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Here is a simple way for you to duplicate your dock for other users. Open /Users -> your_user -> Library -> Preferences and copy com.apple.dock.plist onto your desktop. Use Get Info (Command-I) to change Ownership & Permissions -- change Owner to the desired user; you should have to Authenticate using your admin username and password. Drag com.apple.dock.plist into shared area (/Users -> Shared).

Logout and login as the desired user. Open /Users -> Shared/ and drag com.apple.dock.plist onto your desktop. Now open /Users -> new_user -> Library -> Preferences, and drag and replace the plist file from the desktop.

Logout and back in: The dock should be duplicated from the administrative user.

[robg adds: Obviously, if there's anything in the dock that's "Admin only" or in your admin user's folder, it won't work on the new account.]
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Copy the dock's contents and settings to another user
Authored by: the funkster on Sep 14, '03 06:01:17AM

Quit right, the new user will only have access to OS applications, however if you login as main user and open system prefs/accounts/ click on new user created and capabilities. Hey presto add any applications, utilities, applications on OS 9 and others. Believe me this works a treat.



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Copy the dock's contents and settings to another user
Authored by: dancinbear on Sep 14, '03 04:15:17PM
Also, if you don't want to have to log out of your admin account and in as the other account to move it, you can just type this line of code in the Terminal after you have copied the file to your desktop and changed the permissions.

sudo cp /Users/admin_username/Desktop/com.apple.dock.plist*space, not return* /Users/other_username/Library/Preferences/

After entering your password, it will overwrite the existing dock file, and when you log in next as the other user, that dock will look just like yours (except for the few exceptions that robg mentioned)

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Make new dock settings default for new users
Authored by: pøbel on Sep 15, '03 07:53:33AM

To make the new dock default for new users, copy com.apple.dock.plist into
/System/Library/User Template/no.lproj/Library/Preferences/.
Replace "no.lproj" with your language of choice.

This method can be used to change the default settings for any application.



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Copy the dock's contents and settings to another user
Authored by: ktappe on Nov 15, '13 01:54:04PM

Unfortunately this does not seem to work when migrating from 10.8 to 10.9. The Dock prefs were not honored at all by the new OS. Had to set everything up again from scratch.



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