The Dock

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in macOS edited January 2014
The dock gets in peoples way...



today we had a class in a computer room.... there were like 20 Powerbook G4 1 GHz machines with 512 RAM... a very nice sight...



the only problem was, IE was the default browser, and it would not respect the dock... i had to hide the dock for a bunch of my classmates because they couldn't see what was behind it...



a pleasant experience with macs that 90% of that class probably never gets was usurped because of IE...



The dock needs some work... I bet this happens in every class in there.... <img src="graemlins/hmmm.gif" border="0" alt="[Hmmm]" />
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  • Reply 1 of 24
    amorphamorph Posts: 7,112member
    Actually, it's IE that needs work.



    That's why Apple released Safari.
  • Reply 2 of 24
    Amorph is right. IE is the problem here, not the Dock.



    I think *every* other browser on OSX respects the Dock properly...
  • Reply 3 of 24
    kickahakickaha Posts: 8,760member
    Not quite. Put your Dock on the left vertical edge, then run Safari. D'oh.
  • Reply 4 of 24
    yea... IE sux.... its ugly and slow compared to Safari.. ^_^
  • Reply 5 of 24
    paulpaul Posts: 5,278member
    [quote]Originally posted by Kickaha:

    <strong>Not quite. Put your Dock on the left vertical edge, then run Safari. D'oh.</strong><hr></blockquote>

    yeah thats what i Do....



    i did the best that i could i guess
  • Reply 6 of 24
    overhopeoverhope Posts: 1,123member
    My Dock stays hidden anyway: I see absolutely no reason to have something displayed on screen all the time that I don't need to see untill I want to use it.



    The fact that all mounted drives are shown on my Desktop is, um, pure nostalgia...
  • Reply 7 of 24
    der kopfder kopf Posts: 2,275member
    The dock needs, IMHO, a very great deal of work. I have it hidden all the time, and it still tends to get in the way, pop out whenever I get close to wherever it's hiding. Moreover, there is not enough room on it, and so on. I'll spare the combattant Dock-lovers my annoyance but still, the dock is not nearly as great as it was made out to be when X was new and shiny, and followed by a zero. This is, allow me to stress that fact, MHO.
  • Reply 8 of 24
    ibrowseibrowse Posts: 1,749member
    I'm happy to hear that X is starting to be used in education, at my college EVERYTHING is still stuck in 9, because they're still waiting for Quark (even though almost every teacher has already said they would love to switch to InDesign). Actually, every computer in the school besides the Music and Graphics departments are PCs (except my advisor's, which is running X, because he's smart).



    Anyway... IE violates many of the Human Interface guidelines anyway, the dock is just one example.
  • Reply 9 of 24
    I believe the dock is a good idea... with slightly above average execution... but not exceptional execution. Make the thing run end to end, and pin icons to one side so they stop moving all over the place (part of which is do-able today...), and add the ability to minimize windows to a separate dock, or perhaps as free-floting mini windows... and the dock would be a great deal more usefull in my opinion...
  • Reply 10 of 24
    ibrowseibrowse Posts: 1,749member
    All of that is able to be done today, except the "Make the thing run end to end", using hacks and dock-replacement/duplication applications.
  • Reply 11 of 24
    It doesn't matter if you put the dock on the left, bottom or right. Just press the Green button and Safari will move out of the way
  • Reply 12 of 24
    tjmtjm Posts: 367member
    [quote]Originally posted by hamfistedbunvendor:

    <strong>It doesn't matter if you put the dock on the left, bottom or right. Just press the Green button and Safari will move out of the way</strong><hr></blockquote>



    My problem is that Safari opens up too far to the right with the Dock (hidden) on the left - it leaves a gap for the invisible Dock, and then the right-hand scroll bar is off the screen to the right. I know Safari is still technically a Beta, but this seems like pretty basic window-management.



    BTW, I have my own Dock problem - it won't unhide sometimes (I keep it on the left edge of my monitor). I move the cursor to the left edge, and nothing happens. I finally have to select "unhide Dock" from the Apple menu to get it to pop out. Doesn't happen often, and I haven't figured out a pattern to it yet. Anyone else see this and/or know what the cause is?
  • Reply 13 of 24
    dogcowdogcow Posts: 713member
    Dosn't IE remember you're window size even when you quit? So if you size the window to just above the dock it should remember that and open that way from then on...
  • Reply 14 of 24
    aquaticaquatic Posts: 5,602member
    Why don't Spring Loaded Folders work in the Dock? If they did I could remove drive icons from my Desktop and be a Happy Camper.?
  • Reply 15 of 24
    paulpaul Posts: 5,278member
    [quote]Originally posted by Aquatic:

    <strong>Why don't Spring Loaded Folders work in the Dock? If they did I could remove drive icons from my Desktop and be a Happy Camper.? </strong><hr></blockquote>



    this is true, i'd love to be able to get rid of my HD on the DT
  • Reply 16 of 24
    sc_marktsc_markt Posts: 1,393member
    I never hear people complaining about the top menubar. Why can't Apple set up the dock so that it works just like the menubar: Fits all the way across the screen, and is always there.



    I also hate the way it sits in the middle of the screen. It wastes screen space unless it's loaded with stuff so if fits all the way across the screen or if you have it on autohide. Of course on autohide, you then have to move the mouse over near the edge to see what's going on...
  • Reply 17 of 24
    buonrottobuonrotto Posts: 6,368member
    We should start some perpetual threads, or a fAQ for this stuff. I think most of use have restated our ideas and opinions on the Dock at least half a dozen times. In fact, I'm starting to associate particular requests and ideas with certain forum members!
  • Reply 18 of 24
    [quote]Originally posted by Paul:

    <strong>



    this is true, i'd love to be able to get rid of my HD on the DT</strong><hr></blockquote>



    Why not just uncheck Hard Disks, Removable Media, and/or Conncted Servers under Show these items on the Desktop in Finder Prefs?



    It looks like I can store my FW drive (mounted via AFP), as well as other network volumes in my dock. Clicking on one will restore the connection if I've unmounted it.



    -Rob



    edit -&gt; I forgot the meat of the original post about spring-loaded folders in the dock.. What about just keeping a finder window around? Or just pressing cmd-n to crack one open when you need to move stuff around?



    Perhaps a step out of the way, but it gets the job done...



    [ 02-07-2003: Message edited by: robMaurizi ]</p>
  • Reply 19 of 24
    i would like to have the capabilities to:

    - spring-loaded folders in the dock

    - lock the dock (as an admin user) -&gt; no moving target.

    you never know what some 1 year old little hands can do when playing with your mouse... poof, poof, poof !!!

    - close windows from right-click menu

    - hide window from right-click menu

    - show drive in the Finder icon when you right-click.

    -etc.
  • Reply 20 of 24
    cubedudecubedude Posts: 1,556member
    [quote]Originally posted by Brad:

    <strong>Amorph is right. IE is the problem here, not the Dock.



    I think *every* other browser on OSX respects the Dock properly...</strong><hr></blockquote>



    Chimera has some problems with the Dock, actually. When resizing, it respects the Dock, but I can move the entire window under the dock, and it stays, unlike some apps, that bounce out from under the docd. Of course, it could just be something wrong with my computer.
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