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I'm wondering how to get the dock to show up temporarily in full screen mode. When I place my cursor near the bottom of the screen in a full screen app, the dock doesn't pop up. Is this normal and if so, how do I switch between full screen apps without using gestures on the mouse? I'm really hoping that this is a bug.



iMac, Mac OS X (10.7), 4 GB RAM
Reply by SteHarro on Jul 21, 2011 7:40 AM Helpful

Move your cursor to the bottom edge of the screen. Once the cursor is at the very bottom, stop, then move the cursor in a downward motion again, the dock will then pop up.

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  • SteHarro Level 1 Level 1

    Move your cursor to the bottom edge of the screen. Once the cursor is at the very bottom, stop, then move the cursor in a downward motion again, the dock will then pop up.

  • macdiscuss Level 1 Level 1

    Wow that is annoying and really slow. I hope they refine that. Thanks for the helpful advixe.

  • SteHarro Level 1 Level 1

    The stop at the bottom doesn't have to be long, just make two distinct montions.

    I guess it's so that if you are using the mouse in the bottom part of a full screen app, you don't inadvertantly show the dock.

  • Bradley Olwin Level 2 Level 2

    Alternatively you can use the same principle anywhere on the screen, you do not have to scroll to the bottom.  Simply move the cursor to the screen edge where your dock is then move the cursor the same direction again. You do have to briefly pause between the two movements but you can do this anywhere the dock is located, it does not have to be at one position on the screen.  That should speed things up a bit and prevents the dock from appearing by inadvertently scrolling to the side or the bottom.


    If you can, get a Magic Trackpad, Lion navigation works very well with one of these, I think that the days of the mouse are numbered.  The numbers of gestures available with the Magic Trackpad is extensive in Lion.

  • macdiscuss Level 1 Level 1

    I don't know. I can't get it to show up consistently. I really hope that Apple refines this a little bit.

  • Bradley Olwin Level 2 Level 2

    If you just installed Lion and your Spotlight is still indexing this can take up quite a bit of CPU and may make some gestures erratic or slow.  Otherwise it should work as I stated.  Scroll all the way to the screen edge where the dock is then attempt to scroll offscreen, the dock should appear immediately.  You may also want to do a permissions repair after the Lion install, this is always a good idea.

  • Will-pro Level 1 Level 1

    SteHarro is right (the first reply on this post). It took sometime to get the hang of it but I did eventually. 

  • Fawzi Level 1 Level 1

    Oooh ! So that's why it never worked on the first stroke...

  • garyfromsydney Level 1 Level 1

    The dock shows up occassionally.  Which is weird.

  • DarthWolf Level 1 Level 1

    I love this feature, once i understood how it worked it makes life so much easier,  theres plenty i dont like about lion so far but this isnt one of them

  • nyoung11 Level 1 Level 1

    Thank you!!!  It works!  This was my only problem with Lion! 

  • rsd45 Level 1 Level 1

    Stumbled on this thread today.  I have been struggling with this issue since I installed Lion!  Thank you.  I am sure we'll get used to it.

  • Thebestplacehere Level 3 Level 3

    If you bring the cursor down the screen and stop and again go down it appears is just a security mechanish and i love it.

    Also you can click the app you want to switch to it ..

  • JasonHitherGreen Level 1 Level 1

    I was wondering about this as occasionally the dock appeared and I would rush down to access it and it would go before my eyes. Thanks for the tip, it works. However, I hope they change it, after all accessing the Dock has been a fundamental part of Mac OS X since the beginning. The everyday consumer is not going to work out how to access the dock this way and will assume they have to access dock items by going back to a non-full-app desktop/page/screen (whatever we are calling it). I think some of the things in Lion are great but others are a bit mis-conceived. Mission control is another; I want to see all my windows like in eposé, in misson control they all over lap and you cannot see what most of the windows are if you have a lot open.

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