Folders on the Dock: Group apps for tasks

The Dock is an essential part of the macOS user interface. However, if you link many apps to it, it can get quite crowded and confusing. How you use spaces to divide the dock, I've got you covered already shown here. But you don't want to make the Mac dock even wider with spaces, but rather save space and space that belongs together Apps group to save space, then there is another way: folders. Yes, you can create folders on the Dock to collect shortcuts to Mac apps - e.g. B. individual folders for work, for hobbies, for programming and more.

It only takes a few clicks to create a folder with app shortcuts on the macOS Dock. Now you have the programs for work, hobby, entertainment, etc. at hand in one place.
It only takes a few clicks to create a folder with app shortcuts on the macOS Dock. Now you have the programs for work, hobby, entertainment, etc. at hand in one place.

Mac tip: folders on the dock for a better overview

The collection points for multiple apps on the Apple Mac dock can serve different purposes. You can use the most diverse programs for word processing (Pages, Word, TextEdit, etc.), for image editing and design (Photoshop, GIMP, Affinity Designer, etc.), for entertainment (music, VLC Player, GarageBand, QuickTime player, etc.) and so on. To create a folder on the macOS dock, proceed as follows:

  1. Creates a new folder anywhere; for this purpose it can also be located in the programs folder of the hard disk
  2. Name this folder according to the purpose of the apps ("Work", "Image editing", "Music" or similar)
  3. Now opens in Finder Macintosh HD -> Program and creates alias links for the required apps (right-click -> create alias)
  4. Drag the created alias shortcuts into the prepared folder
  5. Now drag this folder to the right side of the dock (to the right of the divider next to the recycle bin)
I created a folder, called it "Work", dragged in the respective app alias of the required programs and also created an icon.
I created a folder, called it “Work”, dragged in the respective app alias of the required programs and also created an icon.
In the Applications folder on your system hard drive, right-click/secondary click on individual apps to create an alias (shortcut) of them.
In the Applications folder on your system hard drive, right-click/secondary click on individual apps to create an alias (shortcut) of them.
If you have filled a folder and dragged it onto the dock, its contents can be displayed like this (you can find alternatives below).
If you have filled a folder and dragged it onto the dock, its contents can be displayed like this (you can find alternatives below).

Various display options for individual use

As you can see on the third screenshot below the instructions, I added an image to the folder and also made it its icon. This works by going to the folder info and then dragging the image onto the folder icon in the top left (here the full guide). To display the folder icon in the Dock, right-click on the added tile and select "Folder" instead of "Stack" under "Show as". 

In the dock folder options, you can make various display settings to customize the display.
In the dock folder options, you can make various display settings to customize the display.

In the options called up in this way you will also find further setting options for your new dock folder. You can view the contents of the folder e.g. B. as shown above as subjects. This fits the modern design of current macOS versions. The "List" and "Grid" options under the item "Show content as" are a bit more conventional and clearer. The list in particular ensures that you don't have to move the mouse pointer so far to click on the individual apps.

Presentation of the folder content as a grid.
Presentation of the folder content as a grid.
Presentation of the folder content as a list.
Presentation of the folder content as a list.

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