Hate the Dock and Menubar in OS X? Here’s How to Get Rid of Them

For many of us, the dock has become an accessory that we no longer want to play with. What was once a cool toy has now become background noise and maybe even a minor inconvenience. OS X pro’s already know that “Alfred” and Apple’s own “Finder” are much better options.

While completely removing the dock is possible, it removes some functionality from OS X as well. That’s bad. Instead, we’re going to hide it.

How to Hide the Dock (In 2 Ways)

The easiest way is to select System Preferences > Dock > Automatically hide and show the Dock.


If hiding the dock until you hover over it isn’t what you want, we can go a step further.

Open the Terminal by going to Applications > Utilities > Terminal, then enter the following:

defaults write com.apple.Dock autohide-delay -float 5 && killall Dock


Press Enter to execute the command. What this does is it keeps the dock from re-appearing unless you hover over its hiding area for at least 5 seconds. Feel free to change the value to whatever you’d like, whether you want it hidden shorter or longer.

To bring it back to default settings, open Terminal and enter the following instead:

defaults delete com.apple.Dock autohide-delay

How to Hide the Menubar

Hiding the Menubar once involved Terminal commands as well, but with El Capitan it’s as easy as unchecking a box.

Head to System Preferences > General and then check the box for Automatically hide and show the menu bar.


Do you still use the dock or the menubar? Tell us why or why not in the comments below. 

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