How to show currently active apps in Mac OS X Dock

Creativity | 2011.04.29 00:11 | Posted by 스마트 안전보건

Here’s a great trick if you prefer a minimalist Mac OS X desktop and Dock: set the Dock to only display currently active apps. Launch the Terminal and enter the following command:


defaults write static-only -bool TRUE

Now you have to kill the Dock for changes to take effect:

killall Dock

If you use the Dock as an app launcher, this probably won’t be that useful for you. I almost always use Spotlight to launch apps and have my Dock automatically hide, so I’m going to try this out for a while and see how well it works in my day to day workflow.

If you want to revert back to the default Dock behavior, use this command:

defaults write static-only -bool FALSE

Don’t forget to kill the Dock again for the changes to take effect.

killall Dock

Note: if you try out this tip and don’t like it, you won’t lose your previous Dock icons or arrangement, just use the FALSE command and everything will be back to normal.

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Shade inactive windows in Mac OS X with HazeOver

Creativity | 2011.04.04 14:37 | Posted by 스마트 안전보건

If you get easily distracted by things sitting around in the background, HazeOver might be for you. It’s a free utility that casts a shadow on all inactive windows, in other words, any window that isn’t in the foreground will be “hazed over.” Windows actually phase in and out of the shadow so it’s a neat effect even if you aren’t using it to minimize distraction and just want some additional eye candy on your Mac.


If you use multiple monitors on your Mac, it will only cast shadows on your primary display, but the developer is working to fix that bug.
You can download HazeOver for free from the developers site.


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