Dock and Launchpad


One of the cool features that you will immediately notice when you switch from a PC to a Mac is the Dock.

The Dock is located on the bottom of your desktop’s screen by default, although you can always change the settings in System Preference.

In System Preference, (the red highlighted icon in the screenshot), and in “personal” section on the top, you can see “Dock” with blue icon, click on it, and you can customize a lot of things about the Dock settings.

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System Preference Shortcut
Dock Icon in System Preference

Here are the settings you can change depending on your preference;

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Dock Setting

1. Size.
You can drag the modifier to the left or right, choosing between small until large icons.

2. Magnification.
By default, it’s disabled, and it’s available from Minimum to Maximum size. When you enable it, it won’t take an effect until you hover the Dock’s icons.
Once you hover one of them, you can actually see the difference, which is, magnified icon.

3. Position on screen.
As mentioned above, the position of your Dock can be modified in System Preference setting, which is in this setting. There are three options available, either on the left or bottom and right of your screen. By default, it’s set to the bottom of your screen.

4. Maximize windows using: Genie effect or scale effect. By default, it’s set to Genie effect, but then again, you can choose one of them if you prefer.

Then there are 4 additional options, which are;

a. Maximize windows into application icon – disabled by default.
When you minimize an application’s window, it’s going to be minimized in the right side of your Dock. If you tick this option on, it will change that setting, and will minimize it into the application’s icon.

b. Animate opening applications – enabled by default.
This option is to disable or enable the animation whenever you open an app.

c. Automatically hide and show the Dock – disabled by default.
There are times when you feel you need the entire of your desktop screen. And with this option, you can hide the Dock automatically whenever you don’t need it. And when you need it, you can hover on the Dock’s area, and it will show up for you.

d. Show indicator lights for open applications -enabled by default.
On the Mac, when an application is opened or running, you will see glowing effect and shadow right under the associated application icon. If you don’t like this glowing effect to show (which I doubt it), you can tick this option off to disable it.

Move to the icons location on your Dock, you can easily arrange their locations. Just drag and drop to arrange their places on your Dock.

Also, you can add any new application’s icon to it. In the video, I mentioned, that I wanted Skype to be always on the Dock, because Skype isn’t installed or added when you purchased your Mac, therefore, you have to change the setting to show Skype on your Mac’s Dock.

To do it, you can open the application (in this case Skype), and then right click on the icon, select “Option” and then choose, “Keep in Dock”.

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Keeping an App in Dock

This comes very handy when you need this app very often, and to save time, you can just click it from Dock.

Now we move on to the Launchpad


When I use Launchpad in the first days, getting used to the Mac, I remember the Windows logo icon in the very left of your screen, and when you click on it, you will actually see the icons (shortcuts icon) of all of your programs in “Program Files” folder.

When Launchpad shortcut icon is clicked, you will see almost all of your applications.

Same like in a Windows PC, you can click one of them to activate it.

On a Mac, in Launchpad screen, you can swipe your fingers, to the left or right, to navigate between its pages. The more applications you have, the more pages you will have too.

To come back to your Desktop from Launchpad screen, you can easily click anywhere on the screen, but not in the icon. This will bring you back to your desktop.

Using Dock and Launchpad Video

That’s basically about the Dock and Launchpad, if you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below, thanks!.