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Temporarily disable bouncing icon dock alerts System
The dock control panel lets you switch off icon bouncing, but that's only for when apps are being launched. This doesn't change the fact that they still jump up and down if the app wants to attract attention using the notification manager (which replaces the OS 9 flashing icon in the manu bar).

However, if you quit the dock (for example using the process manager or the terminal), this functionality is lost. Icons will no longer jump up, until the next logout.

So if some badly written app is trying to get your attention every few seconds (to let you know a server is down, or for whatever other reason), restart the dock by quitting it, and the bouncing icons will stop.

[Editor's note: I haven't tested this myself yet, but I certainly will the next time I get a "Can't connect" error in Mail.app!]
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dock detox
Authored by: dewme5 on May 19, '02 11:10:24AM

There is a program called 'dock detox' that takes care of the problem.



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Quit the Dock
Authored by: JB Cheong on May 19, '02 09:51:02PM

How do we quit the dock, and subsequently turn it back on?



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process
Authored by: SeanAhern on May 21, '02 01:52:37PM

Just "kill -9" the process ID. It will restart automatically.



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process
Authored by: eno on May 22, '02 08:39:29AM

No need for a "kill -9". A "kill -HUP" will do. No point in bringing out the big guns for a little job.



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Quit the Dock
Authored by: Stereo on May 21, '02 11:53:43PM

In Terminal.app:

ps ax | grep /System/Library/CoreServices/Dock.app/Contents/MacOS/Dock | grep -v grep | awk '{print $1}' | xargs kill -1



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Quit the Dock
Authored by: Gwenhiver on May 23, '02 02:49:22AM

Or a nice AppleScript made with Script Editor :

tell application "Dock" to quit



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