How to customize and tweak your mac’s dock

How to customize and tweak your mac’s dock

The macOS dock normally appears at the bottom of your screen, but it doesn’t have to. The dock is customizable in quite a few ways you might not be aware of, especially if you’re a new Mac user.

In this article, we’ll discuss all the built-in ways to tweak your Dock, though if you really want to go further, you can also install themes and tweak other settings with the third-party cDock utility.

How to Access Your Dock’s Options

To access the dock options, you’ll need to either Ctrl-click or right-click on the dock itself. However, most of the dock is taken up by icons, making it difficult to click.

The easiest way to access these settings is to right-click the divider located to the left of the trash can icon.

How to customize and tweak your mac’s dock

Auto-Hide the Dock

To automatically hide the dock and reclaim more screen space for your open windows, select the “Turn Hiding On” option in this menu. The dock will slide off your screen when you aren’t using it, and you can move the mouse cursor to the edge of your screen to view it again.

How to customize and tweak your mac’s dock

Enable Magnification

The dock allows you to magnify icons when you hover over them, although this option isn’t enabled by default. Just select the “Turn Magnification On” option in the list. When you mouse over an icon, it and the icons next to it will appear larger. This could be useful if your dock is cluttered with quite a few icons.

How to customize and tweak your mac’s dock

To control how much icons are magnified, select “Dock Preferences” in the menu and adjust the “Magnification” slider.

How to customize and tweak your mac’s dock

Move the Dock

You can also change the position of the dock on your screen. Just hover over the “Position on Screen” option in the menu and select “Left”, “Right”, or “Bottom”. For example, you might want to move the dock to the left or right sides of the screen to gain more vertical space on a MacBook with a widescreen monitor.

How to customize and tweak your mac’s dock

Choose an Animation

By default, your Mac uses the “Genie” when you minimize a window by clicking the yellow button in its window titlebar. To change this to another animation, hover over the “Minimize Using” option and select “Scale Effect”.

How to customize and tweak your mac’s dock

Control the Size of the Dock

To control the size of the dock, select “Dock Preferences” in the menu and adjust the Size slider. Note that the more icons you add to the dock, the smaller it’ll get automatically, so you can only adjust this to a certain point depending on how many icons you have.

How to customize and tweak your mac’s dock

Pin Folders to Your Dock

You can pin folders to your dock for easier access. To do this, open a Finder window and then drag and drop the folder onto the right side of the dock, to the left of the trash can. (If you have the dock vertically on one side of your screen, drag and drop it to just above the trash can.)

When you click the folder, it will provide quick access to your files directly from the dock so you can open them without opening the finder. There’s also a quick link to open the folder directly in a Finder window.

How to customize and tweak your mac’s dock

After you’ve put a folder on your dock, you can Ctrl-click, right-click, or two-finger click the folder icon and adjust how the files appear. For example, they can appear in a more standard grid layout or “fan out” upwards from the icon.

If you select “Stack”, you’ll see icons of the files inside the folder appear on the dock. If you select “Folder”, you’ll see the folder’s normal icon appear on the dock.

How to customize and tweak your mac’s dock

Customize Application Icons

Most Mac users are probably aware of this, but it’s important to customize the applications on your dock. This gives you quick access to your most frequently used applications and gets the ones you never use out of your way.

To remove an application icon from your dock, you can either drag and drop it off the dock or Ctrl-click, right-click, or two-finger-click it and select Options > Remove from Dock.

Application icons appear in the dock when the application is running. To keep an icon in the dock so you can use it to launch the application even when it isn’t running, Ctrl-click, right-click, or two-finger-click the applications icon and select Options > Keep in Dock.

How to customize and tweak your mac’s dock

If an application isn’t running, you can also drag-and-drop its icon from the Applications folder in the Finder onto your dock. To rearrange the icons, drag and drop the icons. Application icons you remove from the dock can always be launched from the Applications folder in the Finder, from Launchpad, or from Spotlight search.

How to customize and tweak your mac’s dock

A few other small settings are available in the Dock Preferences window you can access by clicking “Dock Preferences” in the menu that appears when you right-click the dock or heading to System Preferences > Dock. However, most of these options are the same ones you can easily access just by right-clicking the dock.

How to customize and tweak your mac’s dock

OS X lacks little in aesthetic appeal, but sometimes you just want to change it up. Luckily, a free, open source application will let you tweak the Dock’s appearance to your heart’s content.

cDock is a tiny, no-nonsense app, which doesn’t need to be installed and can be used to change your Dock in myriad ways. Take a look at the following screenshot, and you can see there’s quite a few really useful options at your disposal.

How to customize and tweak your mac’s dock

For the most part, you’ll want to use cDock to apply themes that can radically or subtly change how your dock looks. cDock comes with many themes included, or you can create your own custom themes.

How to customize and tweak your mac’s dock

For example, you can make your Dock transparent, which lets you clearly see whatever is behind it.

Or, you can make it pink! There’s really no limit because cDock has a custom option, so you can change the appearance of your Dock to really anything you desire, you can even skin it with a picture.

Many of the features found on the cDock interface, are things you could already adjust but you also have other options, such as being able to lock Dock contents so they cannot be moved for removed.

How to customize and tweak your mac’s dock

You can also add app spacers, which are essentially blank tiles, allowing you to separate apps into groups.

How to customize and tweak your mac’s dock

Doc spacers, on the other hand, allow you to space out your stacks and running apps.

You can also add a recents folder, such as here with our Recent Applications stack.

How to customize and tweak your mac’s dock

Right-clicking (if you’re of the two-button mouse persuasion) reveals options to change that recents folder to one of five different types.

How to customize and tweak your mac’s dock

You might have noticed in the earlier screenshot, the option to show only running applications. This is just what it sounds like, whatever applications are running will be the only ones that appear in the Dock.

How to customize and tweak your mac’s dock

We imagine this might useful for restraining user focus to small set of applications, or you could use it as a sort of quasi-security feature, which doesn’t mean people can’t use Spotlight to launch apps but discourages them from casually launching other apps when they’re using your computer.

Finally, the other feature we want to point out is the colored Finder sidebar (Favorites) icons option. In OS X Mavericks and Yosemite, the Favorites sidebar has monochrome icons, which are simple, unassuming, and kind of drab.

How to customize and tweak your mac’s dock

If you want to change to colored sidebar icons though, you can then customize them to your heart’s content, which is especially nice versus the plain folder icons you see in the previous screenshot.

How to customize and tweak your mac’s dock

cDock has some settings, which you should be aware of, specifically the option to Restore Dock, so you can revert to your previous Dock configuration if you just want to start over. This won’t remove spacers and recents folders, but it will undo any change you made to the Dock’s overall appearance.

How to customize and tweak your mac’s dock

cDock isn’t complicated, but it does pack a lot of functionality into it. If you do decide to use it , even if it’s just occasionally, it’s good to know that once you select a change and hit “Apply,” you will have to keep relaunching the app to make further changes. It’s probably a good idea to either pin it to your Dock or keep the application package’s location accessible until you’re done making your tweaks.

Also, though cDock is up to version 6.1.1 (as of this writing), it’s still being developed, so make sure you’re always using the most recent version.

If you’re an OS X vet, then you already probably know some ways you can hack your Dock using terminal commands. The nice thing about cDock (other than being completely free), is that it eschews all that, allowing you change the Dock quickly and easily, without needing to know a thing about the command line.

We’ll be covering how to create custom Docks in an upcoming article, but in the meantime, feel free to play around with cDock on your own and see what you can come up with. And, as always, if you have anything you’d like to talk to us about, please make yourself heard in our discussion forum.

Before Mac OS X Leopard got released, if you’d told me Stacks—a convenient way to access Finder locations on the Dock—would be one of my favorite, most-used features, I would’ve said you were trapped in the reality distortion field. Turns out Stacks is super-useful, and highly configurable to boot. Let’s take a look at some power tweaks and uses for Stacks.

Add drawer overlay icons. True Apple product devotees know that looks are everything. With a few good-looking icons cleverly dated, you can add drawer icons to your Stacks that make it easy to visually identify them. Here’s how to add drawer overlays to your Stacks.

Overlay Drawers onto Your Dock’s Stacks

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Add Recent Items With a little Terminal-fu, you can add a custom Stack of the most recent documents and applications you used. Here’s the command you need to set it up original post ):

Add a Stack of Recent Things to Your Dock

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Show all the hard drives connected to your Mac. Add a stack of “Volumes”—that is, all the hard drives connected to your Mac, from FireWire drives to USB sticks to digital camera cards—by dragging and dropping the hidden /Volumes/ folder to your Dock. Tech tip site Cybernet describes how.

Open multiple folders with the Option key. If your extended Stack contains more than one folder, you can open them without retracting the Stack—just hold down the Option key to open each one in Finder. [via UsingMac ]

Slow it down. Go all Steve Jobs and show off your Stacks action in slo-mo. Just hold down the Shift key and click on your Stack to see it open and close slowed down.

Customize your Stacks even further—just click and hold. The 10.5.2 Software Update brought with it an expanded menu of Stacks options . Click and hold your Stack to set whether to display it as a stack or a folder, and in what style.

Customize Stacks in Leopard 10.5.2

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For more fun with Leopard, see also our top 10 things you forgot your Mac can do , and more Leopard power tweaks .

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Now that Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard’s been out almost three months, several apps, tweaks, and plug-ins have emerged that can customize (and sometimes re-Tigerize) your Mac. Now that you’re comfortable with Leopard’s new features, like Stacks, Quick Look , Time Machine, and Spaces, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and make your Mac look, feel, and behave just how you like. Personalize Leopard’s great new features, revert the annoying ones, or just get a taste of the things you didn’t know your Mac could do with our favorite Leopard tweaks.

The Desktop and Dock

Whether you love or hate Leopard’s most-touted feature—the Dock and Desktop’s new look and feel—you can enhance or revert Leopard’s changes with a little know-how.

Make the menubar opaque. Lots of Leopard users say the menubar’s new transparency makes menu items difficult to read. To turn the menubar opaque again (like it was in Tiger), download and run the free OpaqueMenuBar ( original post ). If you don’t want to run a whole new piece of software just for this tweak, several LH readers suggest editing your Desktop background image to include a white section across the top for behind the transparent menubar.

Kill the Dock reflection. Personally I think it’s cool, but it does draw my eye away from whatever I’m doing when dragging windows. If the Dock’s new reflective qualities are too distracting to you, turn it off using two Terminal commands (via Wired , omit the $ prompt when you type them yourself):

Revert the blue dots to Tiger’s black triangles. Along the same lines, Leopard uses little blue dots to indicate open applications on the Dock. If you prefer Tiger’s pointier black triangles, here’s how to replace the new blue dots with the old black triangles .

Stacks

One of my favorite Leopard features, Stacks, adds fly-out menus of folders to your Dock. Here are a few ways to trick out your Stacks:

Identify your Stacks with drawer overlay icons. One of the best things I’ve done to my Stacks is add attractive, drawer overlay icons to them, which add much-needed easy visual identification. Here’s where and how to set up the drawer overlap icons .

Add a Recent Items Stack. If you’re constantly reaching for the same documents and applications, add a custom Stack of recent applications to your Dock. In the Terminal, enter the following commands:

(Be sure to omit the $ prompts.)

Navigate hierarchical folders from the Dock like in Tiger. If you miss the ability to navigate down into folder contents from the Dock, install freeware HeirarchicalDock ( original post ) to get folder browsing back.

Quick Look

Another Lifehacker favorite Leopard feature, Quick Look displays the contents of a file directly from Finder with the tap of a Spacebar—no application launching required. At first blush Quick Look seems most useful for viewing photos (especially giant folders stuffed with ambiguously named ones like IMG_8097.jpg from the digital camera). But you can also Quick Look office documents, iCal events , and fonts . A couple of plug-ins can supercharge Quick Look’s preview capabilities, too:

Cover Flow iCal Events

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How to customize and tweak your mac’s dock

Want to customize the Dock on your Mac? Perhaps you want to add or remove some apps from the Dock, or change how the Dock looks by making it larger or smaller, or even change its position? Whatever the case, you can customize the Dock on your macOS system according to your liking within minutes.

If you’re new to the macOS ecosystem, the Dock is the panel located at the bottom of your desktop that houses a bunch of apps on the left side, and files, folders, and minimized folders on the right side for quick access. It’s similar to the Dock on iOS and iPadOS devices, and it’s the first thing you see after you login to your Mac aside from the desktop. If you want to change the way your Dock looks, you can make several changes to it, like moving it to a different position, reduce the size, add frequently used apps, remove unused apps, and so on.

The Dock has been an integral part of macOS since the introduction of Mac OS X in 2000. Therefore, regardless of what version your Mac is running on, the following steps to customize your Mac Dock remain the same.

How to Customize the Dock on Mac

Ready to customize the Dock to suit your preferences? Here’s how to do it:

    Head over to “System Preferences” from the Dock on your Mac.

How to customize and tweak your mac’s dock
When a new window opens, click on “Dock” to adjust your Dock preferences.

How to customize and tweak your mac’s dock
Here, you’ll be able to use the size of your Dock my moving the slider left or right. You can also enable or disable “Magnification”, a feature that magnifies the app icons in the Dock when you hover your cursor over them. Use the slider to adjust the intensity of the magnification.

How to customize and tweak your mac’s dock
If preferred, you can move your Dock to the left or right. Additionally, there are other animation options for opening and minimizing windows for apps on your Dock. Just set them according to your liking.

How to customize and tweak your mac’s dock
Next, if you want to remove an app or folder from the Dock, right-click on the respective icon and choose Options -> Remove from Dock, as shown below. (there are other ways too)

How to customize and tweak your mac’s dock
To add a new app to your Dock, open Launchpad, and simply drag the app to the Dock.

How to customize and tweak your mac’s dock

There you go. You’ve finally learned how to customize the Dock on your Mac. Pretty easy, right?

There are so many changes that you can make to the Dock to make sure it matches your needs. For example, you can remove the apps that you rarely ever use for a more minimalistic appearance, or choose to hide recent apps from showing up in the Dock. Or, turn on auto-hide Dock so that you have more screen real-estate for what you’re working on and active windows.

Some more advanced Dock customizations are also available, including making hidden app icons translucent, and adding spaces between Dock icons, amongst myriad of other more advanced tricks using defaults commands. You can always browse through our Dock archives here for all sorts of tips on the subject.

If you use other Apple devices like the iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, you’ll be able to rearrange the apps on the iOS Dock by long-pressing on the icon and entering “Edit Home Screen” menu. Although you’re limited to just four apps in the iPhone Dock, you can add app folders to the dock to expand the app capacity of the Dock.

We hope you managed to personalize the Dock on your Mac to better suit your liking. What are your overall thoughts on the Dock in macOS? Do you have any particular customizations or changes that you think are essential? Share your thoughts, opinions, and experiences in the comments!

How to hide the dock and menu bar on a Mac and add multiple desktops to free up space

How to customize and tweak your mac’s dock

You’re doing serious business on your Mac—so much serious business that it doesn’t all fit on your screen. You might think you need to buy several large monitors to contain all of your business, and maybe that’s true. But a few tweaks can free up a lot of space on your Mac, which just might be enough to accommodate all of the business you need to be doing.

For example, some tasks are easier with multiple windows open side-by-side. I like to have a browser window open for research and another application open for taking notes. This isn’t easy if you’re using a Mac with the default settings—there’s not enough room to put two decently sized windows alongside each other. Here’s how my screen looks before any adjustments.

A single Chrome window takes up almost all of my screen space, making it hard to take notes. The dock and menu bar also take up a decent amount of vertical space, which makes it even more crowded.

You can free up space by adjusting the display settings, hiding the dock, and hiding the menu bar. This gives you a lot more room to work with.

Here’s a quick guide to doing all of that, plus tips on setting up multiple desktops for even more room.

Shrink your Mac’s windows

The first thing you’re going to do is adjust the display settings, shrinking how much room everything takes up. Head to System Preferences, which you can find by clicking the Apple logo in your menu bar and clicking System Preferences. Next, click Displays.

Under Resolution, check the Scaled option.

This will bring up a number of scaling options. Click More Space, if it’s available.

Your screen will adjust, and you’ll quickly notice that everything takes up a lot less room.

Note that, if your Mac has multiple displays, you’ll need to configure this setting on each of them.

The potential downside here is that everything is a little bit smaller. To me, the tradeoff is worth it. For you, it might not be—particularly if you find yourself squinting at the computer already. I suggest you give it a shot and see if you like it because you can always change it back later.

You’ve now freed up some serious space for some serious business, but you need more. Let’s keep going.

How to hide the dock on a Mac

The dock, by default, is always there. But do you need to see all of your icons all the time? Does knowing that you have 103 emails waiting for you really make you more productive?

I don’t think so. You can hide it by right-clicking or control-clicking the horizontal line that separates sections, then clicking Turn Hiding On.

This will hide the dock by default, freeing up a bunch of vertical space.

You might miss your dock. That’s understandable, but don’t worry—it’s not gone. You can visit it anytime by moving your pointer to the bottom of the screen. It will pop back up for you. But when you don’t need it, it won’t take up any space, meaning you have more room for all of your serious business.

If you’re not ready to hide the dock altogether, there’s a compromise: you can shrink it. Hover your mouse over the line that separates the sides of your dock, then click-and-drag up and down to resize.

You can make a tiny dock.

You can optionally right-click, or control-click, and Turn Magnification On.

This will expand whatever icon your mouse is currently hovered over, allowing you to see more detail.

How to hide the menu bar on a Mac

Want to free up just a little more room? You can also hide the menu bar at the top of the screen. Head back to System Preferences, then click General. You’ll find the option to Automatically hide and show the menu bar.

Check that box, and the menu bar will be hidden by default.

Again, the menu bar isn’t gone—it’s just hidden. Move your mouse to the top of the screen and it will pop down for you, then disappear when you move the mouse away.

Remember that you did this! It might be disorienting otherwise. The first few times you sit back down at your computer, you might be overwhelmed by all of the serious business that fits on your screen at once, and you might also be confused about where your dock and menu bar went. Don’t panic, and try to remember that you hid everything. You can always change things back if you can’t handle it. I won’t judge you.

How to have multiple desktops on a Mac

Mission Control is one of those features that most Mac users never use—and, to be fair, it is a little confusing. But it’s also really useful, once you grasp it. It lets you set up multiple desktops, each with their own set of windows. You can then quickly switch between them.

Open Mission Control by swiping up on your touchpad using three or four fingers, or by using the keyboard shortcut control-up. This will show you all of your currently open windows.

Move your mouse to the top of the screen, and you’ll see a thumbnail of your current desktop. There’s also a plus sign in the top-right corner.

Click this plus sign to make more desktops.

You can make as many desktops as you want, then drag windows to them. You can quickly switch between desktops by swiping your trackpad with three or four fingers, or by using the keyboard shortcuts control-left or control-right.

This effectively gives you as many screens as you want, without the need to buy more monitors and a giant desk to store them all on. I personally use different desktops for different tasks: one is for whatever I’m working on, another is for email and chatting with coworkers, and a third is for my calendar and to-do list. Having all of these things in separate spaces makes it easier to focus on the current task.

With these tips combined, you’ll find you have way more room to work. Now get to your serious business.

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How to customize and tweak your mac’s dock

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How to customize and tweak your mac’s dock

Anyone invested in the Apple ecosystem knows just how essential the iconic Dock can be to their workflow. Natively present on the iPhone, iPad, and even the Mac, the Dock is a convenient place to store your most-used apps such that you always have quick access to them when you need them.

As much as we like the Dock on these platforms, it’s worth noting that Apple doesn’t offer much by way of aesthetic customization. Fortunately, a newly released and free jailbreak tweak dubbed Docktyle by iOS developer Marcel Braun lets jailbreakers customize the aesthetics of the Dock on the iOS platform.

In the screenshot examples above, you’ll see that Docktyle brings a lot of features to the table in terms of Dock customization. Whether you get excited about custom color gradients, enjoy adjusting background opacity, or have fun adjusting custom style settings, Docktyle has a little of something for everyone.

Once installed, Docktyle adds a dedicated preference pane to the Settings app where you can configure it your liking:

How to customize and tweak your mac’s dock

  • Toggle Docktyle on or off on demand
  • Hide or show the Home Screen page dots
  • Adjust the Dock’s opacity level
  • Choose between iOS, Solid Color, Gradient, or Hidden styles
  • Enable the iOS blur effect
  • Choose between White 70%, White 90%, Dark 50%, Dark 70%, or Dark 90% styles
  • Configure a color for the Solid Color option
  • Configure two different colors for the Gradient option

The developer includes a Respring button at the top-right of the preference pane to help you save any changes you make on demand.

If you’re ready to take control over the aesthetics of your pwned handset’s Home Screen Dock, then you can download Docktyle for free from the Basepack repository via your preferred package manager. The tweak supports jailbroken iOS 13 devices.

If you’re not already using the Basepack repository, then you can add it to your package manager of choice using the following URL:

Do you plan to customize your Dock with Docktyle? Let us know why or why not in the comments section below.

Big Sur brings a fresh look, as well as new controls and customization options to macOS. Our tips outline how to make the most of Apple’s latest operating system.

How to customize and tweak your mac’s dock

Apple’s Big Sur OS update is now available for download for all Mac users, but what does version 11 of macOS actually offer, and how can you take advantage of the new features? Rather than hunting around on your own to see what’s new and different, peruse our tips to see what awaits you in Big Sur, and how you can get the most out of the new OS.

If you haven’t already updated to Big Sur, click the Apple icon in the upper-left corner and select About This Mac. At the macOS window, click the button for Software Update, then click the button to Update Now and follow the prompts to install the update.

Use the New Control Center

Taking a page from iOS and iPadOS, Big Sur adds its own Control Center, which displays icons for commonly used features. On the menu bar, click the Control Center icon (it looks like two horizontal bars). You can now quickly access controls for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, AirDrop, Do Not Disturb mode, Keyboard Brightness, Screen Mirroring, Display, Sound, and Music. Click a control to expand and use it.

You can add more options to Control Center under System Preferences > Dock & Menu Bar. In the left pane, scroll down to the section for Other Modules. You can then select Accessibility Shortcuts, Battery, or Fast User Switching, and check the box for “Show in Control Center.”

Pin Controls to the Menu Bar

Pin controls from Control Center to the Menu Bar for even quicker access. And you can do this one of two ways. Click the icon for Control Center, then drag and drop a specific icon to the Menu Bar. Alternatively, go to System Preferences > Dock & Menu Bar. In the left pane in the Control Center section, select a specific control and then check the box to “Show in Menu Bar.”

There’s one more trick here: You can hide the entire Menu Bar so it appears only when you move your cursor to the top of the screen. This feature was already available in past versions of macOS, but in Big Sur, you enable this differently. To set this, go to System Preferences > Dock & Menu Bar and check the box for “Automatically hide and show the menu bar.”

View Notifications and Widgets

Borrowing another feature from iOS/iPadOS, Big Sur now displays notifications and widgets in the same section. Click the date and time in the Menu bar to view any notifications and see the default widgets, such as date, weather, World Clock, and Screen Time. Click a widget to open the corresponding app.

Customize Your Widgets

You can tweak specific widgets in a number of ways. Right-click on any widget to change the size, edit details, or delete it from the screen. As an example, you can edit the weather widget to change the location. You can also reorder your widgets by dragging and dropping them to different spots.

To add widgets, click the Edit Widgets button at the bottom or right-click on any widget and select Edit Widgets. Scroll down the screen to see all the widgets you can add, or select a specific category in the left pane. You can also search for a widget by name. Hover over a widget you want to add and click the green plus icon in the upper-left corner of its icon, or just drag it to the Widgets pane.

Even cooler, you can download widgets from third parties by searching “widgets” in the Mac App Store. You can then use the app as a widget in the Notification center or on the Menu bar.

Turn Off Startup Sound

You can now disable the built-in chime sound that plays when your Mac fires up. Go to System Preferences > Sound and uncheck the box for “Play sound on startup.” Now your Mac will remain quiet whenever you boot it up.

Check Your Mac’s Battery

Big Sur now offers more details and a dedicated system preference just for your battery. Click the battery icon on the Menu bar to see the percentage of charge left. Then select the option for Battery Preferences to determine when the display shuts off battery power, enable Power Nap in battery mode, and optimize video streaming on battery power.

Even better, you can take certain measures to preserve your battery life. Make sure the option for “Optimized battery charging” is on. This feature will learn your daily charging routine so your Mac won’t be charged past 80% until you need the extra boost.

Terminal is powerful tool that every Mac OS X user should explore. With it, we’ve shown you how to save iPhone voicemails, extract and back up text messages, and even check for vulnerabilities in your system, all using commands issued from within Terminal.

Now, thanks to Redditor TBoneTheOriginal, we’ve got a few commands that you can use in Terminal to add blank spaces to your Mac’s dock, using them as dividers for some aesthetically-pleasing organization.

How to Create Blank Spaces in Your Dock

Open up Terminal, then type, or copy and paste, the following two commands separately, each followed by hitting the “Enter” key.

defaults write com.apple.dock persistent-apps -array-add ‘<"tile-type"="spacer-tile";>‘

killall Dock

Your desktop will go black for a few seconds and close the dock. It will then reappear with a blank space on the far right, which you can drag to move just like any other app icon, taking your dock from this:

Repeat the process in Terminal to create as many blank spaces as you want. To get rid of any blank spaces, hold down on them, then drag them to your desktop, just like you would to remove an application or shortcut.

Want More Dock Tweaks for Mac OS X?

Check out some of our other guides for your Mac’s dock, including how to get a transparent 3D dock on Yosemite and how to add a second dock that responds to gestures and keyboard shortcuts.

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