8 Replies Latest reply: Mar 7, 2010 11:32 AM by antraroony
antraroony Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I've read that the dock can be reset by deleting the preference file (homedirectory/library/preferences/com.apple.dock.plis), but I cannot find such a file. When I drag items off of the dock, they will not go away. I want to delete certain applications from the dock, so any help on this would be great.

Mac OS X 10.5.8
MacBook Pro

Thanks

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • William Boyd, Jr. Level 6 Level 6 (10,515 points)
    antraroony wrote:
    I've read that the dock can be reset by deleting the preference file (homedirectory/library/preferences/com.apple.dock.plis), but I cannot find such a file. When I drag items off of the dock, they will not go away. I want to delete certain applications from the dock


    Welcome to Apple's discussion groups.

    Three possible sources of confusion:
    1) "homedirectory" means your home directory. You can navigate to it by clicking on your "short user name" in the "Places" section of the "sidebar" of a Finder window.
    2) "Library" and "Preferences" start with capital letters.
    3) The file is named com.apple.doc.plist, with a "t" on the end.

    Someone else who couldn't delete items from his computer's Dock finally remembered that he'd installed a third-party utility to lock the Dock so that his kid couldn't scramble it. Could that be your case?
  • antraroony Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I do not have that file in the preferences folder or on my computer. I don't think I do, but I guess I might possibly have a third-party that is messing it up. How can I go about resolving that issue without messing other stuff up?
  • iyacyas Level 4 Level 4 (1,535 points)
    Have you tried right clicking on the apps icon in the dock and then selecting "Remove from Dock"?
  • William Boyd, Jr. Level 6 Level 6 (10,515 points)
    antraroony wrote:
    I do not have that file in the preferences folder or on my computer.


    Are you sure you're looking in the right place? What are some of the other files you see in the place you're looking? If you have the right place in a Finder window, it should say "Preferences" at the top of the window, and if you click on the small folder icon next to that while you have a "command" key held down, you should see list containing these items, from top to bottom:
    - Preferences
    - Library
    - <your short user name>
    - Users
    - <the name of your computer's boot drive>
    - <the name of your computer>

    I don't think I do, but I guess I might possibly have a third-party that is messing it up. How can I go about resolving that issue without messing other stuff up?

    It's difficult for anyone else to tell if you have third-party software on your computer. That would have been something you installed.
  • antraroony Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I do not have that option when I right click. I only have the option to Open at login, show in finder, and open.
  • antraroony Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I finally got it! Thanks so much for your help!
  • William Boyd, Jr. Level 6 Level 6 (10,515 points)
    antraroony wrote:
    I finally got it!


    Did trashing that file and restarting (or logging out and back in) solve the problem?
  • antraroony Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    That worked exactly!