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Mac OS® X Leopard™ For Dummies® by LeVitus, Bob, Austin, Texas

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Chapter 4. What's Up, Dock?

In This Chapter

  • Getting to know the Dock

  • Discovering the default Dock icons

  • Talkin' Trash

  • 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: The Dock and all its default icons.

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.

A Quick Introduction to Using The Dock

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.

The default icons of the Dock

By default, the Dock contains a number of commonly used Mac OS X applications, and you can also store your own applications, ...

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