Turn on/off re­cent apps in the Dock

Ro­man Loy­ola shows how to ac­cess to re­cently-used apps

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The Dock in macOS Mo­jave has a new, very help­ful fea­ture: it now dis­plays re­cent­lyused apps. It’s handy when you’re go­ing through a phase of us­ing a par­tic­u­lar app fre­quently, but you don’t want that app to ap­pear in your reg­u­lar Dock line-up.

Re­cent apps is on by de­fault, and they ap­pear on the right side of the Dock in a sec­tion marked

off by hor­i­zon­tal white lines. In the Dock’s de­fault setup, re­cent apps ap­pear in a sec­tion be­tween the Set­tings and Down­loads icons.

The Dock shows the three re­cent apps that you’ve used; if a re­cently-used app al­ready has a home in the Dock, it doesn’t ap­pear in the re­cents sec­tion. (In case you’re won­der­ing, re­cent apps, doc­u­ments, and servers are still avail­able in  > Re­cent Items.)

If you don’t want re­cent apps to ap­pear in the Dock, here’s how to turn it off. You can use these in­struc­tions to turn it back on, too.

Turn off/on re­cent apps in the Dock

1. Open Sys­tem Pref­er­ences (Ap­ple menu > Sys­tem Pref­er­ences).

2. Click on Dock.

3. The last set­ting in the Dock pref­er­ences is a check­box for Show re­cent ap­pli­ca­tions in Dock. It’s checked by de­fault. Unchecked the box to turn it off. Check the box to turn it back on.

4. Close the pref­er­ences win­dow.

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