The Dock on our Mac is something we all use. I think that it’s great Apple made it fairly customizable, because I’ve never met someone that liked to leave it the way it appears by default. A new Mac has a large collection of Apple’s apps on the Dock, so it feels cluttered, and it’s not especially relevant from person to person, because I don’t know anyone that uses all of the Mac apps all the time….
Since the Dock is one of the first things we tweak, it’s also one of the most inefficient tools at times. People cram it full of all sorts of apps, then hunt and peck for what you want to use. I’ve seen most people do this, and it is distracting while they work to keep looking for the apps they want to use next.
The effective and streamlined way that I use the Dock I learned from Katie Floyd, one of my favorite podcasters. I believe it was episode #51(among others) of Mac Power Users’ that Katie described her system. More and more people are taking this approach to their Dock.