How to Fix a Disappearing Dock in macOS Ventura/Monterey/Big Sur

Updated by Cedric on Dec 05, 2022
Written by Dany
  | Computer Instruction
"I have Mac Sierra. My Mac Dock disappeared with the apple pull-down menu, system preferences, finder, mail, etc." - A user case from Apple Community.

The ready-to-release macOS Ventura has already received expectations from many Mac users. Some users encounter various issues when trying to upgrade to macOS Ventura Beta. The Mac's Dock disappearing after the upgrade is a frequently mentioned issue. Some users claim that the Dock on their Mac repeatedly vanishes, requiring them to restart their laptops daily.

The Reasons Why Your Dock Disappeared on Mac

The Dock can be invisible on the screen by default. When your Mac Dock disappears from the Desktop, one of these things usually causes it:

System errors: Dock disappeared on Mac

The first reason is the error or incompatibility between the macOS and the software. For instance, the update to macOS Ventura has witnessed users' dissatisfaction with altering their settings automatically, so the Dock disappears accidentally.

Mac System Error

Dock concealing setting by default

Knowing that the Dock won't appear if you're using full-screen mode is vital. You may also see if your Dock automatically hides by sliding your mouse over the bottom border of your screen and watching to see if it pops back up.

Concealing Setting

Dock disappears from the bugs of the software

Your Mac pre-installs some of the most frequently used programs in the Dock. Additionally, you can choose other programs appearing in the Dock. Thus, when your Dock disappears, think about your selected programs that may have bugs. The bugs might negatively impact the system running so that the Dock on Mac disappears.

Fix a Dock on Mac Disappeared in 6 Ways

The Dock provides a convenient way to reach your apps. So you could find it frustrating when the Dock on Mac is missing. Here's how to solve this problem.

Before starting the step-by-step guide, you can watch the following tutorial video about methods for fixing the Mac Dock disappeared.

  1. 0:09 - Customize Dock on Mac
  2. 0:30 - System Preference Dock
  3. 0:41 - Dock in Menu Bar
  4. 1:30 - Enable Magnification
  5. 1:46 - Adjusting the Height of the Dock

If you still have no idea to fix the problem, please read the literal step-by-step guide below.

Method 1. Restart the Mac to reappear the Mac Dock

Restarting your Mac is sometimes the first option when macOS gets stuck, which is upsetting. The Dock ought immediately to return to normal once your Mac has restarted. If it doesn't work, keep reading this article and resort to other methods below.

Method 2. Fix a disappearing Dock by restarting the Dock

Step 1. Click on your desktop screen until the top-left "Finder" menu appears.

Finder File

Step 2. Select "File." and choose "New Finder Window".

Step 3. Click the folder for "Utilities."

Terminal

Step 4. Start the Terminal.

Step 5. Type "killall Dock" into the Terminal window to stop the Dock and restart it automatically.

Type Killall Dock

Method 3. Fix a disappearing Dock on Mac in system preferences

By following these steps, you can set your Apple menu on Mac:

Step 1. Click the Apple logo on the top left of your Mac's Desktop and find the option: system preferences.

System Preferences

Step 2. Click Dock & Menu Bar.

Step 3. Deselect the "Automatically hide and show the Dock".

Deselect the Option

Method 4. Press the option keys to unhide the Dock

If you mistakenly press the hotkey for the setting, "Option - Command - D", you may activate the Mac Dock disappeared. Change the location to reappear the Dock by pressing "Option - Command - D" once again to put Mac Dock back and in its always-visible position.

The Option Keys

Method 5. Resetting the fullscreen mode to restore Dock on Mac

After applying these methods, if the Mac Dock still disappears, check to ensure Full-Screen mode is not active. Due to the currently open window, your Dock will be invisible when in Full-Screen mode.

Move your cursor to the top of your screen to quit full-screen mode. The "Close" and "Full-Screen" buttons and the top Navigation Bar will reappear to get the Dock back.

Full Screen Mode

Method 6. Upgrade to the latest version of macOS

Every year, Apple produces macOS updates, the operating system that runs on your Mac. The yearly Apple Mac update frequently includes improvements, while the previous OS versions may suffer from bugs and errors. So, downloading macOS Ventura, the latest version, can be a great solution to fix the Mac Dock disappeared and make the programs on Mac much smoother.

Bonus Tips: How to Recover Deleted Files on Mac

Besides the Dock disappearance issue, other problems possibly impact your Mac after updating. For example, your macOS Ventura won't boot after updating. Then, it would help if you were careful about your data security because wrongly updated processes might cause your files and data loss. As for your Mac data recovery, here is a great helper: EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac.

Check the steps and learn how to use it to recover deleted files on macOS Ventura.

Step 1. Select the drive to be scanned

In the main EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard window, there will be a list of the drives connected to your Mac. Select the drive you need to recover lost/deleted files from, and click the "Search for lost files" button.

select a location and scan for lost Mac data

Step 2. Select your lost data/files

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac will immediately scan your selected disk volume and display the scanning results on the left pane. You can sort the results to find the wanted files if you are looking for certain files.

Select your lost data/files

Step 3. Recover lost/deleted data

Once you have found the desired files, preview the files and then click "Recover" to begin the recovery of your deleted/lost Mac files.

recover lost Mac data

Final thoughts

Your Mac's Dock keeps disappearing is a common problem for Mac users. If you also have this problem, you can fix it using the techniques described on the page below. We sincerely hope these easy methods might assist you in making your Dock visible once more. Moreover, your Mac devices could run well to protect your data safely with the helpful tool - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac.

Mac Dock Disappeared FAQs

Here, we included four questions that you may be interested in. Check and find the answers here.

1. How to keep the Mac Dock appearing on screen?

Open the Apple Logo > System Preferences > Dock or Dock & Menu Bar to keep your Mac Dock visible. Select the location on the screen where your Dock will appear, then uncheck the box that says 'Automatically hide and reveal the Dock.'

2. Why does my Dock keeps disappearing on Mac?

  1. 1. Click "Go" in the Finder menu bar while holding down the Option key.
  2. 2. Access the Library folder.
  3. 3. Select Preferences from the menu.
  4. 4. Locate the "com.apple.dock.plist" file.
  5. 5. Transfer the file to the Trash, then restart your computer.

3. How do I keep the Dock visible on Mac full screen?

You should leave full-screen mode if you want the Dock to stop disappearing because there is no way to make it always visible in full-screen mode.

4. Why is my Dock not working on Mac?

Your Dock may not operate for various reasons, including file corruption, program compatibility issues, and macOS problems.

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