How to Quickly Resize the Dock on Mac

How to Quickly Resize the Dock on Mac

Whether it’s launching apps or switching between the opened apps, the Dock makes the task a breeze. For a personalized experience, the app launcher also provides plenty of customization. For instance, you can hide/show the Dock, change its position, and even tweak its size as per your needs. In this article, I’m going to show how you can quickly resize the Dock on Mac.

How to Resize Mac Dock: 2 Quick Methods Explained

There are two ways you can adjust the size of the Dock on macOS. While one way is to use the mouse/trackpad, the other method is to use the Dock Preferences. If you want to fine-tune the appearance of the app launcher instantly, go with the first method.

However, if you prefer to adjust the size with a slider, heading into Dock Preferences would be the way to go. Thanks to a handy trick, you can dive into the settings of the app launcher with just a couple of clicks. Thus, fine-tuning the app launcher wouldn’t seem to be a tedious task.

Resize Mac Dock Using Mouse or Trackpad

  1. To get started, simply hover your mouse pointer over the vertical divider in the Dock. You can find the vertical divider between the app icons and file shortcuts.

Click on the Vertical Divider

2. The moment you place the mouse pointer on the right spot, it will turn into an arrow.

Click on Divider arrow

3. Now, if you want to increase the size of the Dock, hold the trackpad button/primary mouse and then drag it away from the Dock.

Increase the size of the Dock

4. And if you want to decrease the size of your Mac Dock, drag the pointer towards the Dock edge.

Click on the Vertical Divider

Do note that there is a limitation to how large/small the Dock can be. So, it won’t increase/decrease when it reaches the maximum allowed size.

Resized Dock on macOS

Resize Mac Dock Using System Preference

Adjusting the size of macOS Dock using System Preference is just as straightforward.

  1. Simply, right-click/control-click on an empty area of the Dock. Make sure to click it near the divider line.

Click on the empty area of the screen

2. Now, a menu will appear with multiple options. Click on Dock Preferences.

Dock preferences

3. Next, you can use the Size slider to perfectly resize the Dock. Drag the slider towards the left to decrease the size of the app launcher. And drag it towards the right to increase its size. Once you have fine-tuned it, quit System Preferences.

Dock Menu Bar

Customize Dock on Mac With Ease

That’s pretty much it! So, that’s how you can resize the Dock on your Mac. Now, that you know how this little but nifty trick works, make the most of it to keep the appearance of the app launcher in line with your needs.

By the way, what’s your take on Dock in general and macOS Big Sur in particular? Share your feedback and the sort of improvements you want to see in the app launcher.

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