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Modify your Leopard Dock Skin


Because of the new Fan and Grid feature of Leopard’s downloads folder, I can spend more time beautifying a less cluttered desktop. Now despite the eye candy of the new dock, a lot of users have complained about how they preferred the old dock in OS X Tiger because it was easier to tell whether an application was open or not via the reversed triangle visual aid. Leopard has replaced the default “triangle” with transparent lights which makes it harder for some people with vision problems to discern what application is open.


I’ve managed to customize my dock’s skin using Leopard Docks. You will need to do some file replacing in the system folder. This is how you do it:

Go to Macintosh HD > /System/Library/Core Services/

Right-Click on “Dock” and select “Show Package Contents”

Go to /Contents/Resources/

Backup the files you are about to replace (Incase you did not listen, here they are)

Move those same original files to the trash

Move the files you downloaded to that folder

Open Terminal and type “killall Dock” (without the quotes)

View your nice new dock.
[How To]

This is a tip courtesy of Juan of The After Mac.

(And yes Riz and Lia, they have docks in pink too.)

By Jayvee Fernandez

Jayvee Fernandez is a tech enthusiast, EAN certified SCUBA Diver and underwater photographer based in Metro Manila, Philippines. His photos and videos have appeared in various international and local publications including Random House Germany, Discovery Channel Canada, and CNN.

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