How to Add Space Between Icons on Dock on Your Mac using Terminal

You can easily add space between icons on Dock of your Mac OS X with the help of Terminal. We have covered a step-by-step guide, so don’t forget to check it out.

Just like iPhone and iPad, Mac also features a Dock with different apps for easy access. At times, the Dock looks crowded with all apps on it. It doesn’t affect the functionality, but having a little space between the icons would give a cool look to the eyes. To your surprise, it is possible to add space between icons on Dock of your Mac OS X.

There aren’t any preferences to be done for this feature. You’ll need to use Terminal in order to add a separator between Dock icons. The process is pretty simple, you’ll just need to copy paste the command we have mentioned. Give it a glance to the details we have covered below.

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How to Add Space Between Icons on Dock on Mac

How to Add Space Between Icons on Dock of your Mac

Step #1. Very first thing you’ll need to do is to launch Terminal.

Open Terminal on Mac from Spotlight Search

Step #2. Now type the command exactly as it is given and hit Return.

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defaults write persistent-apps -array-add '{tile-data={}; tile-type="spacer-tile";}'

Step #3. Now type killall Dock and then hit Return.

Add Space Between Icons on Dock of your Mac

You Dock will disappear for a moment but when it returns back, you’ll a space between two icons. To app spaces between other icons, you can repeat Step #2 as many times as you want, before proceeding to Step #3.

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You can also drag and rearrange the empty spaces by clicking on them and dragging to the position. In order to remove the space, simply right-click on it and click “Remove from Dock“.

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That’s all; so, what are you waiting for? Give it a try. Let us know in comments how things worked for you. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus.

Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around iPhone and iPad.


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