Keep In Dock Tutorial

If you launch an app from Launchpad or from the Applications folder in macOS, and that app isn’t already located in your Dock, the app will disappear from the Dock upon closing it. That’s the desirable result for apps that you run occasionally, but for apps that you launch and run all of the time, it may be best to keep that app as a permanent fixture in the Dock.

How to keep apps in the Dock on your Mac

There are two basic ways that I like to go about keeping often-used apps in the Dock. The first way is to simply right-click on the app icon in the dock → Options → and select Keep in Dock. Once you do this, the app will stay permanently affixed in the Dock, even if you close the app.

The second way to keep an app in the Dock is to move it to another place in the dock. Moving an app in the Dock indicates to macOS that you want to keep the app in the Dock, otherwise you wouldn’t have bothered moving it in the first place. When you move an app in the Dock, the Keep in Dock option is automatically checked.

If you ever want to remove an app from the Dock, just right-click on the app icon in the dock → Options → and deselect Keep in Dock if the app is running. Upon closing the app, it will disappear from the dock. You can also simple drag and hold a non-running app outside of the dock to make it disappear, or right-click on the app icon in the Dock → Options → and select Remove From Dock if the app isn’t running.

I understand that this may be old news to seasoned Mac veterans, but since the Mac has been selling so well as of late, there are bound to be lots of newbies that haven’t fully grasped how the Dock works on Mac. Please sound off in the comments section if you have anything additional to add to help fellow readers.

  • Roboter

    Made my day 😀

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  • justme

    I agree, there are a lots of newbies on this ecosystem.
    Good point iDB.

  • Skoven

    I think most people know how to add and remove items from the dock 🙂
    But while on the topic… you should perhaps include and explain, the “Open at Login” option together with the option to hide/minimize these “login items” trough the “Users & Groups” System Preferences settings. The last setting is not so easily found/intuitive, and i think some people will find it usefull.

  • Carlos Medina

    Maybe a tutorial on Guest Mode for mac? I’m having problems with it mostly cause it opens in safari mode and also its not something that’s talked about much but is a valuable resources.

  • Moltakfire

    Slow day, huh? 🙂

  • Fanboy 

    I don’t understand why people would get upset when iDB posts obvious tutorials (obvious to some of us). It shouldnt matter if they want to post a tutorial on how to turn on your Mac, its their choice and luckily we have the free will of choosing to click or not to click on the article thanks to the headline 🙂

  • Stephaughn Alston

    This is great, please do more articles on the Mac. I will be getting mines soon 🙂