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December 19, 2007

Remove Mirror Effect on Leopard Dock (Cleaner Look)

While the new 3D dock that comes with Apple's OS X Leopard is flashy, I find it hard to quickly understand what the dock is supposed to tell me. The two problem areas are (1) that it reflects things that are near it on the desktop and (2) the indicator that an application is running got changed from the simple triangle icon to a white dot which is hard to see on the white dock surface.

Here's my dock:

The reflections of my application windows make the dock look cluttered. And it isn't immediately obvious which programs are running because the white indicators get lost.

So I've poked around and discovered that you can easily shut off the reflectiveness of the dock, with a simple command-line option:

defaults write com.apple.dock no-glass -boolean YES

Doesn't this look much better?

Definitely not as slick, but so much easier to quickly see what is there and active.

Posted by mike at December 19, 2007 9:23 AM