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A simple poll on a topic that usually stirs much opinion -- vote here and tell us whether your Dock is visible or hidden, and which side of the screen you keep it on...

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New poll posted - where's your Dock?
Authored by: mgalke on Mar 16, '06 07:46:30AM

Visible, on left side, no magnification, as small as it gets.
The bottom, it's too easy for me to continue to hit with cursor, the right side is where all the icons are by default (also easy to hit with cursor), but left side has proven to be the most out of the way I have tried so far.

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New poll posted - where's your Dock?
Authored by: ryebrye on Mar 16, '06 07:49:21AM

It also would be interesting to know if people had their "magnification" turned on... I have my dock set on the smallest setting - with magnification turned off and no autohide... but then again I have 60+ items on my doc and run my monitor at 1920x1200...



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Bottom is least worst (on largish screens)
Authored by: DotDotComma on Mar 16, '06 07:59:36AM

Tried all positions, but tend to use the bottom ... because:
(a) currently using teleport to slide one mouse across three Macs and it tended to whip things off the dock on the edge as cursor passed
(b) left side interferes with toolboxes in Photoshop and many other progs
(c) right side interferes with documents dropped/saved on desktop.

But when the Dock becomes voice activated, that'll be better ... ;o)



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Bottom is least worst (on largish screens)
Authored by: kainewynd2 on Mar 16, '06 08:24:51AM

I most say... I've never seen an app that allows the mouse to transfer over multiple machines.

Please enlighten me with a link or some other documentation!



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How to have more Macs than mice...
Authored by: DotDotComma on Mar 16, '06 09:33:54AM
Teleport from abyssoft is the one that works best for me (and responsive developers too) ... though there are other packages around .... Does a reply to an off-topic request count as on-topic? ;o)

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How to have more Macs than mice...
Authored by: pnp_pc on Mar 17, '06 11:05:54AM

Does anyone know of a program that will perform this function between mac and pc?


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Plug-n-Play Technology Consultants
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Bottom is least worst (on largish screens)
Authored by: ash7 on Mar 16, '06 09:02:23AM

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist SYSTEM "file://localhost/System/Library/DTDs/PropertyList.dtd">
<plist version="0.9">
<dict>
	<key>DefaultCommandName</key>
	<string>Hide Dock</string>
	<key>semanticCategory</key>
	<string>globalToggleDock</string>
	<key>alternativeSpokenFeedback</key>
	<string>Toggling Dock.</string>
	<key>alternativeFeedback</key>
	<string>...toggling dock</string>
	<key>KeyPressArray</key>
	<array>
		<dict>
			<key>CommandKeyDown</key>
			<false/>
			<key>ControlKeyDown</key>
			<false/>
			<key>OptionKeyDown</key>
			<true/>
			<key>ShiftKeyDown</key>
			<false/>
			<key>VirtualKeyCode</key>
			<integer>D</integer>
		</dict>
	</array>
</dict>
</plist> 
"Computer, hide dock"

Don't wish for something, make a speakable item for it!

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Talk to the Dock...
Authored by: DotDotComma on Mar 16, '06 09:57:01AM

*sigh*

Why is everyone cleverer than me?

I'm sure I used to be able to make items speakable - my son used to have to recite a poem to play games on my powerbook - but I cannot get my head around what I do with that smart-looking script/plist to do the job? And will it toggle the Dock on and off?

;o)



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New poll posted - where's your Dock?
Authored by: benjamieson on Mar 16, '06 08:10:15AM

Bottom Right Hidden,

Though I use Spotlight more and more as my app launcher....

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Running a Windows Free business since 1992



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New poll posted - where's your Dock?
Authored by: ework on Mar 16, '06 11:14:25AM

Same here for both statements.



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New poll posted - where's your Dock?
Authored by: solipsism on Mar 16, '06 02:05:37PM

I don't understand how it can be both bottom and right. Could someone please elaborate?



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New poll posted - where's your Dock?
Authored by: jacobolus on Mar 17, '06 12:41:55AM

You can set the "pinning" to "end" if the dock is on the bottom. do a google search for OS X dock pinning



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New poll posted - where's your Dock?
Authored by: robg on Mar 17, '06 06:42:35AM
Or skip all that, and just read this hint.

-rob.

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Left Side-> Apple Menu Nostalgia
Authored by: umijin on Mar 16, '06 08:17:29AM

I put my dock on the left side, as it sort of serves the purpose that the old Apple Menu did in OS9 and earlier. I just got used to having useful stuff there, and I ain't gonna change it.

However, I find my self using QUICKSILVER to launch apps- more and more these days. It's much more elegant than Spotlight.



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New poll posted - where's your Dock?
Authored by: Baggins on Mar 16, '06 08:46:24AM

Top, hidden, smallest size. I use Drag thing with a dock on the bottom, hidden, to serve as the right-half of the dock (holds files and folders) and a Drag Thing dock on the left, hidden, to replace the left half of the dock (running apps and app shortcuts).

I use FruitMenu to modify the Apple menu to be my app and document launcher.



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New poll posted - where's your Dock?
Authored by: druggedonions on Mar 17, '06 05:32:17AM

Pretty much the same for me, except I have a running processes dock in the top left of my screen to the right of the HD icons similar to what you could do in OS 9. And a dock in the bottom left with ~folders and drag-to applications that I use alot. I use Quicksilver to launch apps.



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more than one dock?
Authored by: asher on Mar 16, '06 08:55:04AM

I have more than one Mac, and more than one user. While I normal keep the dock on the bottom, hidden with mag, on other Macs or as another user I have it in different places, sometimes hidden or not, and of different sizes. So I think it depends on for what one uses the computer as well as past habits.



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New poll posted - where's your Dock?
Authored by: capitalj on Mar 16, '06 09:02:37AM

Bottom, hidden, with magnification. There are only a handful of icons because I use Butler and Spotlight for most navigation.



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New poll posted - where's your Dock?
Authored by: alexdagrate on Mar 16, '06 09:07:56AM

Bottom, no magnification, rather large size. I don't hide them because I can move to them faster and plus I am a Fruit-lover and customize my icons!

Quicksilver is hawt and will be even better once its built into OS X.



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Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Authored by: m5comp on Mar 16, '06 09:14:15AM

I keep mine hidden on the left side of my screen; I use a tabbed DragThing dock at the bottom of my screen 99% of the time. If there were a "safe" way to get rid of the Dock, I would.



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Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Authored by: danemcg on Mar 17, '06 08:20:57AM

Yes! DragThing is what the Dock should have been. Lumping all "things" (applications, websites, documents, folders, processes) into one interface is ridiculous.

BTW, if you want to almost get rid of your dock, open the Pref file com.apple.dock.plist and change the tilesize value to two-- the individual Apple dock icons will become 2x2 pixels in size, effectively disappearing your dock. (for some reason, doing 1x1 generated unstable results for me, hence using 2x2).



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New poll posted - where's your Dock?
Authored by: aaronrp on Mar 16, '06 09:48:53AM

I keep the Dock visible on the bottom right, using the following defaults command:

defaults write com.apple.dock pinning end

I think I found this here, originally. It's easier to enter one command in Terminal than to download and install Tinkertool...

I don't find the Dock as irritating as others apparently do, but it's certainly not all it could be. Using custom icons for folders containing sub-items, and a two-button mouse to right-click on them, makes it easier. I like using as few haxies and special software gizmos as possible, since I have to use several different machines.



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New poll posted - where's your Dock?
Authored by: billbarstad on Mar 16, '06 10:20:44AM

I keep it hidden at the lower rignt. I rarely use it; haven't for years.



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On the right -- to mimic OS 9, 8, 7
Authored by: tonyc on Mar 16, '06 10:23:25AM

Here's my rationale: If you set the Finder icon in the Dock to open to your Home folder, it's showing you essentially the same thing you'd see if you double-clicked on your hard drive icon in previous versions of the OS. So I put the Dock on the right, and it stretches the entire length of that side of the screen. So my Finder icon is top right, just like the hard drive icon was in pre-X days, and my Trash icon is bottom right, just like in pre-X days. Also, in pre-X days, I kept my Applications and Documents folders over there on the right, as well as icons for all of my most commonly used applications -- e-mail, web browser, word processor. I've put all those same folders and apps in the Dock. (I use LaunchBar to launch all other apps.)

So for me, just from a mouse-navigation standpoint, putting the Dock on the right made the most sense in terms of making the move from 9 to X as seamless as possible. But I never used the Apple Menu to launch apps the way many other folks did, so I can see why having apps on the right is not desirable for everyone. I also understand why others might not put the Dock on the right because it sometimes interferes with palettes, and there's also that irritation of having new icons on the desktop show up sort of underneath the Dock. But I've learned to live with that.



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New poll posted - where's your Dock?
Authored by: stephenpen543 on Mar 16, '06 10:33:29AM

Mine in on the bottom and visible. Just wondering what is pinning and how do you do it?

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I ain't what I should be
I ain't what I will be
But I ain't what I was



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Left monitor, off the Menubar's screen
Authored by: tbuddy on Mar 16, '06 11:42:28AM

I detested having the dock taking up my main monitor's real estate. Visible and on the alternate monitor is just delightful to me, pinned to the very left as to not get in the way of anything. Hiding and zooming dock's have never thrilled me in the least, unless I am trying to show off to someone who has never seen a mac with some marginally useful eye candy, much like exposť and the dashboard.



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New poll posted - where's your Dock?
Authored by: jcanepa on Mar 16, '06 01:15:41PM

On the left, visible, with placement set to start (thanks Cocktail).



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Right, pinned to top
Authored by: ekc on Mar 16, '06 01:24:21PM

My reasoning goes like this. Most monitors (especially the newer ones from Apple) are much wider than they are tall, so you have more room for a dock over to the side than at the bottom.

Pinning to the top is good because I know anything I have installed in the dock will never budge by a single pixel. Muscle memory alone can get me where I need to go a lot of the time. If I place it in the middle or at the bottom, the icons keep sliding up and down as the dock grows or shrinks, and I hate moving targets.

Right versus left is mostly a bow to tradition. I am used to switching apps from the top right like in OS 9. I keep the dock visible but small enough to stay out of the way of hard drive icons and such. I don't use magnification (again, due to the moving targets).



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New poll posted - where's your Dock?
Authored by: GenesysX on Mar 16, '06 01:29:26PM
On a normal 4:3 display I keep it on the bottom, but on a wide-screen display i keep it on the right. I have very few items on the desktop, and the right side never interferes with appz. In both instances I have it set to smallest size, and showing all times. no magnification. No more than 20 icons on there, and these are only there for drag & drop purposes. For all launching I use Launchbar.

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New poll posted - where's your Dock?
Authored by: fud on Mar 16, '06 01:36:20PM

Top left, pinned under the Apple in the menubar.

Small unscaled icons [option drag the divider]. No Mag, No Hiding.

Top icon under Finder is Activity Monitor with dock icon set to show cpu history w/5 sec updates.

Dock used only for primary apps and a couple folders like Home, Desktop, etc., 25 icons [otherwise use Launchbar].



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New poll posted - where's your Dock?
Authored by: n1mie on Mar 16, '06 01:39:30PM

I keep mine on the right. Here's the logic: I have a powerbook (17"), which has a wide screen format. I have a lot more room in the width than I have in the height of the screen. So that explains why not the bottom (or top?). I chose the right because it just felt natural to me, and it stuck. The other upside is that the trash is in a 'normal' location. One downside is the overlap with the drive icons, but it is minimal.

And I DO use my dock fairly heavily. It is great for drag-n-drop to an app (open or otherwise). It is also great for launching an app that you use frequently. When I find I need to mine for an app frequently it gets added to the dock. There are a couple that I launch via QuickKeys, but only a couple.

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Different setups
Authored by: morrick on Mar 16, '06 02:24:33PM

I have two very different Dock setups in my two PowerBooks.

- In my PowerBook G4 12" Al. it's on the bottom, visible, small icons (but not at the smallest end of the scale), with applications roughly grouped by type. This PowerBook is often connected to an external 17" monitor, so I have enough desktop space. In any case the Dock's presence never really bothered me.

- In my old PowerBook G4 15" Titanium, the Dock is on the right, visible, icons at the smallest size possible, and only running applications are visible. This way, the Dock always remains very tiny and unobtrusive (the only permanent icons are the Finder, Dashboard and the Trash).

Regards,
R.



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New poll posted - where's your Dock?
Authored by: ferret-slayer on Mar 16, '06 02:52:15PM

Bottom, hidden.

The bottom has more space for my large dock than the side, and the hidden feature keeps it from taking up real estate when not in use. It's also easier for me to scan icons from left-to-right than top-to-bottom (legacy of western/latin writing style).



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Left, small, minimal maginifcation
Authored by: acaltabiano on Mar 16, '06 05:06:20PM

Left, and I have debated the merits of EACH spot and hiding.

Reasoning: On the right, it covers the stuff saved to the desktop (I'd gladly put it over there, if when you did OS X put stuff saved to desktop on the LEFT!). The bottom is nice because then I can hide my itunes remote in the open space and nothing covers it, it doesn't cover anything else, and it makes good use of real estate. But alas, most of the things us humans work with (save for HD video content) is portrait, and putting the dock on the bottom makes those documents LESS visible, with more scrolling necessary. Now, turning on hiding nixes both these issues, but THEN I can't use my mail icon to QUICKLY see if I have new mail. Yes, I use the dock as a status monitor....

So, left is most out of the way, as nothing intrudes over there. I can set it to a small size (but not unbearable) so it's not eating up too much space, and with just a tad magnification so I can put things in and out of the dock a little easier/read the status symbols a little better.

So with it on the left side, my documents all fit on the height (PB 17"), minimal scrolling in webpages, and I can STILL fit two documents side by side with relative ease. All this, and I can also still use the dock as a status monitor (activity monitor, mail messages, etc etc)

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Bottom, Center, Hidden
Authored by: GeneralAntilles on Mar 16, '06 05:13:52PM

Quicksilver is how I access both closed and OPENED applications. If I want to switch to Shiira? Just press ?-Space and type "web", or for iTunes? Press ?-Space and type "it". Easy as can be and non-relative, so I get to the application I want the same way everytime.

I keep my Dock at the bottom, centered, and hidden so I can use it for dragging files onto specific appliciations. I would put it on the right put then I would need to scroll through 2624 other pixels across two displays to get to it, so on the bottom it stays.

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Bottom, Center, Hidden
Authored by: ornette14 on Mar 16, '06 09:49:09PM

Left, because I'm left handed.



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Top right, because...
Authored by: jpkang on Mar 17, '06 09:02:41AM
I miss the NeXTStep dock... sigh.

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New poll posted - where's your Dock?
Authored by: robdandrea on Mar 19, '06 06:42:53AM

Using an app named Butler, I have keyboard shortcuts for nearly everything. I don't use the dock at all anymore.



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New poll posted - where's your Dock?
Authored by: spyinnzus on Mar 20, '06 06:19:19PM

Bottom, unhidden, with Cleardock making the background transparent. Fairly large icons with a small magnification going on.
I also have every app icon (ie everything but Finder and Trash) a custom icon.



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