How to Show Or Hide Recent Apps from Dock on Mac Monterey

Last Updated on May 17, 2022

Carefully read these hidden features, If you loved to manage the apps and folders on the Mac and want to prevent the desktop from cluttering then this tutorial is beneficial for you. I hope you know about Stacks and how to use stacks in Mac, which is used to arrange the folders and files so that the desktop doesn’t get messed up. In this article, we will see another way to avoid chaos on your Mac’s Dock by hiding the recent apps from the dock in macOS 12 Monterey or earlier.

By default recently used apps in macOS Monterey are enabled but there is a straightforward way by which you can remove recent apps from the dock.

Let’s begin with how to hide or remove a new dock in macOS Monterey.

As you can see there are three recently used applications are present between the Trash and other apps. A white line separates these three apps so one can easily find the recently used apps.

MacOS: Recently Used App Showing on Dock

Step #1: Click on the “Apple” menu.

Step #2: From the list select “System Preferences.”

2 System Preferences on Mac

Step #3: Open “Dock & Menu Bar” after selecting System Preferences.


Step #4: Now, to hide the recent dock on MacBook Pro Or MacBook Air or iMac you have to uncheck the option “Show recent applications in Dock.”


Suppose you want to use this option or Sections back on the dock, Keep Checked. And See an instant effect on your Mac’s dock.

Also Helpful: Hide & Show Menu Bar on Mac on Full Screen.

You can see there are different options available such as Size, Magnification, Position on-screen, Automatically hide and show the Dock, and much more.

They are by default adjusted by the macOS Monterey to ensure reliable user response. However, if you are not satisfied with the default settings, then you can change them right from that Dock menu.

So after that, all the recent apps will be hidden from the dock in your MacBook. It is straightforward to go back if you want to see current applications in the dock.

More Tips: How to Customize Dock on Mac

Follow the same above steps and then enable Show Recent Applications in Dock. Make your Desktop more clear and less confusing while working on multiple apps simultaneously.

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