7 Replies Latest reply: May 18, 2007 10:02 AM by rshep
Kerri Larrabee Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
Is there a way to hide the app names in the dock? What I mean is, when I roll the mouse over the dock, the name shows up. Often my work window extends all the way to the dock and if I mouse at the bottom of it, these app names come up and it's very distracting.

Does anyone know?

Thanks!

Kerri


Mac Book 2Ghz Core 2 Duo   Mac OS X (10.4.9)  
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (251,085 points)
    You can configure the Dock to hide automatically and only appear when the mouse hits the bottom of the screen. This way the Dock is completely out of view. You can configure this in the Dock preferences in System Preferences.
  • Kerri Larrabee Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
    Thank you,
    Yes, I know how to hide the entire dock. I don't want to do that though. I only want the app names to not appear when I roll over it. Is that possible?
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (251,085 points)
    I don't know. You might search for some third-party free or shareware or Applescript that may be able to disable the feature. (VersionTracker or MacUpdate.)
  • Kerri Larrabee Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
    I don't know. You might search for some third-party
    free or shareware or Applescript that may be able to
    disable the feature. (VersionTr
    acker
    or MacUpdate.)


    Yep, I'll do that. It seems easy enough, like hiding the tool tips in some programs. (Easy for someone, other than me, that is.)

    Thanks,
    Kerri
  • Ed Palma Level 2 Level 2 (180 points)
    Wow- I can't believe I've never thought of that- great idea!

    This is easy, even if it sounds hard. First do you have the developer tools installed- if not I'll give you other instructions...

    If you have Dev Tools
    1. Go to /Users/Your Name/Library/Preferences/
    2. Open com.apple.dock.plist (It should open in Property List Editor)
    3. In the Editor disclose Root >> persistent-apps >> 0 >> Tile Data
    4. You'll see the file-label for the first dock item. The value for this property is the name you see in the dock (in my case Firefox. Double click the value (in my case Firefox) to edit it to whatever you want, including leaving it blank.
    5. Rinse and Repeat (steps 3 & 4) for other persistent-app >> (numbers).
    6. Rinse and Repeat for persistant-others
    7. Save/Quit.
    8. Logout and back in (or just quit the dock via Utilities/Activity Monitor).

    If you don't have Dev Tools
    1. Read the Dev Tools instructions (it's help you understand this)
    2. Drag com.apple.dock.plist to TextEdit or an equivalent app.
    3. Find the file-labels key
    4. The string right after the is file label to edit if you want it to be blank the lines should looks something like:
    <key>file-label</key>
    <string></string>
    5. Rinse, lather, repeat.
    6. There is no step six!
    7. Save/Quit.
    8. Logout and back in (or just quit the dock via Utilities/Activity Monitor).

    Hope that helps- it's not quite ideal but it works for me. Thanks for the idea.
    Ed


    iMac G5 20"   Mac OS X (10.4.6)   1.5GB, Logic Pro, Firepod 10x10
  • Azqi Level 3 Level 3 (710 points)
    That should work fine, though I wonder if it would be reset when you change the Dock. Might eventually want a script to automatically edit it.
  • rshep Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Kerri
    Did you find a way to prevent the dock from interferring with a project when you're using the entire screen.... Often I'll just brush the hidden dock and an application with appear... If you could just hide it for awhile, then reinstate it's action when you're finished with the project...
    thx
    rshep