Mike Bracco

Product at JibJab. Technology. Startups. UX. Design. Minimalist. NH Native. Boston Sports.

Los Angeles, CA

Add Spacers to Your Dock


I keep a fair amount of apps in my dock because I'm usually multitasking and have a lot of apps running. Keeping them in the dock allows me to always know where they are. However, it was always a big pain that there was no way to segment or organize apps in the dock. Sure, you can use third party apps that create mutliple docks but I wanted something that was native to the OS.

A little while back I came across the perfect solution. It's a simple Terminal command that isn't a hack. Simply follow these instructions:

Open Terminal and copy and paste this text. After doing so press Return.

defaults write com.apple.dock persistent-apps -array-add '{"tile-type"="spacer-tile";}'

Then, to restart your dock type the command below and press Return again.

killall Dock

After doing so a spacer will be placed in the far right of your dock. You can drag the spacer anywhere in your dock to create whatever segmentation you like. You can also drag the spacer off the dock to remove it just like you would for any app. If you want additional spacers, simply follow the above procedure to add as many as you would like.

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