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  1. #1

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    Feb 27, 2010
    how to lock icons in place or reset them
    Here is the problem:

    My grandmother has frail hands and clicks and drags when she does not mean to. So the dock and its icons are always getting mixed up, deleted, hidden. etc etc..

    How can the mac be setup to either lock the dock and all of its contents or have it all reset when the mac is logged out and logged back in?

    I setup a dummy account that was not admin, but the user still has access to move icons and play with the dock.


    and she has the latest iMac with Snow Leopard I think. Purchased a few weeks ago. I have 10.4 so I'm not up on all the new stuff.

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    bobtomay's Avatar
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    Dec 22, 2006
    Texas, where else?
    15" MBP '06 2.33 C2D 4GB 10.7; 13" MBA '11 1.8 i7 4GB 10.10; 21" iMac '13 2.9 i5 8GB 10.10; 5s & 5c
    You could install Deeper when it comes out of beta from Titanium Software
    (the makers of Onyx). It has the option of locking the icons in the Dock.

    Next one is going to be using Parental Controls. You would have to create a new admin account and change her account to a standard account. There will be other disadvantages to this.

    Next one - open up Finder, head to Users / her user / Library / Preferences
    right click, select Get Info on the file "com.Apple.dock.plist", then put a check mark in the 'Locked' box there
    She'll still be able to make the changes, but this will put the dock back as it is after a log out and back in, restart or a killall dock command from terminal.
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    Oct 19, 2008
    2012 13" MBP (2.5 i5, 8GB)
    You can lock the contents of the dock if you're willing to use the Terminal. Open up Terminal (/Applications/Utilities) and enter the following:
    defaults write contents-immutable -bool true
    Hit enter and then enter the following:
    killall Dock
    Hit enter and you're done. Note that if you want to change the dock, you will need to re-enter these commands but change "true" in the first command to "false" (without the quotation marks of course). I just tried this and could not change the order nor could I add icons to the dock. See here for more.

    Explanation - the first command effectively sets the dock as immutable or unchangeable. The second command relaunches the dock so that you can enjoy the changes. Enjoy!
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    Dec 23, 2009
    Might I add to van's post, that if you're going to use the terminal command he has posted, that in order to prevent typos, you copy and paste that command into terminal, as opposed to manually typing it.

    Hope this helps.
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    toMACsh's Avatar
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    Jul 30, 2009
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobtomay View Post
    select Get Info on the file "com.Apple.dock.plist", then put a check mark in the 'Locked' box there
    I like that! Just in case my better half accidently poofs something, I did it. I hope I can remember that when something else isn't behaving because of it.

    Now, is there any way to do that to the Sidebar? We've had a little poofyness with that already.

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    Member Since
    Feb 27, 2010
    Great help guys! I appreciate it. I'll try a couple of these options for sure.


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