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Permanently disable Dock icon bouncing Desktop
Certain applications have a very annoying (to me) feature -- they bounce their Dock icons. I keep my Dock hidden, mainly because I don't use it all that much, and I find the bouncing icons quite annoying. Some programs allow you to control Dock bouncing via their preferences (iChat comes to mind), but for others, control of the bouncing is out of the users' hands.

Thanks to a simple Terminal command, however, you can permanently prevent Dock bouncing by any application. In Terminal, enter these two commands:
$ defaults write com.apple.dock no-bouncing -bool TRUE
$ killall Dock
When the Dock restarts, you won't see any icon bouncing again, ever. An ideal solution would be a per-application setting, because there may be apps for which you want a bouncing Dock icon. Lacking that, though, I'll take the no bouncing solution. To reverse this, just repeat the command, replacing TRUE with FALSE, and then kill the Dock again.

For an easier method of implementing this feature, see this hint.
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Permanently disable Dock icon bouncing
Authored by: MurphyM on Jan 05, '09 08:55:13AM

I have a friend who actually sits and works while ignoring the bouncing icon. I can ignore it too - for about three seconds.

Thanks.



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Permanently disable Dock icon bouncing
Authored by: circa86 on Jan 05, '09 12:02:13PM

or you can just open up the Dock preferences and disable "Animate opening applications"...



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Permanently disable Dock icon bouncing
Authored by: guns on Jan 05, '09 12:39:35PM

No, I think he means disabling all application nags, not just opening animations.



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Permanently disable Dock icon bouncing
Authored by: gopes on Jan 05, '09 01:34:05PM

So how do you know when an app wants your attention?



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Permanently disable Dock icon bouncing
Authored by: zzxx99rr on Jan 05, '09 05:03:53PM

What I'd really like to have is a limit to xx bounces (like 2 or 3 bounces). Some apps do this and others will bounce for hours until you acknowledge... but maybe there is no way to set this as an override for what the app specs other than zero. I don't mind a couple bounces as an alert but certainly get annoyed when I have to stop something else I'm doing to get the bouncing to stop if will continue indefinitely.



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Permanently disable Dock icon bouncing
Authored by: jiclark on Jan 06, '09 08:02:50PM

I agree.

What's interesting is that they've managed to implement this for the Downloads folder. Have you noticed that when something finishes downloading, you get the 'thunk' sound, and the Downloads folder bounces *once*.

Give us that option! ;-}



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Permanently disable Dock icon bouncing
Authored by: vincentvw on Jan 06, '09 01:45:45AM

I wanted to enable this through Secrets, ironically I walked away to get my tea and got back to the the dock icon bouncing because the preference pane had downloaded and was ready to install. The 2 seconds it took to deal with this problem outweigh the cost by far, if you ask me.



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