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Minimalist Dock: leaving only active applications

By Tom Grant
Published in OS
May 18, 2022
1 min read

The Dock is macOS’s universal panel for frequently used apps and open files. Fans of visual order can make it as minimalistic as possible by removing the icons of programs not currently open.

In order to enable the display of only active applications:

  1. open the Terminal app (you can find it in the Spotlight search).

  2. Insert the command into the command line.

    1. defaults write com.apple.dock static-only -bool true; killall Dock
  1. Confirm your intentions by pressing ENTER.

The Dock pane will show only the applications currently active. To undo the changes and return the panel to its original state, use the command.

defaults delete com.apple.dock; killall Dock


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