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Question about MacOSX Dock icons [Nov. 23rd, 2007|01:59 pm]
Douglas Spencer
I'm setting up a load of PCs on a network, something I've done many times before ... and one new Mac, something with which I'm rather less familiar.

On this Mac I've now installed some applications, and they've turned up as anticipated in the Applications folder.

Now, how do I make their launch icons appear in the dock? And how do I make that appearance become default behaviour for any new users who log in? (it's inheriting user account data from an active directory domain).

Answers of the form "click on this, then click on that ..." are acceptable, but so also are answers of the form "open a terminal window, and ..." or "create a domain group policy object, and ...".

Thanks in advance.
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[User Picture]From: purplecthulhu
2007-11-23 02:07 pm (UTC)
To put an app icon on the dock you simply drag the icon there from the finder view of the applications folder (or in fact any folder). I don't know how you make this affect all users as I've never done any multiuser macs.
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From: abigail_n
2007-11-23 02:14 pm (UTC)
The first question is easy. Simply drag the applications to the dock and they'll stay there permanently. You can remove dock items the same way, and reorder them as well.

I've never used more than a single account on my Mac so I don't know how to answer the second question. The Accounts control panel (in System Preferences, which is part of the dock's default configuration) allows you to set login items - applications that start up on login - but that's not the same thing.
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[User Picture]From: alex_holden
2007-11-23 02:17 pm (UTC)
For the current user, you just drag the application icon from the Applications folder onto the dock, or if the application is already running in the dock, right click or Ctrl-click on its dock icon and select "Keep in Dock".

This is untested, but I think what you might need to do to set the default dock when you create a new user is to arrange the dock as desired for the current user, then copy ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.dock.plist to /System/Library/User Template/English.lproj/Library/Preferences/ and set the file ownership to root:wheel.

BTW I don't know anything about AD and how that interacts with OSX's multiple user support.

Edited at 2007-11-23 02:22 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: drplokta
2007-11-23 03:31 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: johncoxon
2007-11-23 07:59 pm (UTC)
http://www.michaelsmac.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=394

It was linked to by TUAW a couple of days ago, hence me remembering it!
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