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Authored by: Stormchild on Nov 17, '09 10:04:45PM

One thing to be aware of when restarting the Dock is that Dashboard lives in the Dock's memory space. This means every time you restart the Dock, all your Dashboard widgets are being closed down as well, and won't relaunch until you open Dashboard again. If you like your Dashboard widgets responsive and don't want to wait for them all to start up again every time you open it, I wouldn't recommend relaunching the Dock on a regular basis.

Restarting the Dock also releases any windows that were minimized. Until Snow Leopard, I wouldn't have cared, as minimizing windows to the folder/trash side of the Dock was utterly useless to me, but now that windows can optionally be minimized into their respective app's icon, I use it all the time, and regularly restarting the Dock would be pretty annoying for that reason as well.

If you don't care about either of those things, then no worries. Also, on the upside, Dashboard widgets have a lot of overhead and tend to use quite a bit of memory. Restarting the Dock is a way to reclaim that memory. Not having tons of useless widgets open works pretty well too though.

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