With its elegance Grid View and comprehensive List View, putting things on the right side of the Dock giving much more advantages than adding more clutters to Dock organization. Some stuffs of my interest to be kept on Dock are Preferences Stack, Menu Extras Stack and Groups of Applications.
Let me share with you how to make those stacks.
Shown Above. Preferences Stack Configured to Grid View
James from Mac Tricks and Tips compiled an interesting article to guide us in moving every shadowy areas of Mac System Preferences Pane to Dock stack (and he humbly claimed that this is the idea of his friend). From widely used Desktop & Screen Saver Preferences to less noticed Startup Disk Preferences, you will be shocked…
Menubar Items or Menu Extras Stack
Shown Above. Menu Extras Stack with List View
All things stuck into extreme right of menubar – Battery Indicator, AirPort Status, Sound Volume, etc – are often called Menu Extras. They’re really useful; you can’t live without them (a bit of exaggeration here). To put them together as one stack, following steps can be applied:
- Create a new folder called Menu Extras Stack (or whatever else fit your hungry eyes) on Home Folder
- Go inside Macintosh HD → System → Library → CoreServices → Menu Extras and select all items
- Make alias from all of them by simply Drag-n-Drop them into Menu Extras Stack with modifier Command-Option pressed
- Drag Menu Extras Stack onto Dock, Control-Click on it and change view content to List View
- Q.E.D. (Quite Easily Done)
Group of Applications Stack
Shown Above. Stack of Microsoft Office 2008
Applications varied by usage yet created by the same company often prefixed with their brand names. Separately hanging them around Dock launcher is a waste of space. It’s so much Dock-friendly to stack them together.
It’s no much of difference with above :
- Create new stack folder
- Spot and select all applications belong to same group
- Drop aliases of them to that new folder (remember the command-option drag trick)
- Drag folder to Dock (if application icons are ugly as hell, forget about Grid View, stick to List View)
I have no more amusing space-saving stacks to show you. But I believe you have your very own favorite stacks that haven’t been mentioned here and I’d, by any chance, have missed the interesting part of those.
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