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How to customize Mac’s Dock using Hexnode MDM

Dock offers you a quick way to access your favorite apps, files and folders as well as any actively running apps. With Hexnode MDM you can customize the Mac’s dock in quite a few ways to fit your preferences.

How to set up Dock preferences

  1. 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.
  2. Select macOS > Configurations > Dock. Click Configure.
Settings Description
Dock Orientation Choose to locate the Dock along the left, bottom or right edge of the screen.
Disable Dock Orientation Check this option to disable Dock orientation in the device (System Preferences > Dock > Position on screen option will be disabled).
Automatically hide and show the dock When this option is checked, the dock will be hidden when you are not using it. You can move the mouse cursor to the end of the screen to view it again.
Disable “Automatically hide and show the dock” check box Check this option to disable the Automatically hide and show the dock check box in the device (System Preferences > Dock > Automatically hide and show the dock check box will be disabled).
Minimize windows into application icon Check this option to minimize an app window to the 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 in the device (System Preferences > Dock > Magnification check box will be disabled).
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 make an icon bounce when you open an app.
Disable animate opening applications check box Check this option to disable Animate opening applications on the device (System Preferences > Dock > Animate opening applications check box will be disabled).
Minimize windows using Choose the visual effect used 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 the Minimize windows using option 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 to a device?

If the policy is not saved,

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

You can also choose to associate the policy to 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.
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