Stacks on left side of dock?

DrBroccoli

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Jun 13, 2009
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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!
 

ss957916

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Jun 17, 2009
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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.
 

spinnerlys

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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.
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.
 

ss957916

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Jun 17, 2009
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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.
 

GGJstudios

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May 16, 2008
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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.
 

DrBroccoli

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Original poster
Jun 13, 2009
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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).
 

Nero Wolfe

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Oct 28, 2007
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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)
 

BlizzardBomb

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Jun 15, 2005
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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.
 

stuartrozier

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Nov 12, 2011
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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)
Hey,

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
 

stuartrozier

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Nov 12, 2011
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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!
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

stuart
 
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