How to Keep Dock Visible on Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Have you ever found it frustrating when your dock disappears on your Mac? The dock is an essential part of the macOS interface, providing quick access to your favorite apps and documents. In this article, we will guide you on how to keep the dock visible on your Mac, so you never have to search for it again.

Method 1: Using System Preferences

If you prefer using the graphical interface, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen.
  2. Select “System Preferences” from the drop-down menu.
  3. Click on “Dock & Menu Bar.”
  4. In the “Dock & Menu Bar” settings, check the box that says “Automatically hide and show the Dock.”
  5. The changes will take effect immediately, and your dock will now be visible at all times.

Method 2: Using Terminal Commands

If you prefer using Terminal commands for advanced customization, follow these steps:

  1. Open Terminal from your Applications folder or by searching for it in Spotlight.
  2. Type the following command and press Enter:
    defaults write autohide -bool false; killall Dock
  3. Your dock will disappear momentarily and then reappear with a persistent visibility.


If you encounter any issues with keeping your dock visible, try the following:

  • Restart your Mac to ensure all changes take effect.
  • Check if any third-party apps or extensions interfere with the dock visibility and disable them temporarily.
  • Reset your dock preferences by executing the following command in Terminal:
    defaults delete com.dock; killall Dock

Now you know how to keep your dock visible on your Mac using both the System Preferences and Terminal methods. Choose the method that suits your preference and enjoy easy access to your favorite apps and documents.

We hope this tutorial has been helpful. If you have any further questions, feel free to ask in the comments below!

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