Andy Taylor

Andy Taylor

Simple 2D Dock Modification

Update: I have added @2x versions for Retina Macs.

I’ve been using this dock modificaton for a couple of years1 now and I thought I’d share it. The default 2D dock2 has a horrible fat white stroke on it. I modified the images so they’re all just 55% transparent black. I also made the separator a simple line instead of the zebra crossing.

It changes the bottom, left and right 2D docks.

Docked to the bottom

Docked to the side

How to

  1. Download the modified .png’s.
  2. In Finder, navigate to: HD → System → Library → CoreServices → Dock.app3 → Contents → Resources
  3. Backup all the .png’s in the Resources folder that match the file names in the download.
  4. Delete them out of the Resources folder.
  5. Copy the .png’s from the download into the Resources folder.
  6. Open Terminal and type: killall Dock
  1. To the best of my knowledge, these same .png’s work in Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion and Mountain Lion. But backup the originals.

  2. If you currently have the 3D dock enabled you’ll need to switch to 2D. Open Terminal and type this: defaults write com.apple.dock no-glass -boolean YES; killall Dock

  3. You’ll need to right click and Show Package Contents.

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