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I want the dock to be at the bottom, and hidden. I like the behavior I have on my home mac (I'm using eOS on my work computer) that shows the dock as soon as the pointer hovers it for some time, or if I hit the bottom "hard" (fast cursor movement toward the bottom edge).

I have hence selected auto-hide but none of the behaviors match what I want. First, they make little sense to me:

  • intellihide: apparently similar to autohide but should be smarter (like don't hide if the desktop is apparent?)
  • autohide: apparently similar to intellihide but dumber
  • dodge maximized window: should hide only if the window is maximized?
  • window dodge: should hide only if a window is covering it?
  • dodge active window: should hide only if the active window is covering it?

Now, maybe I got them wrong, but I've tried them all.

The issue is that once hidden, the dock is a nightmare to reveal. I have to shake my mouse pointer, light a candle and pray for it to show up. I mean none of the expected behaviors trigger a reveal:

  • sending the cursor on the bottom edge with a large velocity
  • hovering the mouse for 250-500ms on the edge

But now, I actually don't know what triggers the dock to show up.
I can do the following and nothing will trigger:

  • move the cursor slowly to the edge and hold the cursor still
  • move the cursor fast to the edge and shake it
  • hit the bottom edge hard
  • ???

(and admittedly, after writing this question and trying every scenario, the best success rate I have is when moving the cursor really slowly to the edge. but that's not a productive behavior)

I did try to change the pressure reveal option, as I understand should avoid unwanted dock reveals; however even with this option disabled the dock is too hard to reveal.

Note: when I select autohide and disable pressure reveal, the behavior is nice as long as the settings are open (or for a short period of time). But quickly after that I have a hard time revealing the dock.

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Disable pressure reveal, hide delay 200, unhide delay 0 and autohide is ggod for me, thanks for pressure reveal tip.

Not that much sure why is it not saving your settings permanently

  • I switched to Docky but it's not perfect either. I'll try again with Plank and your suggestions, thanks a lot! – Benoit Duffez Jun 13 '17 at 5:46
  • Still not good. Docky shows up instantly which cause lots of unwanted reveals. Plank is way to hard to trigger and I have to keep banging the cursor against the edge and shaking / waving / praying for the dock to show up. Still not as good as macOS unfortunately :( – Benoit Duffez Jun 16 '17 at 7:17

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