A subtle way to tweak MacOS to make it a little faster is to speed up the Dock’s auto-hide and show time. This obviously only applies to Mac users who hide their Dock by default, and the focus should be on feel faster, because while it removes a small delay before showing the hidden Dock, it does nothing to speed up the Mac. Still, it’s a noticeable difference, and using the Dock certainly feels faster with the auto-hide delay removed, so let’s get to it.
How to remove Dock auto-hide timeout in MacOS
By removing the auto-hide delay, the Dock appears more quickly when the cursor moves to the bottom of the Mac screen. Here’s how to proceed with a default command:
- Open the Terminal application, from /Applications/Utilities/, Spotlight or LaunchPad.
- At the terminal command prompt, enter exactly the following string:
- Press Back
- The Dock will restart and the auto-hide delay will be removed, speeding up the Dock
defaults write com.apple.dock autohide-delay -float 0;killall Dock
Now, when you access the Dock by dragging the cursor to the bottom of the screen (or wherever the Dock is), it will appear immediately, without the small delay that is the default setting.
Some users may not even notice the difference because it is subtle. But if you are a power user and use the Dock’s auto-hide feature, you will probably feel the difference and notice that the Dock appears and hides much faster.
If you don’t have the setting to automatically hide and show the Dock (in modern macOS Sonoma or Ventura, or older versions as well), this tip obviously doesn’t apply to you. Those using the auto hide/show feature can also change the actual animation speed if they want to further change the speed of using the Dock on Mac.
This default command has been around for a very long time and it still works in macOS Sonoma, Venture, Monterey, as well as much older versions of macOS.