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by Tom Nelson

Dock menus give you access to commonly used functions of applications that are currently active in the Dock. Active applications can be identified by a dark triangle on their Dock icon in Tiger, a bluish dash in Leopard, a black dot in Yosemite, and later. Most active applications allow you to exert some level of control directly from the Dock, instead of bringing the application to the front and accessing its menus.

SafariDockMenu

Screen shot © Coyote Moon, Inc.

Access an Application’s Dock Menu

  1. Place your cursor over the application’s icon in the Dock.
  2. Right-click, click and hold, or command + click the icon.
  3. A menu of available commands will display.

You can select any of the available commands and the application will dutifully perform the selected action, just as if you had taken the time to bring the application window to the foreground and access its menus.

In many cases, accessing basic application commands from the Dock menu can be extremely handy, such as opening a new Safari window without having to bring the app to the foreground first.

Read more on About: Macs.

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