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unhide/hide key combo
Authored by: capacity on Apr 28, '11 08:16:50AM

Why not just use the unhide/hide dock key combination cmd-opt-d? For the purposes of this hint it's functionally the same as "move focus to the dock", it's a much easier key combo than ctrl-F3, and you don't have to re-assign a function key on a laptop (or use the fn key).



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unhide/hide key combo
Authored by: canisbos on Apr 28, '11 10:06:23AM

Because Command-Option-D will permanently unhide the Dock, and you will have to press it again to re-hide the Dock after the drag operation. Whereas using a keyboard shortcut to focus the Dock will only unhide it until you finish the drag operation.



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unhide/hide key combo
Authored by: capacity on Apr 28, '11 09:38:47PM

I find that when using your focus method, the dock doesn't automatically hide after dropping a file into a dock folder or into the right-side storage area and instead stays up until I click elsewhere (i.e., move focus elsewhere). It does, however, hide when dropping an icon on an application (because focus gets moved).

Anyway, I don't really use the dock (I use Quicksilver), but I just wanted to mention an alternative option.



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unhide/hide key combo
Authored by: canisbos on Apr 28, '11 10:28:08AM
By the way, I would argue that for people who prefer to keep their Dock hidden most of the time, it's almost always better to focus the Dock instead of unhiding it. If you find Cmd-Opt-D easy to press, I would assign it to the "Move focus to the Dock" action instead of "Turn Dock Hiding On/Off".

There are at least two nice benefits of focusing, rather than unhiding, the Dock. One: After you're done using the Dock, it goes back into hiding automatically. Two: Once the Dock is in focus, you can use the keyboard to select and act upon items in the Dock. For example, you can quickly activate a specific application by typing the first few letters of its name to select it and then pressing Enter. Another example: After selecting an item, press the up arrow key to activate Dock Exposť with the selected item in focus.

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