How to Reset the Mac Dock to Default

How to Reset the Mac Dock to Default

Mac Dock facilitates access to applications, folders, etc. that you use frequently, but it can sometimes get too complicated. So if you've added too many items to the Mac Dock and now it's gotten very complicated or you're wondering if there is a way to fix it quickly or if you just want to have the Mac Dock by default . Well, here is a simple solution to some or all of these problems. Do you remember how the Mac Dock looked when you first saw it? There is a simple one-line command to reset the Dock to its default appearance. Read on to find out how to reset the Mac Dock to default.

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steps to reset the Dock:

  1. First, open the Terminal app on your Mac. You will find it in the Utilities folder located in the Applications folder.
  2. Now, in the terminal, type the command: defaults delete; killall Dock.
  3. What you need to do now is just hit the back button on the keyboard.
  4. The Mac Dock will now close, then restart with the default settings. What happened was that the plist file that kept the Dock preferences was deleted and the Dock preferences reverted to the factory settings.
  5. You should now be able to see the Mac Dock loaded with the default settings.


After the above steps, you can again add the applications and folders of your choice to the Dock. In other words, you can customize the Mac Dock again after resetting it by default. Also, after a while, if you feel that the Mac Dock has become too messy and want to revert to the Mac Dock by default, you can do so at any time by following the steps above.

The above steps also remove any settings (like location, size, etc.) that you may have for Dock. However, you can change these settings again by accessing the system preferences in the Dock. To change these settings, go to System Preferences from the Apple menu, then choose Dock. Here you will see a lot of options like magnification, screen position, size, display recent apps in the Dock, etc. You can change the Dock settings using these options as desired. However, if at any time you think you want to reset the Mac Dock to default, you can simply follow the steps above to do so.

Mac Dock is stuck?

If after resetting the Mac Dock to the default, it got stuck, first try restarting the system and see if it fixes the Dock.

If that does not solve the problem, open the Terminal application (which you will find in the Utilities folder which you will find in the Applications folder). Type the command: 'killall Dock' (without quotes) in the Terminal application and press the Back button on the keyboard. What this command does is that it restarts the Mac Dock. Check if this approach has fixed the Dock.

However, if the Dock is still blocked, the problem could be in the Finder. Now try to restart the Finder. To do this, open the terminal and type the command: killAll Finder. Press Return after entering the command. This will restart the Finder and, hopefully, the Dock will also be fixed. There is another method for restarting the Finder. What you need to do is right click on the Finder icon. Click the relaunch option in the context menu that opens. This will also restart / restart the Finder.