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Show only active applications in Mac OS X Dock, and how to get 2-D all the time

ActiveAppDock Show only active applications in Mac OS X Dock, and how to get 2 D all the time
Are you into minimalist interfaces? If you want to cut down the clutter in the Mac OS X Dock, OSXDaily has a nice tip to show only the currently running apps in your Dock. To do this, you’ll need to launch the Terminal, and enter a few simple commands.
The change is completely reversible, and you won’t void your warranty or anything. At least not that I know of. In any case, proceed at your own risk.
To make the change, type the following in the Terminal command line:
defaults write static-only -bool TRUE
Next, you’ll have to kill the Dock for the changes to appear. Do this by typing the following:
killall Dock
That’s it. You should see a reduced Dock, with only the running applications showing. If you don’t use your Dock as an app launcher (I use Quicksilver mostly, or Apple’s built in Spotlight) this might work for you.
To revert back to the normal Dock, enter this into Terminal:
defaults write static-only -bool FALSE
And again, remember to kill the Dock to see your changes:
killall Dock
You might notice that my Dock is showing in the 2-D mode, not the usual 3-D mode. Here’s how to enable that, using the Terminal:
defaults write no-glass -boolean YES
killall Dock
This will put your Dock into ‘no-glass’ mode, which is what the Dock looks like if you have ever made it stick to the left or right sides of the screen. I find it looks much more elegant than the crazy 3-D reflections of the standard Dock, so it’s my default look.
To change it back (but really, why would you want to?) you can just type this in the command line of Terminal:
defaults write no-glass -boolean NO
killall Dock
And that’s it! Have fun, and remember, the Dock is your friend.