I’ve never been a big fan of the Mac OS X Dock. It’s never fully adapted itself into my workflow; it’s more of a nuisance than anything else. The problem with the Dock, as I see it, is that in its default implementation, the Dock’s contents add visual noise to my computing environment. As it stands, a typical Mac OS X Dock typically contains running applications, frequently used applications, minimized windows and folders (as shown above). To me, there’s too much going on with it. (In my own usage over the years, I’ve almost never used the Minimize to Dock functionality.)
So this week, after nearly 10 years of putting up with the Dock’s irritating inefficiencies, I came across a neat little trick to make the Dock’s display much more meaningful to me. My dock is now set to display only the apps I am currently running. At a glance, I can easily see which apps I have open. This is exactly how I want my Dock to behave.
If entering a few command lines in the Terminal intimidates you, the same trick can be performed with a simple checkbox tick within the excellent Onyx utility.
When coupled with the excellent shareware HyperDock utility, I have a truly useful Dock setup.
Do you use the Dock? How have you customized it for your workflow? Sound off in the comments below!