How to show only active apps in the OS X Dock

by John Anderson December 01, 2019

On this page, we will describe how to show only the applications that are currently running on your Mac.

Personally, I don’t like it and always keep it hidden. However, for you we will show you how to customize the Dock so that it only shows the active applications.

How to show only active applications in the OS X Dock?

1. The first thing will be to open the Terminal (use the cmd key and space bar to open Spotlight and search for Terminal)

 

How to show only active apps in the OS X Dock?

 

2. Once you are in the Terminal please write the following command:  defaults write com.apple.dock static-only -bool TRUE; Killall Dock  and then press Enter.

 

How to show only active apps in the OS X Dock?

 

3. After pressing Enter the Dock will restart.

 

4. Now you can go to your Dock and see only the applications that you have active on your Mac.

This is how the Dock looks before customizing:

 

How to show only active apps in the OS X Dock?

This is how the Dock looks after customizing:

 

How to show only active apps in the OS X Dock?

What I need to do to have my Dock as before?

It is possible to reverse this configuration, you just need to do the following steps:

1. Open the Terminal

2. Write the following code:  defaults write com.apple.dock static-only -bool FALSE; killall dock

3. The Dock will restart again and show you all the applications as it was before.

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