Dock

What Does Dock Mean?

Dock is an iconic graphical user interface (GUI) feature of the Mac OS X operating system. Dock provides a quick method for the user to launch and alternate software applications.

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Dock is similar to ObjectDock and RocketDock on Windows operating systems.

Techopedia Explains Dock

Dock is a feature of NEXTSTEP and OpenStep, which were Mac OS X predecessors. A separate iPhone operating system version is used with the iPhone and iPad.

Dock features include:

  • Capable of holding multiple items
  • Located at the bottom of a display screen
  • May be manually relocated to other screen areas, such as left, right or top
  • Dynamically resizes programs to fit display screens

Dock was patented in October 2008.

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