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Mac OS X users: How many application icons do you have in your Dock?

Asked by sferik (6121points) December 15th, 2010

I’m curious how many application icons you keep in your Dock. I currently have 36 (not including Finder):

What determines whether you put an app in your Dock or keep it in the Applications folder?

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Randy's avatar

I like simplicity so I have 6 apps, not including Finder, along with the downloads and application folders to the right by my trash can.

I don’t know how to get a shot of just my Dock like you did or I would get one.

EDIT: And I’ve changed all my app icons because the standard ones just don’t do it for me.

hug_of_war's avatar

3 not including finder/trash, I am a minimalist when it comes to clutter (they are browser, thunderbird, and itunes). I will probably never add another

americos's avatar

I got 116. Even though I use Quicksilver, I just like to open apps by their dock icons, all of them are grouped by type.

bluemukaki's avatar

I have 20. I realistically only use a few apps all the time and the others are only one click and a scroll away in a stack… not sure why would would need 116…. How does that even work?

sferik's avatar

@americos Yowza! Did you count them by hand?

timtrueman's avatar

I’m at 32 but I’d like to pare that down. When I had my SSD in and spotlight was fast it was around 15. When I ran out of space on my SSD and switched back to a rotational disk I went back to keeping more apps in the dock to avoid tedious Spotlight waits (that’s basically the determining factor for me). 32 doesn’t seem so bad when I’m at 2560×1440 but at 1920×1080 or 1280×800 it seems like a few too many.

jgv's avatar

I keep it really simple so only apps that I am currently using appear in my dock. So right now 9. I use quicksilver to launch apps so I can avoid using my mouse.

funkdaddy's avatar

am I the only dummy that keeps scrolling over the icons in your images to try and see what the applications are?

crisw's avatar

At work right now I have 40— a lot of them admin/tech apps like Remote Desktop, iStumbler and Terminal. All the stuff I need to get to quickly when I want it.

bluemukaki's avatar

@timtrueman I’d never even thought of disk speed being a factor – my HDD is so damn slow (and always has been pretty pathetic) that I never even bother using Spotlight…

Tink's avatar

I have 11, including Finder and Trash. I only keep the ones I use frequently on there, I don’t like it cluttered.

timtrueman's avatar

@bluemukaki SSDs make a huge difference in overall performance, even without any other changes in hardware. (And that’s with a first generation SSD. The newest ones have even better performance.)

heresjohnny's avatar

4 applications, plus Finder, Downloads, and Trash. After installing Quicksilver, I have little need to keep icons in the dock.

mrrich724's avatar

26 not including trash.

The ones I used most in college are still on it, nowadays though, I practically only use Safari, Address Book, Calendar, and iTunes. So there really is no need.

DeanV's avatar

Around 15–20 all used frequently.

I’d like to see if someone can guess what all of them are. I do like custom icons.

wenn's avatar


Finder and Trash stay in the dock, I spotlight everything.

heresjohnny's avatar

@dverhey Is that a Deadmau5 icon I spy on your dock?

DeanV's avatar

@heresjohnny Yes sir. Custom icon for Traktor, a DJ app.

I believe you can find it here if you want it.

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