How to Intellihide the Mac Dock For Better Efficiency

Last month I started using Linux the very first time, then one of the most popular features in lots of of the distros that I tried out is t...



How to Add the Linux Intellihide Feature to the Mac DockLast month I started using Linux the very first time, then one of the most popular features in lots of of the distros that I tried out is the intellihide feature. This is a feature which can be applied towards the panel as well as other dock applications (ie. Docky, Cairo).

Unfortunately, this can be a feature that is certainly currently absent in Mac OS X, although there could be the similar autohide feature. For Mac users who are not informed about intellihide, here’s a brief explanation of both.


Autohide vs Intellihide


I’m sure you’re knowledgeable about the autohide feature for your Mac dock. This simply hides your dock out with the way unless you move your mouse on the dock’s location. So if you have your dock for the bottom with the screen, once you move your mouse down on the bottom the dock will show up and then disappear as soon as you move your mouse away again. This is slightly distinctive from the intellihide feature seen in Linux.

With intellihide, the panel or dock is hidden provided that it overlaps any window inside active window group (currently focused windows).  This means that provided that a window won't overlap the dock, it will remain in sight. However, each window covers it (ie. you maximize a window), then it is going to disappear. To bring the dock back it is possible to still move your mouse on the dock’s location to bring it back up, or you are able to simply move the window away from the dock’s area.

As you'll be able to see, intellihide is move convenient and means less meet your needs. So now, here’s how you can get the Mac’s dock to intellihide as an alternative to autohide.


Add Intellihide to Mac


There’s a useful little Mac application called DockIntellihide.app that will let you add the intellihide feature to the dock in a matter of minutes. You can download the latest version from Github. Once downloaded, drag the DockIntellihide file in your Applications folder.

As soon because you open the application form, it's going to begin to operate immediately. If you have a window on the dock area, the dock will be hidden. If not, the dock will continue in sight. In this manner, you are able to easily test that out to see how it works. There are no preferences or anything for this application; it really works.

Since it’s difficult to show an element like this inside a screenshot, I’ve provided an instant screencast below of DockIntellihide.app for doing things.

It’s also essential to know that you'll want to have “enable access for assistive devices” checked off in system preferences in order for this app to function. If you don’t contain it enabled, you’ll be prompted to take action once you open DockIntellihide.app. To do this, open System Preferences, click on Accessibility (within the System section) and after that check the box next to “enable access for assistive devices.”

Enable access for assistive devices in Mac OS X.

If you prefer the feature, you can even want to incorporate it to your Login Items (System Preferences -> Users & Groups -> Login Items). Just click the plus button to include the DockIntellihide.app.

Add DockIntellihide for a Login Items.


Final Thoughts


This app is a lot from perfect along with a bit around the buggy side. For instance, I realize that when I use my window manager (Cinch) to maximize a window, the dock doesn’t hide in any respect. Even manually resizing a window doesn’t manage to hide it. However, when I move a tiny window to the dock area it hides (while not immediately), after which I can quickly maximize your window. When I resize of the question, the dock pops backup.

Regardless, it does get the job done helping to keep the dock out of the way, giving more space for maximized windows.

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