Vertical dock in middle monitor of 3 monitor setup?

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  1. Greymarch macrumors newbie

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    I prefer my dock to be arranged vertically (up/down instead of left-to-right.) I keep my dock on the left side of my screen when I use a single monitor. With a 3 monitor setup, is it possible to have the dock in the middle monitor on the left side of the middle monitor, but arranged so the docker is vertical? (up/down.) I dont want the dock in the middle monitor if the dock must be horizontal, nor do I want the dock in the middle monitor if the dock must remain at the bottom of the screen.

    I want the dock in my middle monitor of my 3 monitor setup, vertically aligned in the middle monitor, and left-aligned in the middle monitor. Is it possible, and if so, how do I do it?
     
  2. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    I don't know the answer, but I'm wondering how it works now. You seem to imply that you have a dock on all three monitors, horizontal, at the bottom of the screens. What about show vs. hide as well?
     
  3. Greymarch thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have one vertical dock, on the left-side of the left-monitor in my 3-monitor setup. No other docks. I want to move the vertical dock to the left-side of the MIDDLE MONITOR.
     
  4. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    Not trying to be a wise guy here, but what else distinguishes the left monitor from the middle monitor? Can you switch their positions physically?

    If that's not possible, I hope someone else weighs in here to help. :)
     
  5. Greymarch thread starter macrumors newbie

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    If I swapped the monitors, then they would be out of order. I wouldnt be able to move my mouse from the middle monitor to the left monitor, since the system now thinks the middle monitor is actually the left-most monitor.
     
  6. HenryAZ macrumors 6502

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    Well you can change what position the system thinks each monitor is in in System Preferences/Display, by dragging them into the order and position you want them, and make one the master by dragging the menu bar to that one. As far as Finder, it can be vexing at times to make it remember its previous position. A little mumbo-jumbo that sometimes works is, after opening it to its default view, repositioning it, then CMD-J (or "Show View Options" in the menu), and click "Use as Default". Works sometimes, but it is one of several reasons I use PathFinder instead of Finder.
     
  7. MacGizmo macrumors 6502a

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    The OS is smart enough to know when monitors are connected. So it's not going to matter what order you drag the screens into in the System Prefs. Without a 3rd party app, the OS only sees 3 possible locations: left, center and right. There's no way to get it to show up in the center left... because "left" is always going to be whatever screen is on the far left in the System Prefs.

    There are tons of "Dock-like" apps available, but they're all complete Dock replacements, not Dock enhancements.
     
  8. MC6800 macrumors 6502

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    With multiple screens and the Dock in the normal bottom position, moving the mouse beyond the bottom of a screen and counting to 1 causes the Dock to move to that screen (sometimes it takes a second try to get it to move).

    With the Dock positioned on the left that trick no longer works. Changing the arrangement to a vertical stack doesn't help, nor does setting auto-hide. Looks like a left Dock can only live on the far left.
     
  9. MacGizmo macrumors 6502a

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    Yes. That's what I said just above you. ;)
     
  10. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040

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    As others have said, the side dock will be on the leftmost arranged display. But arrangement doesn't have to match physical layout. I have a display that's to the left of my main, but in the Arrangements tab I set it as above - so I move the mouse up off my main display, and it shows up at the bottom of my other display.

    I have my reasons, which aren't related to the dock :) but this is a possible work-around.
     
  11. MC6800 macrumors 6502

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    Right, and my addition was how the Dock repositioning trick that works for a bottom Dock doesn't affect that.
     

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