As a Mac user, you likely use a variety of applications throughout the day. The Dock is an essential part of your workflow, as it allows you to quickly access your frequently used apps and keep them organized for easy access. However, sometimes you may want to add or remove apps from the Dock to better suit your needs. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the simple steps to do just that.

Adding Apps to the Dock

  1. Open the application you want to add to the Dock.
  2. Click and hold on the application’s icon in the Applications folder on your computer.
  3. Drag the icon to the Dock at the bottom of your screen.
  4. Release the mouse button, and the application will be added to the Dock.
  5. To make the application permanently stay on the Dock, right-click on it and select "Keep in Dock."

Removing Apps from the Dock

  1. Click on an empty space on the Dock at the bottom of your screen.
  2. Wait for the icons to start jiggling.
  3. Click on the icon you want to remove from the Dock, and hold down the Command key.
  4. Click on the "Remove" button that appears next to the icon.
  5. Confirm the removal by clicking on "Remove App."

Tips for Organizing Your Dock

  • To group related applications together, drag them to the same folder in the Applications folder. For example, you could create a folder for all your office productivity apps and move them there.
  • You can also organize your Dock by category or function. For instance, you could have one section for social media apps and another for productivity apps.
  • Use keyboard shortcuts to quickly access frequently used applications. For example, you can press Command + Space to open Spotlight search, which allows you to type in a keyword to quickly find the app you need.


Q: Can I add multiple applications to the Dock at once?
A: Yes, you can select multiple icons at once by holding down the Command key while dragging them to the Dock.

Q: How do I move an app from one section of the Dock to another?
A: Simply drag and drop the icon to the desired folder in the Applications folder or the desired section on the Dock.

Q: Can I disable the Dock entirely?
A: No, the Dock is a fundamental part of the Mac operating system and cannot be disabled. However, you can customize its appearance and behavior to suit your needs.

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