How to Permanently Stop Dock Icons from Bouncing

Even if you’ve set your Dock preferences not to animate when you click them, some applications insist on bouncing to get your attention. This brief tutorial will show you how to disable that behavior.

If you open your System Preferences and select Dock, you can disable the animation (bouncing) that happens when you click an icon in your Dock. Just remove the check from the box labeled Animate opening applications.

But sometimes applications are set to “bounce” when they want your attention.

To disable this feature, open a Terminal (Applications -> Utilities -> Terminal) and enter the following commands:

defaults write no-bouncing -bool TRUE

and then

killall Dock

Your Dock will close, then open again. From now on, none of your Dock icons will bounce – ever.

If at any point you want to reverse this, just enter the command:

defaults write no-bouncing -bool FALSE

and then

killall Dock

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Comments [13]

  1. Glen says:

    That dock theme looks great! I'm hoping it's applied with CandyBar – if so, could you post a link to it?

    Thanks for the tip!

  2. Ross McKillop says:

    Glen –

    I used SuperDocker ( which is free, and it's the (included) "2D Dock in 3D" theme.

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  4. willowonthewater says:

    I know this is an old post – but I just found it and THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! This is going to save me. I loathe the bouncing icons – my biggest by far gripe with macs.

  5. Stan says:

    Thanx for the tip. The command line thing was just what I need. They were still somewhat bouncing with the first fix.

  6. John says:

    thank you very much for the tip.

  7. Simon says:

    Many thanks, been driving me insane

  8. emerson j erowne says:

    A zillion thank yous for this post!! That dang bouncing was driving me crazy!

  9. joel says:

    sweet. thanks. that was extremely annoying

  10. alissa says:

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Those are the MOST ANNOYING LITTLE BUGGERS!!!! THANK YOU!!!

  11. RobA says:

    Hey – AWESOME tip,
    Was getting frustrated by the annoying children in the dock that were bouncing to get my attention.

    Thanks so much for sharing this one.


  12. haavee says:

    Brilliant tip! Lifesaver! The bouncy things were driving me bark raving mad!

  13. Macb00k says:

    No more bounce, thanks for the info

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