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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Changing the look of your Dock!

A great tip submitted by Nessuno: Changing the look of your Dock! There was a tip previously about how to get back the 2D look of your Dock on Leopard. That is great if you want to get back the "Tiger look", but what if you want to keep the 3D dock, but with more customization options. I know a lot of people are afraid of modifying the OS, because it could cause problem with later updates (Application Enhancer was problematic with the Tiger to Leopard update). I think this is different though, because the only thing you are doing is changing the images of the Dock. Here is how it is done:

1. Download or create in Photoshop the new look of your Dock. You can find many new looks at
2. Go to /System/Library/CoreServices/
3. Right-click on "Dock" and select "Show Package Contents".
4. Go to /Contents/Resources/
5. Backup the file you are about to replace in case you want to go back to the original Dock style. You can do this by comparing the files you downloaded to the ones in this folder.
6. Move the files you downloaded to that folder.
7. Open Terminal and enter "killall Dock" (without the quotes).
8. View your new dock!

Nessuno's Dock:

Thanks for the tip Nessuno!


Blogger Mikey said...

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November 16, 2007 at 9:16 PM  
Blogger Mikey said...

There is 107+ files/folders in the Contents/Resources Folder. Which file(s) which you replace? Which file(s) would you back up so you could use the default dock style again?

November 16, 2007 at 9:22 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

Mikey, go off to and download one of there replacement docs. Look in the file you download. There is also documentation on the website and probably in the downloads that describe what needs to be replaced in order to make the dock look different.

I have done it myself. It's pretty easy to do and the dock can look way better than it does to start with.

November 16, 2007 at 10:13 PM  
Blogger B said...

this is pretty cool.. i can't wait until people make more!

p.s. just look at the names of the files you download.. those are the ones you have to replace they are called scurve-s, scurve-m, etc..

November 16, 2007 at 10:17 PM  
Blogger Shiv said...

thanks its really can i post a tip on your site


November 17, 2007 at 5:33 AM  
Blogger John said...

how do you change it back?

November 17, 2007 at 8:11 AM  
Blogger Mikey said...

Dave, Thanks for the info.

November 17, 2007 at 8:57 AM  
Blogger J. said...

If you want to avoid all that extra stuff just use this little gem. It changes dock, dock indicators, color, and it also saves the original files so switching back is a piece of cake. I don't have any connection with it other than I use it and it works as advertised.

November 17, 2007 at 11:00 AM  
Blogger J. said...

Sorry I didn't include the name.duh.
DockChanger. It can be had at MacUpdate

November 17, 2007 at 11:04 AM  
Blogger richard said...

Is down? I can't access the website.

November 17, 2007 at 12:21 PM  
Blogger Aaron said...

i'm guessing tiger is just benched for this whole dock manipulation game then, huh?

November 17, 2007 at 2:38 PM  
Blogger Nessuno said...

JOHN to switch back to your original dock just put your backup images (the original ones) and you'll have the original dock back. If you don't backup the original images you can find them at

For all: there are some little apps to do the work without have to do it manually, I use a little applescript done by myself.

November 17, 2007 at 4:17 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

Doesn't work for me. I follow the steps exactly and still get the original dock every time.

November 17, 2007 at 4:35 PM  
Blogger Mikey said...

There is a automator script on the LeopardDocks site you can download by clicking on the "Automatically Switch Dock Designs" link. All you have to do is choose which folder/dock theme you want to use. That's It!!!

November 17, 2007 at 6:13 PM  
Blogger Matt but call me Goon said...

Go there for better directions of exactly what to do (scroll down, its at the bottom)

November 17, 2007 at 9:25 PM  
Blogger ilious said...

In the process of switching docks I entered the killall dock into terminal like it told me to and after restarting my dock was gone!!!! Is there a command that I can use to reverse this.

November 18, 2007 at 7:08 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

ilious: It sounds like you lost the graphics files that make up the Dock image when attempting to change the look. If you backed up the images that you were to replace, I suggest restoring those images and try the killall Dock again. If not, get a copy of the Dock application from backup assuming you are using Time Machine or another backup method.

The Dock application is stored at:

Once you restore the older backup, do the killall Dock and you should get the original Leopard Dock back.

November 19, 2007 at 6:33 PM  
Blogger ilious said...

yea it worked thank you Dave

November 19, 2007 at 6:46 PM  
Blogger eliz said...

i'm sorta new to macs so this may seem like a silly question but...where is the "Terminal"??

November 19, 2007 at 9:26 PM  
Blogger Biggins said...

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November 20, 2007 at 12:12 PM  
Blogger ilious said...

Eliz: terminal can be found in spot light which is located in the upper right hand corner of you menu bar. Type in terminal and click on the application that pops up.

November 20, 2007 at 5:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always enjoy coming to this blog and always seeing a new tip everyday. This tip is so cool. I actually took pieces of different docks on and pieced my own dock with little things I liked about each design.

Thank you for the tips and if I find others I'll share them with you.

November 20, 2007 at 10:14 PM  
Blogger Tony said...

what is the name of the style nessuno used for the dock?

November 24, 2007 at 9:29 AM  
Blogger mocofo said...

I changed the look of my doc but i didnt save the original dock?? i like the new look of it, but is there any way that i can get the original dock back?? or can i get it from someone else??

June 1, 2008 at 12:21 AM  
Blogger Joylene said...

Sadly, it didn't work. Every day I have to rearrange my dock because as soon as I log off, it goes back to the way I don't want it. Should I remove dockmenus.plist? or maybe dock.icns?

September 21, 2010 at 12:19 PM  

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