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To customize your dock, there are two paths into the settings menu:
1.) Click on the Help & Support Help icon on the dock, then click on Customize Your Dock icon.

Help & Support - Customize Your Dock.

2.) Right click on the dock and select any of these: "Change dock location...", "change dock color...", or "Advanced settings".

You can change various settings to customize your Dock, including: changing the location (i.e. left edge, top edge (default), right edge, bottom), changing how the Dock behaves and changing the color, text and icons
in your Dock.

Customize Your Dock.

Changing Dock Location and Display Behavior

The location of the Dell Dock can be moved from its default position (top of monitor) to either the left side, right side or bottom of the screen. To change the location, (if not already selected) click on "Change dock location and display behavior". The box represents your monitor & the horizontal & vertical bars are where the dock can be placed. As you move your cursor over the bars on the menu, a pop-up message will tell you where the dock will be placed. Click on the desired location and the Dell Dock will be moved to that location.

Change location of the dock.

Scrolling Behavior

If you add more icons than will fit on the dock, you will receive a message that says "Scrolling Now Active" and arrows will appear on both ends of the dock. Clicking these arrows will allow you to scroll through all the icons on the dock.

If you don't want to be asked this question again in the future, check the box next to "Don't ask me this question again".  Click Ok or Close to close the message box.

Dock in vertical position.
Scrolling Now Active. You will receive this message & arrows will appear at ends of
the Dock if the number of icons exceeds the Dock’s capacity.

Changing Display Behavior

Changing the display behavior allows you to auto-hide the Dock, so that only a small portion of the Dock is visible and the main part of the Dock moves out of the way. Another option allows you to bring the Dock out in front of window(s) that maybe blocking all or part of it. Then you can send it to the back, behind the application window so you can continue what you were doing.

Change Display Behavior.


Autohide will slide your dock off the screen so that only a small portion of the dock is visible. To make the dock fully visible, move your cursor to that edge of the screen. It will slide out from the edge, until you click on an icon or click on your desktop. Then it will slide back off the desktop. 

To select this option, check the box next to "Autohide to edge", then click on the desktop and the menu will close as the dock slides off the edge of the screen.  To cancel this option with the menu still open, click the Close button to close the menu. 

To stop the dock from autohiding, move the cursor to the edge, after the dock appears, right click on it & select "Change dock location", then uncheck "Autohide to edge" and click on the desktop.  This will close the menu and the dock will remain visible.

Visible dock. Normal visible dock - on top edge of screen.

Dock hidden using Autohide. Dock hidden - move the cursor to the edge of the monitor to make it fully visible.

Bring to Top When Mouse Nears Edge

Normally, the dock will be hidden behind applications that block it (i.e. full or partial screen). This feature (on by default) allows you to have the dock hidden when an application window covers it. But when you move the cursor to the edge of the screen (for a few seconds) where the dock is, the dock will appear above (in front of) the window. Clicking on a dock icon or moving the cursor away from the dock, hides it behind the window. 

Dock behind window. Dock is behind an active window.

Dock in front of active window. Dock in front of active window - cursor over Videos icon.

To turn this feature off, uncheck the box "Bring to top when mouse nears edge", then click on the desktop to close the menu.

To turn the feature back on, check the "Bring to top when mouse nears edge", then click on the desktop to close the menu.

Changing the Color

You can change the color of your Dock by clicking on "Change the color" on the Customize Your Dock menu. A color palette will appear with a number of basic colors to choose from. Moving the cursor over each color will display what color it is (i.e. Royal Blue, Lime Green, Lilac, ...). Clicking on any of the colors will immediately change the color of the dock and menu.

Color palette.

Custom Colors

Clicking the box in the lower, right hand corner opens a custom menu for creating your own color. You can change the Hue (i.e. tint), Saturation (i.e. purity of color) and Brightness. As you move the slider icon, the color of the menu & dock will change. You will notice how the sliders are in different positions for each color you choose. When you are satisfied with your changes, click OK to apply them. (You can also click Cancel or Close to abort any changes.)

Colorize your dock.