Cus­tomise your Dock

Use cDock to give your Dock a new theme and to add time-sav­ing fea­tures

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The Dock has been a main­stay of OS X since the start: it’s a place to stash reg­u­larly-used apps and doc­u­ments and to eas­ily see what’s run­ning on your Mac.

From a visual stand­point, how­ever, the Dock has seen big changes over the years. Ini­tially, it was a semi-trans­par­ent white rec­tan­gle with sub­tle pin­stripes, which were erad­i­cated as of OS X 10.2 Jaguar, while in OS X 10.5 Leopard, the Dock turned into a 3D glass ‘shelf’ when at the bot­tom of the screen, which grad­u­ally got frosted as the op­er­at­ing sys­tem was up­graded fur­ther. In OS X 10.10 Yosemite, we’ve almost come full cir­cle, with the Dock re­vert­ing to a sim­pler semi­trans­par­ent rec­tan­gle re­gard­less of where it’s po­si­tioned.

If you’re not thrilled about the Dock’s new togs, you can use the free cDock (source­forge.net/ projects/cdock) to make a num­ber of stylis­tic changes. Ad­di­tion­ally, the app is ca­pa­ble of up­dat­ing a num­ber of other as­pects of the Dock, in­clud­ing the ad­di­tion of spac­ers, cre­at­ing a ‘re­cent items’ folder and dim­ming hid­den apps. Note that on first launch­ing cDock, you may get a se­cu­rity warn­ing; if so, open Sys­tem Pref­er­ences, go to Se­cu­rity & Pri­vacy > Gen­eral and click Open Any­way. Craig Gran­nell

If you don’t like the Dock’s new togs, you can use cDock to make some stylis­tic changes

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