I use Quicksilver for almost everything and really hate that the dock always seems to be getting in my way. I was looking for a way to remove it, and found the following lines of code. There are some apps, like DockKiller, which can be a little buggy, but what I’ve found is that using the following commands will (for me) make the Dock small enough and move it into a place where it doesn’t pop up, and so this solution was the one that worked best for me.
To implement this solution, open a terminal and run the following commands:
// makes the dock icon size really really small defaults write com.apple.dock tilesize -int 1 // puts the dock on the bottom of the screen // other values are left and right defaults write com.apple.dock orientation -string bottom // puts the dock on the left side // other values are center and end defaults write com.apple.dock pinning -string start // restarts the dock so the changes take effect killall Dock
Here is a screenshot of the dock – this is actual size, a crop from the bottom left corner of my screen :)
If you’re looking for general dock preferences you can also check out the Deeper which exposes a lot of these options in a GUI manner:
How do I get to the Trash can now?
I’ve written a little applescript which helps me pull up the trash:
on run tell application "Finder" open trash activate end tell end run
You can then save that with a trash icon and put it on your desktop, in your sidebar, etc:
You can also download my “Trash.app” script