How to Change the Dock Size and Location on Your Mac - dummies

How to Change the Dock Size and Location on Your Mac

By Mark L. Chambers

You can change the size of the Dock directly from the Mac Desktop! Increasing the Dock’s size can make it easier to see, and decreasing its size can make room for viewing other items onscreen. Follow these steps to change the size of the Dock:

  1. Click the System Preferences icon on the Dock (which carries a gear symbol).
  2. Click the Dock icon in the System Preferences window.
  3. Click and drag the Size slider to reduce or enlarge the Dock.

You can also set Dock icons to grow larger whenever you hover your cursor over the Dock. The magnification feature can make the Dock icons easier to see. When magnification is turned on, the icons in the Dock grow really big. Check out the somewhat-oversize icons.

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Follow these steps to change the magnification settings:

  1. Click the System Preferences icon on the Dock.
  2. Click the Dock icon in the System Preferences window.
  3. Click the Magnification check box to toggle icon magnification on and off.
  4. If you want to adjust the amount of magnification, you’re in luck. Drag the Magnification slider to the right to increase the size of the magnified icons.
  5. While you’re here, you can adjust the hiding feature or the location of the Dock. Here’s how these options work:
    • Hiding: Click the Automatically Hide and Show the Dock check box to toggle the automatic hiding of the Dock. With hiding on, the Dock disappears off the edge of the screen until you move the cursor to that edge. (This feature is helpful if you want to make use of as much Desktop territory as possible for your applications.)

    • Position: Click one of three choices (Position on Screen Left, Bottom, or Right) to make the Dock appear on the left, bottom, or right of the screen, respectively.