How to change the size and position of your Dock on a Mac

How to change the size and position of your Dock on a Mac

Apple computers are solid, future-proof machines for productivity, entertainment, studies, and more. The expanding family of great Macs includes plenty of diverse options that cater to plenty of different needs and budgets. If you’re on an even tighter budget, you could also buy refurbished MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models. To make the most out of your Apple computer, you have to customize it to fit your exact needs. These customizations include tweaking the system settings, creating relevant desktops for different use cases, etc. Many people dislike having their application Dock at the bottom of their Mac screens. Here’s a detailed, step-by-step guide on how to change the size and position of your Dock on a Mac.

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Changing the size and position of your Dock on a Mac

The screenshots below reflect the System Settings app on macOS Ventura — which looks different on earlier versions of macOS. Nonetheless, the process is pretty much the same.

How to change the size and position of your Dock on a Mac

  • Launch the System Settings app.

How to change the size and position of your Dock on a Mac

  • Click on the Desktop & Dock section.

How to change the size and position of your Dock on a Mac

  • At the very top, you will find a slider to control the size of your application Dock. Tweak it according to your preference.

How to change the size and position of your Dock on a Mac

  • Right below the size slider, you will find a Position on screen option. Tap it to choose between Left, Bottom, and Right.
  • Voila! Now the application Dock on your Mac will have the size and position you prefer.

For the unfamiliar, the Dock on your Mac houses the applications you pin there and those you have launched. It’s the go-to place to switch between apps when you’re working on a certain task. Now you no longer have to settle for the bottom position if you find it more reachable on the left or right side of the screen.

Personally, I keep the Dock at the bottom on my Mac. It feels like the most natural place to me. Considering that iOS and iPadOS have the Dock stable at the bottom, it also makes sense to go for the same position on macOS for familiarity and my muscle memory’s sake.

Where do you place the Dock on your Mac? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Mahmoud Itani
Mahmoud Itani

Mahmoud is an Istanbul-based Beiruti who has always sought freedom through writing. His hobbies include keeping up with tech news, writing articles about Apple devices & services, crocheting, meditating, and composing poetry. You’ll likely find him jogging with his dogs at a park, swimming in open water, brainstorming at a coffeehouse, or merely lost in nature. He can be reached on Twitter @Mahmoudzitani or via [email protected]

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