How to Hide Bottom Bar on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

In this tutorial, we will learn how to hide the bottom bar on your Mac. The bottom bar, also known as the Dock, is a useful feature that allows you to quickly access your most frequently used applications. However, there may be times when you want to hide it to maximize your screen space or eliminate distractions.

Step 1: Accessing System Preferences

To hide the bottom bar on your Mac, you will need to access the System Preferences. You can do this by clicking on the Apple logo in the top-left corner of your screen and selecting “System Preferences” from the dropdown menu.

Step 2: Navigating to Dock Preferences

Once you are in the System Preferences window, locate and click on the “Dock” icon. The Dock preferences allow you to customize various aspects of the bottom bar, including its visibility.

Step 3: Hiding the Bottom Bar

In the Dock preferences window, you will find a checkbox labeled “Automatically hide and show the Dock.” This option allows you to hide the bottom bar when it is not in use and reveal it by hovering your cursor near its location.

To hide the bottom bar:

  • Check the “Automatically hide and show the Dock” checkbox.
  • The changes will take effect immediately without needing to restart any applications.


  • If you prefer using keyboard shortcuts, you can press Command + Option + D simultaneously to toggle between hiding and showing the bottom bar.

Step 4: Adjusting Other Dock Settings (Optional)

The Dock preferences offer additional customization options that allow you to further personalize your bottom bar. You can change its size, position, and even add or remove specific applications.

Here are some of the other settings you can explore:

  • Size: Use the slider to adjust the size of the bottom bar according to your preference.
  • Position on screen: Choose whether you want the bottom bar to be displayed on the left, bottom, or right side of your screen.
  • Minimize windows using: Decide whether you want windows to minimize into the application icon or into the Dock.

In Conclusion

Hiding the bottom bar on your Mac can help create a distraction-free working environment and provide you with more screen space for your tasks. By following the simple steps outlined in this tutorial, you can easily toggle between hiding and showing the Dock based on your preferences. Additionally, don’t forget to explore other customization options in the Dock preferences to make it suit your needs perfectly.

We hope this tutorial was helpful in guiding you through hiding the bottom bar on your Mac!

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