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Mac Dock

The Dock on macOS is a very versatile tool that Apple allows you to customize to suit your preference. This tool can also help reduce the time you spend when trying to access files and folders. In this guide, we will show you how to pin any folder or file to your Mac’s dock and access it.

How Can I Pin a Folder or File to the Dock of My Mac?

First off, go to the Finder app on your Mac and go to where the folder or file you would like to add to your Mac’s dock is saved on your Mac.

If there is a folder in the Favorites list on the left side of the screen you would like to add to the Dock, right-click the folder, and then click the “Add to Dock” option.

Add Favorite Folder Mac Dock
Add Favorite Folder Mac Dock

If the file or folder is not in the Favorites list, go to the file, click it and then click the “File” menu option. You can find the option in the top left corner of your Mac’s display.

Mac Finder Menu Options
Mac Finder Menu Options

Now, press down the Shift key on your keyboard until you see the “Add to Dock” option. Once the option appears, click it, and then you should see a shortcut for your file or folder in your dock.

Add To Dock File Menu Mac
Add To Dock File Menu Mac

An alternative method is to single-click the file or folder and then press the Ctrl+Cmd+Shift+T keyboard combination. Another option is to drag the file or folder down to the right side of the dock.

Pin Folders Files Mac Dock
Pin Folders Files Mac Dock

After you have added a file or folder to your dock, Apple has a handful of adjustments it allows you to make.

When you add a folder to the dock, it appears as a stack of thumbnails of its files by default. If you want to hide the folder’s content and have it displayed as a standard folder icon, right-click the folder in the dock and then select the “Folder” option under “Display As.”

Display As Mac Dock Folder Option
Display As Mac Dock Folder Option

When you select a folder from the dock, your mac will open the list of files in the folder in a fan-like layout. If you want the files to be displayed in a regular list or grid, right-click the folder, and under the “View Content As” menu, choose “Grid” or “List” depending on which you want.

View Content As Folder Mac Dock
View Content As Folder Mac Dock

The option allows you to choose how the files in the folder should be sorted in the dock. If you want to customize this, right-click the folder and then go to the “Sort By” and edit the options under it to suit your preference.

Sort By Mac Dock Folder Option
Sort By Mac Dock Folder Option

Finally, you can remove a file or folder from the dock by right-clicking it and then navigating to Options > Remove From Dock.

Remove Folder File Mac Dock
Remove Folder File Mac Dock

That’s all.


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