You can tell which one is active by looking at the Menu Bar at the top.
The active display will be crisp and white while non-active displays will have a Menu Bar that's dimmed and translucent. One might expect that by clicking in a secondary display, the dock would jump over there.
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But it doesn't. My theory is that the dock doesn't jump between screens when you make a new one active because it may not need to. There doesn't seem to be any point in this kind of abrupt, possibly dizzying animation, especially without the user's consent. When the desktop reappears, your new monitor — in our example, the one on the left — will now contain the dock, active application windows, and any desktop icons.
To try it, simply move your mouse or trackpad cursor to the very bottom of the display where you want your dock to appear and hold it there. After a brief moment, the dock will slide down and out of sight on your primary display and then slide up into view on your other display.
As you can see in the screenshot above, our example Mac now has only the dock on the left monitor, while the desktop icons and active windows associated with your primary display configuration remain on the right monitor. Asked 5 years, 9 months ago. Active 2 months ago. Viewed k times. Brad Dwyer. Brad Dwyer Brad Dwyer 1, 2 2 gold badges 9 9 silver badges 12 12 bronze badges.
Remove menu bar from second monitor?
I know it's an old thread, but until today, I don't see the exact answer to do this. Sorry, but I can't post as an answer yet.. Nope, changing that setting via Terminal just doesn't seem to have any effect for me. Still jumps around when I move my cursor to the bottom of another screen unless I disable "Displays have separate spaces".
I am washing down anti-depressants with vodka because of this. How is this a feature! Does anyone use it? I mean has anyone actually said "I wish that dock thing would get in the way whenever I move near the bottom of the screen". This is very easy.
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Nice, that worked. Doesn't seem like they should be related but I'll gladly trade the Spaces flexibility to get rid of this annoyance. Unfortunately this turns off all of the new multi-monitor features multiple menu bars, single monitor full-screen mode, etc. Is there a way to only prevent the dock from jumping? I want my Spaces to be separate, though! Apple needs to implement Dock-Screen affinity.
Good riddance to "new multi-monitor features" I never use. Thank you for this tip! The worst thing about this is that there's a defaults write com. Dock position-immutable -bool yes hidden setting that you might assume would work, but nope. DavidK DavidK 3 3 silver badges 2 2 bronze badges. This is best answer for people who don't care about the dock.
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I use QuickSilver, and thus have no need for the dock. But having it semi-randomly jump all over the place was extremely annoying. Now it's nice and hidden away on the left side of my monitor group, and won't be going anywhere. I would be glad to be proven wrong here, but I've looked a bunch and not found a way Details: If monitors are arranged 'stacked' then the dock will be at bottom of the bottom monitor.