View Full Version : HELP: Alternative way of deleting dock icons?

19th May 2007, 08:35 PM

I've put the hard drive of my fried iMac into an external case, and I'm going through and cleaning it up - I want to get rid of some dock icons that are on the iMac hard drive - is there another way of deleting icons from the dock, because I can't access the actual desktop on the hard drive...



19th May 2007, 08:50 PM
Install developer tools and open up ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.dock.plist and manually remove the items.

19th May 2007, 08:59 PM
I'm not sure if this will work, but you could try this:
Assuming that you can navigate to the User folder on the external hard drive, you could try


Delete the com.apple.dock.plist file and I'm guessing that the Dock would default to it's original configuration.

As I said, this is only a guess. I recommend that you make a copy of the com.apple.dock.plist file
and keep it handy should you need to relace it.

Oh, and I've had a quick look. There doesn't seem to be an easy way of actually editing the com.apple.dock.plist file to remove specific Dock icons.

Except by installing Developer Tools. Thanks iSlayer

19th May 2007, 09:11 PM
Thanks guys :)