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I have connected on to my MacBook Pro Retina (Model Identifier: MacBookPro10,1) two monitors. A Thunderbolt Display connected to the Thunderbolt port (next to power connector), a HP LCD Monitor w2408h connected to the Thunderbolt port (next to USB) with a DisplayPort to DVI adapter (using DVI/HDMI cable) .


Display Arrangement is MacBook Retina (left), Thunderbolt Display (middle), and HP LCD (right). The main menu bar is on the middle monitor, which puts the Dock in the middle.


My Dock keeps moving randomly to any of the 3 monitors. It supposed to be in the middle.

MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X Mavericks (10.9), Model ID: MacBookPro10,1

Posted on Nov 5, 2013 5:47 AM

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Nov 18, 2013 10:39 AM in response to Felix Hernandez In response to Felix Hernandez

Hey guys,


So apparently, this is an actual feature and not a bug. Its been ******* me off as well as I use 3 monitors, but I read on a different forum how to actually make it appear on a different monitor and all you have to do is actually move your mouse to the center of the screen, and move it all the way down as if you're trying to drive into the bottom of the screen. you'll see it appears on any monitor you do this to (clearly being a feature). I think its stupid and would love to have the option to disable this without losing my separate spaces for each monitor, but I guess this is the Apple way. What can ya do?


Hope this helps.

Nov 18, 2013 10:39 AM

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Nov 21, 2013 7:49 AM in response to Felix Hernandez In response to Felix Hernandez

Well, I've just figured out why it does it. If you move the mouse to another window and pull it down to very bottom of the screen and hold it there, the dock moves over. To move it back, move the mouse pointer to the screen you want it on and hold the pointer at the very bottom of the screen.

Nov 21, 2013 7:49 AM

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Nov 5, 2013 5:54 AM in response to Felix Hernandez In response to Felix Hernandez

This is a feature of the way Mavericks handles multiple displays. As you move your mouse and focus to different displays, the system menu bar and Dock will appear on that display. To prevent this, go to the Mission Control system preferences and uncheck the "Displays have separate spaces" option.

Nov 5, 2013 5:54 AM

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Nov 5, 2013 7:43 AM in response to Topher Kessler In response to Topher Kessler

The dock does not move to different monitors when I change focus. The menu bar is on all 3 monitors and the menu gets focus and changes to which ever app it has focus on, but the Dock always stays in the middle monitor. Every once in while the dock will move to a different monitor.


I checked Mission Control and Display have separate Spaces is checked.


I am leaving it checked, since I like the menu bar on all 3 monitors.


The dock should just stay in the middle monitor, so far for the past 2 and half hours the dock is in the middle monitor and I have switched focus to all 3 monitors. Currently I am on my MacBook Pro Retina Display (left monitor) and dock is still in the middle.

Nov 5, 2013 7:43 AM

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Nov 5, 2013 5:54 AM in response to Felix Hernandez In response to Felix Hernandez

This is a feature of the way Mavericks handles multiple displays. As you move your mouse and focus to different displays, the system menu bar and Dock will appear on that display. To prevent this, go to the Mission Control system preferences and uncheck the "Displays have separate spaces" option.

Nov 5, 2013 5:54 AM

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Nov 5, 2013 7:43 AM in response to Topher Kessler In response to Topher Kessler

The dock does not move to different monitors when I change focus. The menu bar is on all 3 monitors and the menu gets focus and changes to which ever app it has focus on, but the Dock always stays in the middle monitor. Every once in while the dock will move to a different monitor.


I checked Mission Control and Display have separate Spaces is checked.


I am leaving it checked, since I like the menu bar on all 3 monitors.


The dock should just stay in the middle monitor, so far for the past 2 and half hours the dock is in the middle monitor and I have switched focus to all 3 monitors. Currently I am on my MacBook Pro Retina Display (left monitor) and dock is still in the middle.

Nov 5, 2013 7:43 AM

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Nov 10, 2013 9:30 AM in response to Felix Hernandez In response to Felix Hernandez

I have the same setup and the same problem. I agree that it is not related to focus and is almost certainly a bug - it happens randomly, and I can get the dock back to its original location by right-clicking the dock, and setting the position to another value and back again to the original value. (I.e. I don't really change anything, yet the dock jumps back to its original location).

Nov 10, 2013 9:30 AM

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Nov 14, 2013 6:29 AM in response to BoaNeo In response to BoaNeo

BoaNeo,


Thanks for the workaround to this bug. I Right-Click and reselected Bottom (already checked) in "Position on Screen" menu and it moved the dock from being on the bottom of the right monitor back to the bottom of the center monitor.


Apple needs to fix this bug with Maverick, never had this issue before with Lion and Mountain Lion.

Nov 14, 2013 6:29 AM

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Nov 18, 2013 10:39 AM in response to Felix Hernandez In response to Felix Hernandez

Hey guys,


So apparently, this is an actual feature and not a bug. Its been ******* me off as well as I use 3 monitors, but I read on a different forum how to actually make it appear on a different monitor and all you have to do is actually move your mouse to the center of the screen, and move it all the way down as if you're trying to drive into the bottom of the screen. you'll see it appears on any monitor you do this to (clearly being a feature). I think its stupid and would love to have the option to disable this without losing my separate spaces for each monitor, but I guess this is the Apple way. What can ya do?


Hope this helps.

Nov 18, 2013 10:39 AM

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Nov 18, 2013 11:38 AM in response to SputnikTechnologies In response to SputnikTechnologies

Hm, I feared as much. What a hopelessly stupid idea.


My third monitor is a Cintiq (I.e. a touch screen), and I frequently have the pen along the lower edge during a paint stroke, with the interresting result of dragging dock icons all over the place.


I don't care whether they call it a bug or a feature as long as it goes away 🙂.

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Nov 21, 2013 6:11 AM in response to Felix Hernandez In response to Felix Hernandez

I'm also experiencing this issue. Can't seem to pinpoint when / why it actually changes between monitors. The only way I've found to change it back is to go into Dock Preferences change the position toggle to left and then back to bottom. If it's a feature, it's a poor one.

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Nov 21, 2013 7:49 AM in response to Felix Hernandez In response to Felix Hernandez

Well, I've just figured out why it does it. If you move the mouse to another window and pull it down to very bottom of the screen and hold it there, the dock moves over. To move it back, move the mouse pointer to the screen you want it on and hold the pointer at the very bottom of the screen.

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Nov 30, 2013 6:48 PM in response to smithmr8 In response to smithmr8

this is exactly it. the dock movement was always happening randomly, but being able to recreate it like this makes me thing its just a feature so people can quickly lunch dock apps from any monitor (the higher the res of the monitor and the more monitors you have the more work it would basically be to get to the dock).

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Dec 30, 2013 4:59 AM in response to Felix Hernandez In response to Felix Hernandez

It's a 100% bug! My dock suddenly appears on monitor #2 and to fix it I change the dock locatin to the left and then to the bottom. It's a BUG Apple.! Plus, I used to use VMWare to remote into my windows work machine and used 2 monitors for the real estate. Now that's gone. "A feature?" Some lame brain fool at Apple came up with that brainstorm. So now I login using windows 8.1 only to RDP into work and have use of my 2 monitors for some real work. BAD, BAD feature! Wise up Apple.

Dec 30, 2013 4:59 AM

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