How To: Improve the Mac OS X Dock

Screen space on a laptop comes at a high premium. On Mac OS X one of the most important interface elements is the Dock. Unfortunately it’s in the way more times than not. If you’re like me, you might have tried hiding the dock but eventually switch back because of how long it takes for the dock to re-appear when the mouse is at the edge of the screen.

I believe I have found a solution for this problem. Try these two commands in terminal:

defaults write autohide-delay -int 0
defaults write autohide-time-modifier -float 0.4
killall Dock

These commands will disable the delay but also leave the pleasantly smooth animation intact.
We care about these things because we’re Mac OS X users. 😉

If you decide this tweak isn’t for you, you can enter this into the terminal

defaults delete autohide-delay
defaults delete autohide-time-modifier
killall Dock