Just like the Windows taskbar, the macOS Dock is your go-to place for the apps you use the most. To make better use of this handy tool, we’ll show you how to add and remove apps from your Mac’s Dock.

Swipe to add apps to the Dock

The fastest way to add an app to your Mac’s Dock is to drag it there. You can do this using the application icon on your desktop or in the Applications folder.

Note: Note the locations of the sections mentioned below if your Dock is vertical to the right or left of the screen rather than horizontal.

Stage 1: Select the app you want to put in your Dock.

Step 2: Drag it to the Dock and place it where you want it. Just make sure it’s to the left of the recent apps divider (described below), or the files and folders section if you’re not showing recently used apps.

If you place it between other apps, those apps will slide to make room.

Step 3: Then release to drop the app into the Dock. When you do, it creates an application alias. You can still access the original application in the applications folder.

Launch an app in the Mac Dock.

Show and save recent apps in Dock via Options

Another way to add an app to your Dock is by using the options menu. You can do this for one in the recently used apps section of the Dock or for one that is currently in use.

You can display recently used apps in your Dock in their own dedicated section, as described below.

Stage 1: Open up System Preferences using the Dock icon or An apple icon in the menu bar.

Step 2: Choose Dock and menu bar.

Step 3: Confirm this Dock and menu bar is selected on the left, and then check the box for Show recent apps in the Dock on the right.

If you later decide you don’t like that section of the Dock, just go back to the same place and uncheck the box.

Checkbox to show recent apps in the Dock.

Step 4: You’ll then see this section of the Dock separated by lines to the right of your apps and to the left of your open files and folders. Adjust its Dock position accordingly if you’re using the vertical view.

Mac Dock Tabs.

Step 5: To keep any of these apps in the Dock, right-click or hold control and select the application. Then move the cursor to Settings and select Store in Dock.

The app is then moved from the recently used app section to the apps section on the left.

You can do the same with the apps currently in use in your Dock. Right click, go to Settingsand select Store in Dock.

Select Save to Dock from the options menu.

Swipe to remove apps from the Dock

Removing an app from the Dock is just as easy as adding one to it.

Stage 1: Select the app you want to remove from the Dock.

Step 2: Drag it from the Dock to an empty spot on your desktop.

Step 3: When you see the “Remove” display above the app, remove your finger from it.

This only removes the app from your Dock. As mentioned, the app in your Dock is just an alias, so removing it here doesn’t do it delete it from your Mac.

Swipe to remove an app from the Dock.

Remove apps from the Dock using Options

Just like adding a recent app to your Dock via Options described earlier, you can remove one.

Stage 1: Right-click or hold control and select the app in your Dock.

Step 2: Move the cursor to Settings.

Step 3: Demarcate Store in Dock.

Uncheck Keep in Dock in the options menu.

Having those apps you use every day in your Dock saves you time searching for them in the Finder or in the Applications folder.

For more ways to improve your Mac’s performance, see how to use multiple desktops.

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