Where are my blue dots?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by RightMACatU, Aug 17, 2012.

  1. RightMACatU macrumors 65816

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    Fired up my long awaited 2012 13" ML MBA for the first time last night and coming from a 2010 13" SL MBA, the first thing that popped was the fact that the blue dots no longer exist for open apps in the Dock.

    Instead, it's a very small and narrow grey rectangle that's barely noticeable, even with a 20/20 vision. Can we bring back the blue dot?
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    Mountain Lion has a new way of displaying the dock
     
  3. MonkeySee.... macrumors 68040

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    Isn't the "grey" dot blue?

    I don't see any issues seeing it?
     
  4. RightMACatU thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Not if you have a 21.5" screen (as per your signature block) ;)
     
  5. MonkeySee.... macrumors 68040

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    haha. very true. I have seen the Airs in the Apple Store though and I though they were ok.

    Maybe i'm superman :cool:
     
  6. mrtune macrumors 6502a

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    I agree with the OP. It's much harder for me to tell whats running as well. They put it so close to the bottom of the screen I can barely tell what's running and what's not. Simply moving the dock up a few mm so there is a gap between the blue dot and the screen edge would help a lot.
     
  7. recryl macrumors newbie

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    Move dock to side for clear dot

    Hardly a direct fix, but if you move the dock to the left or right side (System settings -> Dock Location: Left/Right), the "old" clearer dots are shown.

    This layout actually makes more sense when you think about it, as you have 60 % more space to spare horizontally than you do vertically.

    It's a matter of taste of course - I'm actually in the opposite situation, as I went back to the horizontal dock from years of having the dock in the right side of the screen, just because I thought the new Mountain Lion dock looks oh so sweet :eek:
     
  8. RightMACatU thread starter macrumors 65816

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    @recryl

    Cool, I will try the vertical Dock thing. Funniest thing, I've had a vertical left-side toolbar in Windows for years :D
     
  9. dcorban macrumors 6502a

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    I did the same thing. I have always had dock on the left with my 2008 MacBook so it would take less screen area and was more clear to read. With Mountain Lion and my new MacBook Air, I tried putting it at the bottom and I am leaving it there. Auto-hide is a must, so it doesn't consume precious vertical area, but otherwise it feels better there.

    I find that with the Air's SSD and overall speed, I don't really care what is "running". I just leave apps open and direct my mental effort to other things. I never run out of memory with 4GB, and the performance is not affected. I appreciate how the little glowing bars are at the bottom just in case I need to confirm something is running, but they are not visually distracting or draw attention.
     
  10. KPOM macrumors G5

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    That's deliberate. The idea is that Mountain Lion is efficient at managing memory so that you don't need to worry about which applications are open or closed.
     

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