Currently Being ModeratedAug 4, 2012 4:48 AM (in response to duteberta)
Here's an alternative suggestion:
menu > System Preferences... > Dock > Check "Automatically hide and show the Dock".
You can also remove unused app icons from the Dock by simply dragging them off it. The apps will still remain in your Applications folder.
Clutter can be reduced further by also checking "Minimize windows into application icon" in Dock's preferences.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 4, 2012 5:12 AM (in response to duteberta)
You can't place the Dock icons up there, but you could hide the dock with 'option-command-D' and use something like Devontechnologies free app 'Xmenu' to access apps and folders from the menu bar:
Also, remember that you can launch apps quickly from Spotlight just by typing the first few letters of the App name. Use the keyboard shortcut to open Spotlight's window (probably 'option-spacebar' but you can set it to what you want in > System Preferences.. Spotlight).
Currently Being ModeratedAug 4, 2012 6:01 AM (in response to softwater)
An alternative to Softwater's suggestion, instead of XMenu, would be the excellent Classic Menu. Quote:
Classic Menu brings the functionality of the Classic Mac OS apple menu back to Mac OS X. It displays the files and folders in the Classic Menu Items folder and allows up to 10 levels of hierarchical menus for folder contents.
The menu items can also be grouped and ordered, together with separators.
The standard OS X apple menu remains accessible, either by clicking in a user-specified area of the apple icon or holding down a customizable modifier key.
Classic Menu is here
It's a fairly ancient (= tried, tested, and reliable) tweak that doesn't hack your system and runs fine in Mountain Lion. It saves me thousands of clicks and drags, because to find any file or folder on your system you simply navigate through the hierarchical menus. This is important to me because I tend to suffer from RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) caused by excessive mouse clicking and/or wrist movements.
Oh and did I mention that your filenames can be as long as you like and you'll always be able to see the whole filename without needing to change the width of a column?
The big advantage of Classic Menu is that it puts the menu where it should be - at top left, not top right. This makes it much easier to use.
BTW I do not work for the makers of Classic Menu !
I don't use the Dock at all, except as a way of seeing which applications are running (because you can also use Classic Menu to access your applications folder). I keep the dock really small and out of the way.