Just as the Finder has replacement options– some better for more money, some not so potent for less money– the Dock has options; not the built-in kind, but the replacement kind. Can you replace the Mac’s Dock and still live a full and rich life?
Features vs. Free
One of my favorite Dock replacements is Tab Launcher, which is highly customizable and highly affordable. If you’re not into all that control but still deign the Dock itself, take a look at ActiveDock.
If choice is King, then customization is the new age prince of, well, something worthwhile.
The dock in macOS Mojave is useful for Mac beginners but isn’t exactly friendly to power users who love the keyboard and hate point and click but revel in the love of configuration and complexity. That’s Active Dock.
The app groups apps and docks and makes switching between them far easier than Command-Tab. Not only that, ActiveDock provides the near ultimate in Dock customization. You already know how to use Active Dock.
Use it to make the Dock match your colorful and unique personality to a level of efficiency not seen on the Mac since Quicksilver (which you could use to become the ultimate Mac power user, skip the Dock entirely, and do it all for free).
ActiveDock’s standard license is $19.99 for a year. Or, $49.99 for a Lifetime subscription (I’m not sure whose lifetime).
Is that too much to pay for customization and built-in custom theme options that make the Dock what it is not? Unique. Since everything is point and click anywhere, I’m not sure how ActiveDock lets you find Dock apps faster, but I will need more time with the trial version.
Yes, there is a trial version so you can see how customizable ActiveDock can be. It must be worthwhile. It comes with a Start Menu.
Personally, I don’t care for the Dock, customization options notwithstanding; and it does take effort to make it customizable and more efficient, but even better than that is to go the power user route and keep your hands on the Mac’s keyboard (Quicksilver is the best for that).