Leopard: Recovering from a Dock Disaster (Like dragging a large number of files to the dock instead of a folder)

Posted January 2, 2009 by Rob Rogers in Mac OS X Leopard

While the Leopard’s Dock is a amazingly useful tool, it can be rather unforgiving if you have a mishap. For example, I was dragging the photos from Christmas to a folder on my Dock. I missed the folder and now I have a tiny Dock with very tiny icons. Such a mess is a major pain to clean up by removing each image (or file) from the dock. There is an easier way.

1. Open Finder.

2. Go to the home directory for your username.

3. Open the Library folder.

4. Open the Preferences folder.

5. Find and delete the file com.apple.dock.plist.

6. Close the Finder window.

7. Log off and then log back in to your account.

The Dock will return, however it will be the default Dock that you had the first time you booted up your Mac. Make any changes that you want to the Dock. When you are finished, go back and make a copy of the com.apple.dock.plist and save it to another drive. This way you can use it the next time you have a mishap.


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