7 Replies Latest reply: Nov 19, 2012 10:40 PM by Niku
Niku Level 2 Level 2 (285 points)

I have too many icons in my Dock, so many that I have trouble knowing what most of them are (they're just too tiny). How can I consolidate similar icons into one file?


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  • 1. Re: How to consolidate Dock icons
    LousyFool Level 4 Level 4 (2,640 points)

    You can't.

     

    Be honest, you don't need all these apps all the time. Clean up by removing the less important or seldomly used ones (drag them over the desktop, then let go).

    In Dock Preferences you can then increase the Dock size to make it workable again.

  • 2. Re: How to consolidate Dock icons
    LousyFool Level 4 Level 4 (2,640 points)

    I may add that you can drag and place the Applications folder into the Dock -> right side, near the trash bin. A right click gives you then options to configure to your liking what you see when clicking on it.

  • 3. Re: How to consolidate Dock icons
    Topher Kessler Level 6 Level 6 (9,340 points)

    You can organize the Dock somewhat by creating aliases of your applications into folders and then adding the folder to your Dock. For instance, if you have several games you like then you can create a folder called Games and add aliases to the programs in that folder. Then when you add the folder to the Dock it will appear as a stack that will open as a list, grid, or fan, that will allow you quick access to all of the contained aliases.

  • 4. Re: How to consolidate Dock icons
    LousyFool Level 4 Level 4 (2,640 points)

    Pretty cool idea - admittedly, I haven't thought of that. (Well, then I don't use that many apps on my Macs... )

  • 5. Re: How to consolidate Dock icons
    Niku Level 2 Level 2 (285 points)

    Topher Kessler wrote:

     

    You can organize the Dock somewhat by creating aliases of your applications into folders and then adding the folder to your Dock. For instance, if you have several games you like then you can create a folder called Games and add aliases to the programs in that folder. Then when you add the folder to the Dock it will appear as a stack that will open as a list, grid, or fan, that will allow you quick access to all of the contained aliases.

    This is what I was looking for, putting, say, five files into one. I'm going to bed now, but I'll be studying your ideas tomorrow. I don't know how to do everything you suggest now, but I think I'll be able to work things out. Thanks.

  • 6. Re: How to consolidate Dock icons
    Niku Level 2 Level 2 (285 points)

    LousyFool wrote:

     

    I may add that you can drag and place the Applications folder into the Dock -> right side, near the trash bin. A right click gives you then options to configure to your liking what you see when clicking on it.

    Now that's something new for me. I'll try it tomorrow to see what you mean. Sounds intriguing.

  • 7. Re: How to consolidate Dock icons
    Niku Level 2 Level 2 (285 points)

    LousyFool wrote:

     

    You can't.

     

    Be honest, you don't need all these apps all the time. Clean up by removing the less important or seldomly used ones (drag them over the desktop, then let go).

    In Dock Preferences you can then increase the Dock size to make it workable again.

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    This wouldn't work for me. I have already lost track of too many applications that I once downloaded, and sometimes paid for. In other words, if they're not in my dock, they can easily be forgotten. I need some way to prevent such losses and having them in my dock is one way to avoid losing them.