The Dock on Macbook is an essential feature that houses your frequently used apps and acts like a launchpad allowing you to run any application simply by clicking on it. Additionally, it allows you to perform multiple action on your desktop.

However, the dock can sometimes be annoying as it can take up some space at the bottom of your screen which could otherwise be allocated to your open app windows. Fortunately, there is an option to hide your dock and make it visible by dragging your mouse near the bottom of the screen. This feature can be activated either by performing the keyboard shortcut or via the system preferences. To find out how, follow our step-by-step guide below.

Hiding or Unhiding the Dock using keyboard shortcut

You can activate this feature automatically by simultaneously holding down the Alt+Command+D button together. Once activated, the dock can be made visible by simply hovering the mouse over the bottom of the screen. When you move the mouse pointer away from the dock, it will hide automatically.


If for whatever reason you can’t perform such a shortcut, then this feature can be activated via the system preferences method mentioned below.

Hiding or unhiding the Dock using System Preferences

This method allows you to activate the auto-hide feature via System Preferences and it doesn’t require you to remember any shortcut or whatsoever as this is a one-time setup.

Step 1: Click on the Apple logo in the top left corner to open the Apple menu and choose System Preferences

Docks-Preferences-Step 1

Step 2: Once System Preferences has been launched, click on Dock

Docks-Preferences-Step 2Step 3: In the “Dock” page, select the option “Automatically hide and show the Dock

Docks-Preferences-Step 3

Once these steps are followed accordingly, you will find the Dock hidden automatically. If you want to launch an application stored on the Dock, hover the mouse to the bottom of the screen and this will make it re-appear. To deactivate auto-hide, simply follow the above steps again and deselect the option enabled in Step 3.

This feature is very useful as it can free the little space at the bottom of your screen and allocate it to other apps. Some users prefer to keep the dock visible for convenience purposes but if you find it annoying then you should considering turning on auto-hide.

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