Where did the spring in my dock go?

jessearl

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I see in a lot of people's docks that they have a spring-looking thing next to their trashcan.

Mine isn't there. What is it supposed to be for and how do I get it there again?
 

daveL

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jessearl said:
I see in a lot of people's docks that they have a spring-looking thing next to their trashcan.

Mine isn't there. What is it supposed to be for and how do I get it there again?
It's a shortcut that starts the Web browser and takes to the Apple site, if memory serves me. I always remove it; all it does is take up Dock space, since Safari is already in the Dock and has a Apple link in the bookmark bar.
 

Thomas Veil

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When you control-click on the spring (or just click and wait for a contextual menu), you get a "URL" designation, so I guess it's just a URL to Apple's OS X web page with a custom icon. Unlike everything else in your Dock, the spring doesn't appear to represent an actual file on your computer, otherwise it would offer to "Show in Finder".

You can drag your own Apple URL to the Dock, but I don't think you can get that custom icon. The only time I've ever seen that spring is when I actually installed the OS.
 

altair

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After extensive testing, i have determined that any URL dragged to the Dock will give you the spring icon. phew that was some insane testing, i need a beer.
 

Thomas Veil

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Oh for...

I was doing it by dragging a URL I already had on my desktop. That only produces the Safari "@" icon. But you're right, dragging the URL directly from Safari's address bar creates a spring icon.

Now...does anybody know what happened to the spring in my step? :rolleyes:
 
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