Stacks on left side of dock?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by DrBroccoli, Jan 12, 2010.

  1. DrBroccoli macrumors newbie

    Jun 13, 2009
    I'm on an organization kick and I'm tired of my dock being 100 feet long, so I thought I'd put all my similar apps in stacks... like all my Adobe programs, and all the programs I run on startup and don't touch often (Mail, iCal, Adium).

    Upon attempting this, I found it wasn't possible =(.

    Is there any trick to get this to happen or a 3rd party dock add-on to help me out? Simplicity is key and I hate a cluttered dock!
  2. ss957916 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 17, 2009
    You want to customise your Mac?! They're not going to like you doing that.

    I hate a massive dock, too. If it's any help, I have my most, most used apps and files in the dock and then just get all other apps through Spotlight.
  3. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
  4. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    Who are they?

    OP: You can make aliases of your applications, put them in designated folders (created by you - one for graphics, one for chemistry, one for biology, ....), drag those folders onto the Dock, and voilà.

    PS: The folders have to be on the right/bottom side of the Dock, after the separator, but you can drag all the application icons from the Dock, so it will only show the ones that are running.
  5. ss957916 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 17, 2009
    Hang on - yes you can. In Applications, create a folder and drag the Apps you want into that folder, then drag that folder down to the dock. Done.
  6. -aggie- macrumors P6


    Jun 19, 2009
    Where bunnies are welcome.
    Like he said. I have a Utilities Folder, where I put all the utilities (System Prefs, etc.) and just do the same for other similar apps.
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    While it's simple to have a stack on the Dock that contains some or all apps, I think the OP might be referring to the icons that appear on the Dock when an app is open. Even if you have an app in a folder/stack on the Dock, as soon as you launch it, it will also appear separately on the Dock, with the light below it. If you have a dozen apps open, you'll have a dozen such icons on the dock, even if you have only one folder/stack with all your apps in it.
  8. DrBroccoli thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 13, 2009
    No, no-I'm aware and already have stacks on the right side of the dock (right side being on the right of the divider), but I would like stacks on the left side of the dock (left side being to the left of the divider).
  9. Nero Wolfe macrumors regular

    Nero Wolfe

    Oct 28, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    You can add a stack to the left side of the dock using Cocktail*, at least a recent items stack (you can choose apps, docs, etc) and you can have more than one... maybe that'd work for you or you can find a way to fiddle with what's shown there...

    (*I assume there's a free way to do it via terminal command but IDK)
  10. BlizzardBomb macrumors 68030


    Jun 15, 2005
    When you said stacks on left side, it made me think of System Preferences being a grid stack and then when you click on something, all the sliders and settings would appear in the black stacks pop-up window.
  11. stuartrozier macrumors regular

    Nov 12, 2011

    I've just seen your reply to someones post, I'm after a similar thing, an so i download cocktail, but, i can't find an option where to add new folders/stacks to the dock,
    do you have experience with the program ?

    many thanks
  12. stuartrozier macrumors regular

    Nov 12, 2011
    Hey, did you ever find a solution for this ? - i did find a way to do it, but just without the stack or fan option


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