Add Spaces to the Dock in OS X | Terminal Hack Tutorial

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Just a quick little tip on how to add some invisible spaces to your Apple dock. These are great for organizing your apps into categories. It makes your life just a little bit easier.

I keep all my apps organized into sections for graphic design, web design, web browsers, front-end development, back-end development, blogging, communication, etc...

All this magic takes place in your Terminal. If you don't use the terminal please don't be afraid. The terminal is a really normal place to operate and you won't break your computer by doing the following. By adding the code snippet down below you will create invisible dock items that can be moved around and removed from your dock however you see fit.

Step 1: Open your terminal

You can find this in spotlight or go into your applications/utilities/terminal

Step 2: Paste in the code

defaults write persistent-apps -array-add '{"tile-type"="spacer-tile";}'

Step 3: Press Enter

Step 4: Type in or Paste

killall Dock

^ notice the space in between the words and the capital "D" in "Dock"

Step 5: Repeat as many time as you want

You only need to write "killall Dock" when you have entered in as many spaces as you want by following steps 1, 2 and 3.

That's it, enjoy!!!


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