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By Dan Moren

What I Use: What’s in My Dock

Dan's Dock
Dan’s Dock

The Dock has been a staple of Apple products since before Mac OS X first debuted back in 2001. (It appeared in the Public Beta that was released in 2000 and, of course, was derived from the NextSTEP and OpenStep OSes that it drew from.) It’s evolved over the years, but in the end has remained more or less true to that initial concept: a place to keep your frequently used applications, folders, and files. Since then, it’s migrated to iOS to become a fixture on the iPhone and iPad as well—there’s even a Dock on the Apple Watch. (Sorry, Apple TV!)

So, with that in mind, here’s how I use the Dock on my Macs.

Orientation: Yep, I’m a bottom-of-the-screen Dock guy. Back in the day, one of the first things I used to do when setting up a new Mac was install TinkerTool and use a secret preference to pin the Dock to the bottom right, mainly because I liked having the Trash always in the bottom right corner of the screen.…

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