Reverting Leopard’s Dock

Although I admit I don’t particularly dislike the new “shelf”-style Dock in Leopard, the alternative dock I wrote about earlier does look very sleek and it made me wonder: can you also use it horizontally?

It turns out, you can! As this post by Andrei Drynov explains, it takes just one line to set a simple preference. and turn this:

Dock (glass)

into this:

Dock (no-glass)

To do this, open your favourite Terminal application and enter:

defaults write no-glass -boolean YES; killall Dock

This sets the no-glass property of the Dock to true and restarts the Dock to reflect the changes. Great!

*update*: Leopard is still due for tomorrow, but someone has already turned this into a tool :)

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11 Responses to “Reverting Leopard’s Dock”

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  2. SomeOtherGuy says:

    Hi, Michel.
    Could you please write me an eMail? Can’t find yours anywhere on the site.
    I’ve got something to talk about with you.
    Thank you.

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  5. john mcwhinney says:

    your 2Dornot2D is no loger available!

  6. Michel says:

    It’s actually not my tool, but Matthias Gansrigler’s. Anyway, it’s working just fine for me. Did you try again?

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  8. Maximus says:

    I would like to see a continuation of the topic

  9. RK says:

    defaults write no-glass -boolean YES; killall Dock

    Is this a permanent or temp modification?
    I really want this sidebar-style as a default at every startup ;-)


  10. Michel says:

    It’s permanent. Obviously, the effect is reversible if desired. To restore the dock to its defaults, a simple

    defaults write no-glass -boolean NO; killall Dock

    does the trick :)

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