December 15th, 2015

How to change the size of the Dock on your Mac computer in 2 ways, along with its position and behavior

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The Dock is an integral part of your Mac computer's interface. So naturally, you might want to customize the all-important Dock so it looks exactly how you want.

The good news is that Apple lets you do just that.

Here's how you can change the Dock's size — and other settings — via System Preferences, or with a few simple clicks on the Dock itself. 

How to change Dock size on Mac via System Preferences

1. In the top-left corner of your Mac's screen, click the Apple icon and then select "System Preferences..."

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2. Find and select "Dock" from the listed icons.

3. Use the slider next to "Size" to adjust the size of the Dock.

While in the Dock settings, you can also modify the magnification of the Docked icons when you hover your cursor over them, and the Dock's location on your screen.

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How to change the Dock's size manually by clicking it

1. Find and hover your cursor over one of the vertical black lines located in your Dock. While clicking and holding the icon, drag your mouse up or down to grow or shrink the Dock, respectively.

You can also right-click on the vertical line icon to access other Dock settings, like magnification or screen location. You can also set the Dock to hide when you're not using it.

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