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antdude Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

Hi!

 

Once in a while, my client and I accidently drag an icon while clicking on it to make it go away. Is there a way to lock these dock icons so they won't move and vanish? Yes, our hands aren't steady since we're old.

 

Thank you in advance.


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8), 2.4 Ghz; A1260 model; 15" size.
  • 1. Re: Lock Mac OS X 10.5.8's dock icons?
    Niel Level 10 Level 10 (242,055 points)

    Open the Terminal in the /Applications/Utilities/ folder and run:

     

    defaults write com.apple.dock contents-immutable -bool true;killall Dock

     

    (65547)

  • 2. Re: Lock Mac OS X 10.5.8's dock icons?
    antdude Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Niel wrote:

     

    Open the Terminal in the /Applications/Utilities/ folder and run:

     

    defaults write com.apple.dock contents-immutable -bool true;killall Dock

     

    (65547)

    Is there a GUI method for my client to use? He's not a computer literate.

  • 3. Re: Lock Mac OS X 10.5.8's dock icons?
    John Galt Level 8 Level 8 (36,390 points)

    Use the somewhat unfortunately named "Parental Controls".

     

    In System Preferences > Users & Groups, authenticate, select the account, un-check "Allow user to administer this computer" and check "Enable Parental Controls":

     

    Screen Shot 2012-04-11 at 10.59.54 PM.png

     

    Open Parental Controls and make sure "Allow User to Modify the Dock" is not selected:

     

    Screen Shot 2012-04-11 at 10.57.32 PM.png

  • 4. Re: Lock Mac OS X 10.5.8's dock icons?
    BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (116,475 points)

    Maybe do a Get Info on this file & Lock it...

     

    /Users/YourUserName/Library/Preferences/com.apple.dock.plist

  • 5. Re: Lock Mac OS X 10.5.8's dock icons?
    antdude Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    John Galt wrote:

     

    Use the somewhat unfortunately named "Parental Controls".

     

    In System Preferences > Users & Groups, authenticate, select the account, un-check "Allow user to administer this computer" and check "Enable Parental Controls":

     

    Screen Shot 2012-04-11 at 10.59.54 PM.png

     

    Open Parental Controls and make sure "Allow User to Modify the Dock" is not selected:

     

     

    Screen Shot 2012-04-11 at 10.57.32 PM.png

    Perfect for non-administrator accounts, but it didn't give me options for administrator level accounts.

  • 6. Re: Lock Mac OS X 10.5.8's dock icons?
    John Galt Level 8 Level 8 (36,390 points)

    No, but a Standard (or Managed) account is not a bad idea for routine use as it provides one more safeguard against unintentional system changes.

     

    Even in a Standard account, if you need to do something requiring Admin privileges, you simply have to authenticate with an Admin name and password. No capability is lost.

  • 7. Re: Lock Mac OS X 10.5.8's dock icons?
    antdude Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    antdude wrote:

     

    John Galt wrote:

     

    Use the somewhat unfortunately named "Parental Controls".

     

    In System Preferences > Users & Groups, authenticate, select the account, un-check "Allow user to administer this computer" and check "Enable Parental Controls":

     

    Screen Shot 2012-04-11 at 10.59.54 PM.png

     

    Open Parental Controls and make sure "Allow User to Modify the Dock" is not selected:

     

     

    Screen Shot 2012-04-11 at 10.57.32 PM.png

    Perfect for non-administrator accounts, but it didn't give me options for administrator level accounts.

    Weird. Web browsers' secured web sites did not work like https://gmail.com, https://webmail.earthlink.net, https://google.com, etc. I don't see how that is related to Parental Controls' changes for dock modification?

  • 8. Re: Lock Mac OS X 10.5.8's dock icons?
    BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (116,475 points)

    Well known bug or maybe not, but  https:// does not work in managed acounts,

  • 9. Re: Lock Mac OS X 10.5.8's dock icons?
    antdude Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    BDAqua wrote:

     

    Well known bug or maybe not, but  https:// does not work in managed acounts,

    Are you serious? What the heck? Why hasn't Apple fixed this? OK, I guess I can't use Parental Controls method just to change the dock modification! FYI, undoing this makes the standard account's access to https:// work again.

  • 10. Re: Lock Mac OS X 10.5.8's dock icons?
    BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (116,475 points)

    Can you clarify the steps to enable https:// in a managed account, & what OSX version you're using?

     

    I think this is a first!

  • 11. Re: Lock Mac OS X 10.5.8's dock icons?
    antdude Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    BDAqua wrote:

     

    Can you clarify the steps to enable https:// in a managed account, & what OSX version you're using?

     

    I think this is a first!

    Huh? I never got https web connections to work under stadnard account with Parental Controls' disabled dock modifications. I had to undo the changes.

  • 12. Re: Lock Mac OS X 10.5.8's dock icons?
    BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (116,475 points)

    Thanks.

  • 13. Re: Lock Mac OS X 10.5.8's dock icons?
    antdude Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    BDAqua wrote:

     

    Well known bug or maybe not, but  https:// does not work in managed acounts,

    I tried Mac OS X 10.7.3 on a Mac Mini and I was able to reproduce it. At least Safari told me that https connections is blocked by design and that I could whitelist the specific secured web site. Too bad there's no way to allow ALL secured web sites in both versions.

  • 14. Re: Lock Mac OS X 10.5.8's dock icons?
    BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (116,475 points)

    Agreed, sometimes I think Apple makes their money by never fixing anything in an older OS, then sell you a new one with that fix, but 42 more bugs features to be fixed in later OSes.

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