I’ve recently started using multiple monitors. Again.
And I’ve completely forgotten how to move the dock from one monitor to another. Again.
So now I am aggravated with myself and highly embarrassed. Again.
Not to mention that I’m going to have to look it up again. Again.
Why does this always seem to happen to me? Can’t it just be like riding a bike? What kind of trauma did I experience as a young multi-monitored programmer/developer/musician/gamer-wannabe that would cause me to block out a simple Mac Dock moving procedure? The answer to this question is better suited for a therapy blog, so I’ll spare the details here. But what I will share is the answer to the question that likely landed you upon this blog post in the first place:
“How do I move the dock from one monitor to another on a Mac?”
It’s frustratingly simple, to be honest…
Here’s the simple…
- With multiple display monitors fired up, move your mouse pointer to a non-active screen. You can tell which of your displays are inactive because the menu bar at the top of the screen will be greyed out.
- Now slide your cursor to the bottom of said screen, and voila! The dock should appear on the new screen while it simultaneously disappears from the old.
Here’s the frustratingly…
- Go back to the original screen and try moving your cursor to the bottom. What happens? Nothing?! The dock doesn’t move back?! Here’s what I think might be happening… Though the dock magically appears on the new screen, the display itself isn’t actually made active until an event occurs (such as clicking on a window or the desktop).
- Go ahead and click somewhere on the inactive display and notice the menu bar losing its lonely-inactive-greyness and springing to life in all its bright-active-shininess. Now you may go back to the original monitor (which will be inactive) and execute the mouse-at-the-bottom trick to move the dock back over once again.
At least that’s how it works for me. Always has. But what I find interesting is that apparently, not everyone experiences this “inactive” phenomenon. They can dock hop with the greatest of ease — no senseless clicking or eyes darting about looking for the active window. (Perhaps this contributes to my selective memory on the subject.) Is it a Preferences issue? Maybe left/right vs. bottom dock placement? Possibly the virtual arrangement position of the displays? Or that I have 17 monitors encircling me like a Neil Peart drum kit?
Either way, I’m very interested in hearing about your own dock moving experiences. Have you ever run into quirks or am I the only one? Perhaps you have some deeper insight or a few tricks up your sleeve? If so, let me know!
I don’t really have 17 monitors. That’d be just plain silly! Unless that’s your thing – no judgment here. But if you feel like testing your dock hopping mettle with all the unused displays stuffed in your closets and crawl spaces, you might need several of these and a few of these. Certainly plenty of ☕️. And if you do embark upon a daisy chain adventure, let us know how it works out!
No seriously, please do…