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Get desktop icons out from under the Dock System
If you move the Dock from the bottom to the right side of your desktop, you may find that the icons on the right side of your Desktop become partially hidden underneath the Dock. This is both ugly and makes it more difficult to click on those icons (such as your hard drive's icon). What you want to happen, of course, is for the desktop icons to move over towards the left in order to make space for the Dock.

For some reason, Finder doesn't reset the icon grid on the desktop when the Dock is moved to the side of the screen. A quick Google search on this issue revealed nothing more helpful than the suggestion to set the Dock to automatically hide. But there is an easy way to get the Finder to move the desktop icons out from under the Dock.

Click on the Desktop, select Show View Options from the View menu, and slide the Grid Spacing slider around. As soon as you do this, the grid will be reset to respect the position of the Dock, and will move your desktop icons out from underneath the Dock. You can then put the slider back into the same position you had it before, and close the View Options palette.
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Get desktop icons out from under the Dock
Authored by: Dr. T on Dec 17, '08 09:42:12AM

This trick also reveals missing icons. For example, I dragged a web page image to the desktop, but no icon appeared. The file was present when looking at Desktop contents via a Finder window. A few seconds of playing with Desktop grid spacing caused the icon to appear.



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Get desktop icons out from under the Dock
Authored by: iMacC2DGuy on Dec 17, '08 09:56:12AM

How about moving icons to show underneath Fantasktik bar? Is there a way? This hints moves icons from left to right. How about from top to bottom?



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Get desktop icons out from under the Dock
Authored by: jimk on Dec 17, '08 10:19:16AM

Is there something similar to keep the left hand side of Excel spreadsheets etc from opening under the dock when it's on the left side of the desktop ?



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Get desktop icons out from under the Dock
Authored by: Unsoluble on Dec 17, '08 11:32:00AM

I think apps are generally supposed to be aware of the Dock's position, and not place windows under it, but not all behave (not terribly surprised if the Office suite is one of these). I find the right side tends to be a better place for the Dock, as it tends to be out of the way of things 99% of the time.



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Get desktop icons out from under the Dock
Authored by: TheUsualSuspect on Dec 17, '08 11:12:14AM

Does not work for me.
bummer.



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move Desktop icons to the right
Authored by: asher on Dec 17, '08 01:07:54PM

Select all, then drag the icons to the left.
First move any icons on the left side slightly right. Click the Desktop to activate it. Command A or under Edit - Select ALL. Then just drag an icon a bit to the left. They all move. Worked like that since the first Mac. Clicking the desktop again deselects everything.



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Get desktop icons out from under the Dock
Authored by: Sesquipedalian on Dec 18, '08 11:38:51AM

I have now found a better way. After you move the Dock, just click on the desktop and select Clean Up from the View menu (or from the contextual menu that appears when you right-click on the desktop).



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Get desktop icons out from under the Dock
Authored by: Anonymous on Dec 18, '08 11:43:19AM

Erm, quite. That's what it's for. Why moving the Dock doesn't trigger a desktop clean up is beyond me. I think it used to happen on 10.2, but I can't be sure.



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