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Get the most out of the Dock with these shortcuts

When Apple CEO Steve Jobs bought Next in 1996, the future and the integration of Macs with users changed substantially because the Dock became one of the most iconic and characteristic elements of Apple devices until the present. Therefore, in this post we bring you a series of shortcuts to get the most out of it.

Dock Shortcuts

The Dock is a bar that appears by default at the bottom of the Mac and that comes with some default applications that you can adapt according to your tastes or needs. In it, you can access different programs such as Finder, AppStore, Trash, Safari and Launchpad, among others. Below you will see some of the shortcuts with the aim of making you much more productive and efficient on the Mac and that it can save you intermediate steps to develop a certain action. The shortcuts are as follows:

  • Command + Click and hold: Extract the app from the Dock.
  • Option + click and hold: if you have a window open and want to return to the previous tab, click on the application in the Dock with the mouse and perform this keyboard shortcut.
  • Option + Command + Click on the application icon, which minimizes everything you have open on the screen and opens the pressed app.
  • Command + Clock on the dock app to bring up the app’s system preference
  • Command + space bar: the Spotlight appears and if we put Dock we go to Dock preferences.
  • Command + M: minimize the application in which we are
  • Option + Command + D: Hide or show the Dock.
  • Shift + Control + Command + T: add a file or folder that we have selected to the Dock.
  • Right mouse button / Control + click on the Dock separator: open the Dock menu:
  • Control + F3 (by pressing the fn key): access the Dock:
  • Force close an app from Dock: option + Up Arrow.
  • Enter: Open the Dock application you are currently in.
  • : command + Enter: open Dock app in Finder
  • Command + Option + Enter: hide all applications and windows except the one we are in
  • Command + M: minimizes the application we are working on and moves to the Dock.
  • Option + Command + D: Hide the Dock.
  • Command + Enter: Open the Dock app in Finder.

Advanced shortcuts

Now we are going to see some advanced shortcuts that allow you to be more efficient with the Dock and flow in it in a much more satisfactory way. To activate these functions, you have to go to System Preferences and in the keyboard section activate the option of combination of keys. Then, in the left column, select the “keyboard” option. The advanced shortcuts are the following:

  • Add a website to the Dock: From Safari or through your default browser, select the website and drag it to the Dock.
  • Control + Shift + Command +T: Adds an associated item to the Dock.
  • Change the position of an application: hold down the option key and move the App to the right or left with the arrow keys.
  • Change the position of an application in the Dock: hold down the Option key and scroll the application from left to right with the scroll arrows.
  • Open an app’s menu Dock: Up Arrow
  • Jump to a specific Dock application: press the first letter of the application until you reach the one you want to open in the event that more than one begins with the same letter.

With this series of basic and advanced shortcuts you can take full advantage of the Dock, the result of which is greater integration with the way macOS works. This operating system may seem complex at first if you come from a Windows computer, but once you acquire the skills with the commands and shortcuts, the user experience will be more than noticeable. Remember that you do not have to learn the shortcuts by heart, but it is best to write them down on a piece of paper and apply them at the times that require their use. Little by little you will see that your fluency with the Mac increases considerably.

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