How To Restart The Dock In Mac OS When It Crashes

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Just the other day I was running a whole load of applications on my Macbook Pro, and I saw my memory usage and CPU usage spike up (it was due to a couple of Adobe AIR applications – Mac OS tends to be bad at running Flash and AIR). And right about then, I had leave, so I had to put my Macbook to sleep. Later, when I tried to wake up my Macbook, I found that my dock had disappeared and I couldn’t bring it back up. Using cmd+tab still worked and my various applications were still running fine, so I knew that it was a problem with the dock.

So I tried killing it with the following command. Just open Applications>Terminal, and type in the following command:

killall -KILL Dock

What this command does is to kill the dock process, and restart it. Voila – you now have a working dock again!

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Alvin Poh

I've over 17 years of entrepreneurship experience, having built a tech company to be the top in the country, which was subsequently acquired for an 8-figure sum. As CEO, I led the company through robust growth to 150 employees across 4 countries. After the acquisition, I embraced minimalism, sold off my personal possessions, and started living around the world.

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By Alvin Poh

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I've over 17 years of entrepreneurship experience, having built a tech company to be the top in the country, which was subsequently acquired for an 8-figure sum. As CEO, I led the company through robust growth to 150 employees across 4 countries. After the acquisition, I embraced minimalism, sold off my personal possessions, and started living around the world.

Read more about my story here.