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How to Disable the Mac Dock Icon Bouncing Behavior

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howchoo   (436)
September 14, 2023
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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.

If you know anything about us, know that we like a clean Mac setup. Hence our other guides aimed at cleaning up the MacOS Dock, like the ability to auto-hide your dock and add spacers between dock apps.

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 – Open Terminal

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

2 – Disable icon bounce

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 – Re-enable icon bounce

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

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

How to Disable Local Time Machine Backups in macOS

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November 27, 2023

Your Mac has a “feature” that will put time machine backups on your local disk if your primary Time Machine drive isn’t available. I’m not sure the details about how often it writes to your local drive, but I don’t know that you can’t delete it easily. This short guide will show you how to

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