The Dock on macOS is, personally, one of my favorite features of macOS.
It’s easy to find, fast to access and prioritizes the important files and tools that you use every day for work or be it leisure.
One handy feature that the Dock on macOS can do is the ability to pin a file to the Dock.
You may be asking “Doesn’t the Dock already pin the file if we access that file frequently?”
Yes, but what if the file is not one that you access very often and you simply like to pin the file for the sake of maybe prioritizing it for future use?
Or maybe you don’t want to look through your entire macOS file system if the file is not found on the Dock?
How to place app shortcut icon on your Mac First of all open a Finder window and click on the ‘Applications’ option from the sidebar. Now look for the app you want to have a shortcut icon for, and simply drag and drop its icon to the desktop in order to create a shortcut.
In this guide, I’ll show you how you can pin a file (any file) to your Dock on macOS so that it stays there where you want it.
Let’s dive right in.
Voila! You should see that the Alias is pinned to the Dock and when you click on it, it will open up the file.
You cannot pin an Alias with the other apps. It’s different. Apps go with apps. Aliases go with aliases.
The only disadvantage of using Aliases to pin a file or a folder is that whenever you open the pinned file/folder it will take both the app that opens the file and the file’s own icon will both be present on Dock. Yes, it sucks, however, this is the easiest way that Apple allows you to pin a file/Folder onto the Dock.
Let us know down below if you found a better option and we will update the article with your credit.
New Mac users might wonder how to put often-used apps, documents, and folders down into the Dock for quick access. Luckily, it’s quite easy. Here’s how.
1.) Open the Applications folder and find the icon of the app you wish to add to your Mac’s Dock. (This also works with folders and documents.)
2.) Hover your mouse pointer over the app, document, or folder icon you wish to add to the Dock, and click and hold your mouse button or trackpad.
3.) Drag the icon down to the Dock, to the location where you want to move it. (Note: You’ll notice the Dock has a dividing line. Applications need to be dropped on the left side of this line, while documents and folders should be dropped to the right side of the line.)
4.) Hover the icon over the spot you wish to drop to. You should see the icons move over to make room for the new icon.
5.) Release your mouse button, the app will drop into place on the Dock.
There are two ways to remove an icon from the Dock.
Note: You can only remove an application icon from the Dock if the app is closed. If the Dock icon shows a dot beneath the icon, the app is currently running. Close the app before attempting to remove its icon from the Dock.
Method one is to right-click the icon while it sits in the Dock. You’ll see a pop-up menu appear. Hover your mouse over the “Options” menu item. A new menu will appear. Click “Remove from Dock.” The icon will disappear from the Dock.
Method two is to hover your mouse pointer over the icon you wish to remove, and then click and hold. Begin dragging the icon up and away from the Dock to an empty space on your Mac’s Desktop. You’ll soon see a bubble with the word “Remove” in it. You can now release the mouse button. The icon will be gone from the Dock.
For more tips and tricks that can help you make better use of your Mac, iOS device, Apple Watch, or Apple TV, be sure to visit the “How To” section of our website.