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Hi, I have a mac and my friend played a trick on me and made my dock locked. It can't remove icons, put things in it unless an application has a option to have an icon in the dock.

I have tried to find some modifying applications in my mac but there isn't any. I tried to download modifying apps which allows to lock and unlock the dock and locked and unlocked the dock, but it didn't work.

Can any Mac Professionals here help a poor kid out? Thanks in advance.
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How did your friend LOCK the dock.

You can try going into terminal and type "killall Dock" without the " and then press enter.

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How did your friend LOCK the dock.

You can try going into terminal and type "killall Dock" without the " and then press enter.
I didn't work

I don't think any thing happened.

After I press enter. another sentence appeared which is the same with the sentence before i hit "killall dock".

HELP me!

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Hi, I have a mac and my friend played a trick on me and made my dock locked.
I think you mean 'ex-friend'.

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Andrew, tell your "friend" the joke was very funny, you've been had. Now, you want it back to normal. If this "friend" refuses, remove the "r" from that designation, for good.
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Try this:

Open the Finder and go to

<YOUR-HOME-DIRECTORY>/Library/Preferences

were <YOUR-HOME-DIRECTORY> is where you keep all of your user specific files; it will be your user name.

You need to find the file named

com.apple.dock.plist

delete this file.

Then you can either open the Terminal (as others have suggested) and type

killall dock

or you can select the Apple Menu at the top left hand corner of your screen and select 'Force Quit'. Select the 'Finder' app and click relaunch.

By removing the com.apple.dock.plist file you are resetting your dock to the factory defaults. This should remedy the trick your friend played on you. However, if a third party app was installed, you may need to find out exactly what was installed and remove it. For now, try the approach above.
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Also, I would ask your 'friend' (the word is questionable at this point) to determine exactly how he/she was able to access your machine and make these modifications. Ideally you do not want anyone else but you accessing any of the files/folders on your machine under any sort of circumstance.
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Try this:

Open the Finder and go to

<YOUR-HOME-DIRECTORY>/Library/Preferences

were <YOUR-HOME-DIRECTORY> is where you keep all of your user specific files; it will be your user name.

You need to find the file named

com.apple.dock.plist

delete this file.

Then you can either open the Terminal (as others have suggested) and type

killall dock

or you can select the Apple Menu at the top left hand corner of your screen and select 'Force Quit'. Select the 'Finder' app and click relaunch.

By removing the com.apple.dock.plist file you are resetting your dock to the factory defaults. This should remedy the trick your friend played on you. However, if a third party app was installed, you may need to find out exactly what was installed and remove it. For now, try the approach above.
It didn't work

It just said "No matching processes belonging to you were found"

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Open up Terminal. Copy & paste defaults write com.apple.dock contents-immutable -bool false then press enter.
Then type killall Dock then enter.
That should do the trick.

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It didn't work

It just said "No matching processes belonging to you were found"
You have to type an uppercase D when entering killall Dock.

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You have to type an uppercase D when entering killall Dock.
I tried it again, it did defaulted all my dock, expose, spaces preference, but the dock icons still can't be removed

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Do you have Tinker Tool installed?
If so, that is one app that I know can lock your Dock and can also put everything back to default if changed with the software..

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Um, just a thought, how are you trying to remove stuff off the Dock?

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I can't believe this post is still going!!!
Have you been in touch with this so called friend of yours and had words yet?
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