ;)
    Sorry, can't help you with that.
  7. mcsolas thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 4, 2013
    No worries :cool: Did some more reading and this one looks promising.

    From the last post on this thread:
    The part I don't follow is how to "make a small applescript which clicks the "Remove from Dock" option FOR you, and then put that applescript in your login items."

    I posted in another thread the other day about this.. from what I learned there I think I have to save this script as an .app file, add it to my apps folder, then add it to the apps that load on login. Going to look into this now.

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