Dock space is valuable, especially when you’ve got a lot going on at once. With the simple drag and drop interface of FoggyNoggin Software’s Dock Dodger, you can take back control of your Dock and hide unwanted icons even when the apps are running.
Anyone who is interested in hiding Dock icons will have different reasons for doing so, but the most common is merely not wanting to look at them anymore. In my case, I run a little app called QuietMBP in the background at all times to keep my mid-2006 MacBook Pro silent. It suffers from a common defect that causes the processor to buzz or whine when connected to the power adapter and this helpful tool keeps it quiet. The fact that an extra slot is being taken up in my Dock at all times for a program I don’t even interact with drives me crazy. With the use of Dock Dodger, however, this is no longer an issue.
After installing Dock Dodger, you will be able to stop any application’s icon from appearing in your Mac’s Dock, whether it is currently running or not. There are other programs that perform a similar function, but the beauty of Dock Dodger is its extreme ease of use. Find your soon-to-be-exiled application and simply drag it into the Dock Dodger window. That’s all there is to it! The next time you run that program, no trace of it will be seen in the Dock. If you happen to change your mind and want to get your Dock icon back, just drag the application to the window again. It will set itself back to normal and be like nothing ever happened.
To give Dock Dodger a try, visit FoggyNoggin Software’s website and download a copy for free. Although it is not required, donations are requested and well-deserved for the developers.