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

Comments [13]

  1. 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. 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.

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

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

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

  6. 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.


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

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