Quick Mac OSX tips: Create Spacers in your dock

One tip that I obtained recently from Macosxtips.co.uk is the way you can separate icons in your OSX dock to suit your need, this works with leopard and Snow leopard. I found this to be very useful and I hope you do too.

See picture below, notice anything different?

That’s right!,  icons in my dock is grouped into categories.

By doing this the dock is easier to organize and to look at.

These ” Empty spaces” , is actually a transparent icon.

Here’s the how you create one :

open Terminal and type the command below:

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

Then run :

killall Dock

This will reload your dock and you will see an Empty space on the right side of your dock.

You can drag this “empty icon” with your mouse and put it in between your icons on your dock.

To remove this simply drag the empty icon out of your dock as if you are removing an application from your dock or Right click

To create multiple spaces, simply repeat the command in Terminal above.

To turn your Dock from 3D to 2D like mine enter these in the terminal

defaults write com.apple.dock no-glass -boolean YES; killall Dock

and to turn it back to 3D

defaults write com.apple.dock no-glass -boolean NO; killall Dock

I hope you have as much fun as I do in doing this.

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4 comments on “Quick Mac OSX tips: Create Spacers in your dock

  1. Suchmaschine says:

    Lovely sharp post. Never thought that it was this easy. Extolment to you!

  2. Wow! what an idea ! What a concept ! Beautiful .. Amazing …

  3. Curtis says:

    This is awesome man ( I bet you and Annelia have been waiting for my post =D)

    Just used it and inserted two spacers which is just too clean and easy.

    Keep up the awesome posts, I learn heaps from you!

  4. Marcus says:

    I’m glad you find it useful.

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