Learn how to better organize your Dock with gaps between items.

The Dock can become fairly unwieldy over time, as more apps are installed, folders are added and shortcuts pinned. To help organize your Dock, it’s possible to add spaces between apps or folders to help you categorize them. It’s a little fiddly and requires using the Terminal app, so this is only recommended for those who feel confident using their Mac. Here’s how it works:

  1. Open the Terminal app. If you’re not sure where it is, click the Search icon in the top-right corner, type Terminal, then press enter on your keyboard.
  2. Enter the following text, as many times as you wish, to add spaces: defaults write com.apple.dock persistent-apps -array-add ‘{“tile-type”=“spacer-tile”;}’
  3. Force restart the Dock to make the spaces appear by entering this into Terminal: killall Dock

You can move spaces around by clicking and dragging them, and you can remove them by dragging them off the Dock. Neat!

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