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How to customize Mac’s Dock

Dock on the Mac provides a convenient way to access frequently used apps, folders, and features like Launchpad, Siri and Bin – well organized together beside the device screen. With Hexnode, you can quickly customize the look and feel of the dock and how the applications appear on it using macOS dock preferences.

How to set up Dock preferences

  1. Login to the Hexnode MDM portal.
  2. Go to Policies > New Policy. Assign a suitable name and description (optional) for the policy. Alternatively, you can choose to continue with an existing policy.
  3. Select macOS > Configurations > Dock. Click Configure.
Settings Description
Dock Orientation Choose where the dock is to be positioned along the screen – left, bottom or right edge.
Disable Dock Orientation Check this option to disable Position on screen setting on the device (System Preferences > Dock > Position on screen). This prevents users from moving the dock position when they want to.
Automatically hide and show the dock When this option is checked, the dock will be hidden while you are working on the device. To view/access the dock, users will have to move the mouse cursor to the screen edge (left, right or bottom) where the dock is positioned actually.
Disable “Automatically hide and show the dock” check box Check this option to disable Automatically hide and show the dock check box on the device (System Preferences > Dock > Automatically hide and show the dock).
Minimize windows into application icon Check this option to minimize an application window to the corresponding app icon in the dock. Otherwise, the window is minimized to an area in the dock.
Enable Magnification This option allows you to magnify app icons when you hover over them. This could be useful if your dock is cluttered with a number of icons. Use the magnification slider (System Preferences > Dock > Magnification) to change the magnification size.
Set size for magnification Set the magnification size here. Choose the size by moving this slider.
Disable magnification check box Check this option to disable Magnification checkbox on the device (System Preferences > Dock > Magnification).
Disable Magnification slider Check this option to disable Magnification slider on the device (System Preferences > Dock > Magnification slider will be disabled).
Show indicators for open applications When this option is checked, a small black dot is shown under the icon of opened apps.
Animate opening applications Check this option to animate opening applications from the dock.
Disable animate opening applications check box Check this option to disable Animate opening applications checkbox on the device (System Preferences > Dock > Animate opening applications check box will be disabled).
Minimize windows using Choose the visual effect to be used on the dock when you minimize a window. You can choose either Genie effect or Scale effect. The system uses Genie effect by default.
Disable “Minimize windows using:” check box Check this option to disable Minimize windows using setting on the device (System Preferences > Dock > Minimize windows using: option will be disabled).
Dock Size Set the size of the dock from here. You can move the slider to set the size.
Disable Dock Size Slider Check this option to disable the dock Size slider on the device (System Preferences > Dock > Size slider will be disabled)

How to associate the policy with a device?

If the policy is not saved,

  1. Go to Policy Targets > +Add Devices.
  2. Select the device with which the policy is to be associated. Click Ok.
  3. Save the policy.

You can also choose to associate the policy with device groups, users, user groups or domains.

If the policy is already saved,

  1. Check the required policy from the Policies tab.
  2. Click on Manage > Associate Targets.
  3. Select the device and click Associate.

As the policy gets associated, system preferences for the dock changes accordingly on the target devices.