Mac users, hello! Let’s argue about which side of your screen is best for your dock. (PC users, please ignore this piece and don’t make fun of us.)
General consensus is that only filthy casuals leave the dock on the bottom, where it eats up too much precious vertical real estate. In a Reddit thread about dock placement, the top commenter, a bottom-pinner, literally asks for forgiveness. Bottom dock users point out that with auto-hide, real estate isn’t an issue. And who needs the dock when you can launch your apps with Spotlight?
Apple historian Stephen Hackett prefers the right side, next to the bit of the desktop where OS X automatically new files. He calls bottom docks “a waste of precious vertical space”, and finds auto-hide disorienting. He nudges his dock down to the lower-right corner for more space.
iDownloadBlog writer Jeff Benjamin created a six-minute video to argue for the left side. It boils down to three points, in decreasing order of sense:
- Vertical real estate is precious, yadda yadda.
- Most people are right-handed, so their hand favours the right side of the trackpad, so a left-side dock doesn’t get in the way.
- English speakers read left-to-right, so putting the dock on the left is like putting it at the “start”.
I present Benjamin’s full video below, to pad out my post and make it look visually interesting:
AppAdvice blogger Daniel Celeste defends the bottom dock, pointing out that if you tile multiple windows across your desktop, horizontal space can be more precious. And if you’re juggling multiple screens, only a bottom dock will show up on all of them.
One of these bloggers is right. Two of them are wrong. The choice is yours.