In This Chapter
Getting to know the Dock
Discovering the default Dock icons
Delving into Dock customization
Adjusting Dock preferences
Take a minute to look at the row of icons at the bottom of your display. That row, good friend, is the
Dock (shown in Figure 4-1 ), and those individual pictures are known as
icons (which I discuss in greater detail momentarily).
Figure 4.1. Figure 4-1: The Dock and all its default icons.
Dock icons are odd ducks — they're activated with a single‐click. Most other icons are
selected (highlighted) when you single‐click and are opened when you double‐click. So Dock icons are kind of like links on a Web page — you need only a single click to open them.
Single‐click a Dock icon to open the item it represents:
If the item is an application, the application opens and becomes active.
If the item is a document, that document opens in its appropriate application, which becomes the active application.
If the item is a folder icon, you see a fanned menu of its subfolders, and the Finder becomes the active application. Click Show in Finder to open the folder in a Finder window.
If the item is open already when you click its Dock icon, it becomes active.
By default, the Dock contains a number of commonly used Mac OS X applications, and you can also store your own applications, ...