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I want Plank to work like the dock in Mac OS X (and Gnome Panel-Docklet 13) so that maximised windows won't cover the dock.

Doc in Mac OS X

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welcome to askubuntu. In order to get community members to answer your questions, they should contain all relevant information. In this case, you should explain what you mean by "Plank dock like in Macintosh", because some of us do not use Macs. A picture might be helpful. – xubuntix May 16 '12 at 8:58
@xubuntix I think he means he's trying to achieve an effect with the Plank such that maximized windows won't overlap with it onscreen. On Mac OS X, if you maximize a window, the bottom of the window only goes as far as the top of the dock, leaving the dock and wallpaper clearly visible. – Christopher Kyle Horton May 17 '12 at 4:10
I know you could do something like this with Docky, which the Plank is based on, but it's been a long time since I last used Docky and I don't know what changes to settings may have been made for the Plank since I don't use that either. – Christopher Kyle Horton May 17 '12 at 4:12
@mateo_salta that would raise the dock as well – Ashu May 18 '12 at 6:40
there must be another way though, I can set bottom margin in openbox with obconf – user77695 Jul 18 '12 at 6:04
up vote 1 down vote accepted

This works in cairo dock
Just selct Reserve space for dock
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Thats it.

Just as you wanted

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Install Cairo dock

By ppa

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:cairo-dock-team/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install cairo-dock cairo-dock-plug-ins

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Thank you!!!!!!!!! – Lum TechBuilder May 19 '12 at 9:48
@LumTechBuilder Glad to help – Ashu May 19 '12 at 9:50

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