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Add Blank Spaces To OS X Dock With This Terminal Command

add blank spaces to OS X dock

We have come across a useful Terminal command which can be used to add blank spaces to OS X Dock (you could call them blank app icons, too) for improved categorization, and readability. Check it out after the title image.

add blank spaces to OS X dock

To be perfectly honest, I strictly use Windows on the desktop; I have tried switching to Ubuntu Linux, and have had limited exposure to OS X. My knowledge of OS X, then, isn’t as solid as your average OS X user.

Still, as someone who used Rocket Dock to emulate OS X’s dock on Windows, I know that OS X’s Dock is one of the most important user interface elements for users. You use it throughout the day, and it is in your vision at all times.

With that last part in mind, it is crucial for the OS X Dock to be well-organized. It is quite easy to clutter the OS X Dock, too. I do not know about you, but if a regularly used tool is cluttered – visually or practically – I do not feel at ease.

One simple way to declutter it is to add blank spaces to OS X dock. With these blank spaces – which are really blank app icons – you can essentially categorize different apps. How you categorize them is up to you. Two good examples of categorization types include based on:

  • App type: productivity, social, tools
  • Usage: most commonly used to less used but still important

Anyhow, in order to add blank spaces to OS X dock (or blank app icons), open up Terminal from your Applications and copy, paste, and execute the following command:

defaults write persistent-apps -array-add '{tile-data={}; tile-type="spacer-tile";}'

Now execute the following command to restart the Dock:

killall Dock

That’s it! You will now see a blank app icon or a simple blank space in your OS X Dock that you can drag and drop wherever you please. This way, you can separate your apps to improve readability, and maintain a general tidiness.

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