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How can I remove the Dock in Mac OS X?

After installing quicksilver I rarely need to use the OSX (snow leopard) dock. I would like to disable the OSX dock from showing up unless I summon it with Command-Option-D. At the moment I can hide it, but when my mouse touches the edge it shows up.

Is there a way to disable the dock from showing up automatically? I can disable "automatically hide and show the dock" in the system preferences, but that just means it's shown all the time (seems like a bit of a silly assumption).

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marked as duplicate by slhck, Sathya Sep 1 '11 at 14:47

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... and How to remove the Dock in Mac OS X Leopard –  slhck Sep 1 '11 at 7:49

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Create an AppleScript with the code below and add it to your login items, the dock will open for a few seconds but should then disappear.

tell application "Dock"
  activate
  quit
end tell

Hope this helps.

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Stuff like Expose and virtual desktops live also in the Dock process, so if you quit Dock, you also lose these features.

There is a way to make it really tiny though:

defaults write com.apple.dock tilesize -integer 1 && killall Dock

Dock will restart afterwards and be really tiny.

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