How to Disable the Mac Dock Icon Bouncing Behavior

"I wish my MacOS apps could tap me on the shoulder until I answer." - No one ever
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Whoever decided that MacOS Dock icons should be allowed to bounce continuously to get your attention obviously didn't think about those of us who are easily distracted. Sometimes the icon bounces once, but oftentimes it bounces continuously if a dialog or prompt is present.

In this short Howchoo guide, I'll teach you how to prevent Mac icons from bouncing to get your attention and stop this annoying behavior once and for all.

1

An empty Terminal window in MacOS.

Navigate to Applications > Utilities > Terminal and open a new Terminal window.

2

Run the following command to disable MacOS icon bouncing behavior:

defaults write com.apple.dock no-bouncing -bool TRUE

Then, run the following command to reload the Dock with the new behavior:

killall Dock
3

To revert this behavior and enable bouncing behavior once more, run:

defaults write com.apple.dock no-bouncing -bool FALSE
killall Dock