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Navigate to the directory in which the folder appears. Drag the folder into the sidebar. While still dragging make sure you’re seeing a blue insert line, rather than another item’s highlight. This article aims to help Mac users restore the normal view of the Dock icons. Follow step-by-step instructions outlined in the article to get rid of this vexing problem. First Approach: Reset the Dock. The first approach to solving the issue of the missing Dock icons is to delete the Dock plist file and reboot a Mac. Jul 27, 2020.

macOS Catalina released just a few days ago. Many Mac users already praise the new features of this newly introduced OS. However, some users are having various problems when they are trying to upgrade to macOS Catalina.

One of the commonly reported problems is the disappearance of the Mac’s Dock after the update. Some users are reporting that the Dock keeps disappearing forcing users to restart their computers multiple times a day.

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If you notice that your Dock is missing after you update, then this article is for you. The Dock offers a great way to easily access your favorite apps. So when it is missing, you may find that very annoying. Here is how you can fix this problem.

Please try each step one at a time until you resolve your issue.

Before we start, please check your Dock settings. Go to Apple menu > System Preferences, then Dock. Here you can change many appearance settings. Please make sure that you did not set the Dock to hide. Make sure that your settings are accurate. You can adjust your settings.

Furthermore, pressing the Option-Command-D keys will hide or show the Dock. Is this shortcut working?

1. Restart your Mac by going to Apple menu > Restart.

2. Start your Mac in safe mode (or safe boot). Here is how:

  • Power off your Mac by going to Apple menu > Shut Down
  • Turn on your computer and immediately press and hold the Shift key
  • Keep pressing the Shift key until you see the login window. When you see the login screen, release the key
  • Enter your password (you may have to enter your password a few times, this is normal)
  • Now your computer is running in safe mode. Your computer may be slower than normal.
  • Do you see the Dock or is it still not visible?
  • Now leave the safe mode. To to that simply, turn off your computer and start your computer normally without pressing the Shift key. (cannot exit safe mode?)

3. Resetting the Preferences list may help you fix your problem. Here is how:

  • Go to Finder
  • Press and hold the Option key down and click “Go” menu in the Finder menu bar.
  • Click Library
  • This will open the Library folder
  • Click the Preferences folder
  • Find the file named
  • Delete this folder (move it to Trash)
  • And restart your computer

4. If nothing above helps you, you may want to reinstall macOS using macOS Recovery. Here is how:

  • Turn off your computer
  • Turn on your computer and immediately press and hold the Command (⌘)-R
  • Release the keys when you see the Apple logo, or a startup screen.
  • You may have to enter your password
  • Then you will see the macOS Utilities window
  • Select Reinstall macOS and click Continue

See also: Slow Mac? How To Speed Up Mac: Tips and Tweaks

In terms of importance, the Dock — the quick-access strip for applications and documents that appears on your iMac’s Desktop — ranks right up there with the command center of a modern nuclear submarine. As such, it had better be easy to customize, and naturally, OS X doesn’t let you down.

Adding applications and extras to the Dock

Why be satisfied with just the icons that Apple places on the Dock? You can add your own applications, files, and folders to the Dock as well.

  • Adding applications: You can add any application to your Dock by dragging its icon into the area to the left side of the Dock. You’ll know when you’re in the proper territory because the existing Dock icons obligingly move aside to make a space for it.

Attempting to place an application directly on the right side of the Dock sends it to the Trash, so beware. Note, however, that you can drop an application icon inside a Stack or a folder that already exists at the right side of the Dock.

  • Adding individual files and volumes: You can add individual files and volume icons to the Dock by dragging the icon into the area to the right side of the Dock. (Attempting to place these to the left side of the Dock opens the application associated with the contents, which typically isn’t what you intended.) Again, the existing Dock icons move aside to create a space when you’re in the right area. To open the Dock item you’ve added in a Finder window, right-click the icon to display a Dock menu, where you can open documents, run applications, and have other assorted fun, depending on the item you choose.
  • Adding several files or a folder: El Capitan uses a feature called Stacks, which I discuss in “Keeping track with Stacks,” to handle multiple files or add an entire folder to the Dock.
  • Adding websites: You can drag any URL from Safari directly into the area at the right of the Dock. Clicking that icon automatically opens your browser and displays that page.

To remove an icon from the Dock, just click and drag it off the Dock. Note, however, that the original application, folder, or volume is not deleted — just the Dock icon itself is permanently excused. If you like, you can delete almost any of the default icons that OS X installs on the Dock; only the Finder and Trash icons must remain on the Dock.

Keeping track with Stacks

El Capitan offers Stacks, which are groups of items that you want to place on the Dock for convenience — perhaps the files needed for a project you’re working on, or your favorite game applications.

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To create a Stack, just select a folder containing the items and drag the folder to the right side of the Dock. As always, the Dock opens a spot on the right side of the Dock to indicate you’re in the zone.

To display the items in a Stack, just click it:

  • If the Stack holds relatively few items, they’re displayed in a really cool-looking arc that Apple calls a fan, and you can click the item you want to open or launch.
  • If the Stack is stuffed full of many items, the Stack opens in a grid display, allowing you to scroll through the contents to find what you need.

El Capitan provides display and sorting options for a Stack. Right-click the Stack icon, and you can choose to sort the contents by name, date created or added, date modified, or file type. If you prefer a grid display (no matter how many items the Stack contains) you can choose Grid mode. Choose List to display the Stack’s contents in much the same way as List view mode in a Finder window. List view mode also allows you to view folders in a Stack as nested menu items. Choose Automatic to return to the default view mode.

When set to Display as Stacks, the Stack icon is displayed using icon images from the contents of the folder; if security is an issue, however, choose Display as Folder from the right-click menu to display the Stack as a plain folder icon instead.

You can remove a Stack from the Dock by right-clicking the Stack icon and choosing Options from the menu that appears. Choose Remove from Dock from the submenu that appears. Alternatively, just drag that sucker right off the Dock.

You can also display the contents of a Stack in a Finder window. Right-click the Stack icon, and choose the Open item at the bottom of the pop-up menu.

If you add a folder full of items, the Stack is named after the folder; otherwise, El Capitan does the best job it can in figuring out what to name the Stack.

Apple provides a Stack already set up for you: The Downloads folder, situated next to the Trash, is the default location for any new files that you download using Safari or receive in your email. El Capitan bounces the Download Stack icon to indicate that you’ve received a new item.

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Resizing the Dock

You can change the size of the Dock from the Dock settings in System Preferences — but here’s a simpler way to resize the Dock, right from the Desktop.

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Move your pointer over the vertical solid line that separates the left side of the Dock from the right side; the pointer turns into a funky vertical line with arrows pointing up and down. This is your cue to click and drag while moving up and down, which expands and shrinks the Dock, respectively.

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You can also right-click when the funky line pointer is visible to display a menu of Dock preferences. This allows you to change your Dock preferences without the hassle of opening System Preferences and displaying the Dock settings.