New Apps Keep Being Added To My Mac Doc

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Applies to: Windows 10 (Semi-Annual Channel)

When you update a computer running Windows 10, version 1703 or 1709, you might see provisioned apps that you previously removed return post-update. This can happen if the computer was offline when you removed the apps. This issue was fixed in Windows 10, version 1803.

Jan 16, 2019  If you want to permanently add a currently-running app to your Dock: Right-click or Control-click on the app icon in the Dock.; Select Options under the drop-down menu.; Click on Keep in Dock.; You can alternatively just drag the icon to a different position in your Dock, which will automatically save it as a favorite shortcut. Jun 23, 2019  After upgrading to macOS Mojave, you may notice that extra icons appear and remain in your Dock even after you quit the applications. This is due to a new feature in Mojave that Apple hopes will make accessing frequently used applications easier. But if you prefer to manage your Mac's own Dock and don't want extra icons cluttering it up, here's how to turn recent application icons off in Mojave.

Note

  • This issue only occurs after a feature update (from one version to the next), not monthly updates or security-related updates.
  • This only applies to first-party apps that shipped with Windows 10. This doesn't apply to third-party apps, Microsoft Store apps, or LOB apps.
  • This issue can occur whether you removed the app using Remove-appxprovisionedpackage or Get-AppxPackage -allusers Remove-AppxPackage -Allusers.

To remove a provisioned app, you need to remove the provisioning package. The apps might reappear if you removed the packages in one of the following ways:

  • If you removed the packages while the wim file was mounted when the device was offline.
  • If you removed the packages by running a PowerShell cmdlet on the device while Windows was online. Although the apps won't appear for new users, you'll still see the apps for the user account you signed in as.

When you remove a provisioned app, we create a registry key that tells Windows not to reinstall or update that app the next time Windows is updated. If the computer isn't online when you deprovision the app, then we don't create that registry key. (This behavior is fixed in Windows 10, version 1803. If you're running Windows 10, version 1709, apply the latest security update to fix it.)

Note

If you remove a provisioned app while Windows is online, it's only removed for new users—the user that you signed in as will still have that provisioned app. That's because the registry key created when you deprovision the app only applies to new users created after the key is created. This doesn't happen if you remove the provisioned app while Windows is offline.

To prevent these apps from reappearing at the next update, manually create a registry key for each app, then update the computer.

Create registry keys for deprovisioned apps

Use the following steps to create a registry key:

  1. Identify any provisioned apps you want removed. Record the package name for each app.
  2. Create a .reg file to generate a registry key for each app. Use this list of Windows 10, version 1709 registry keys as your starting point.
    1. Paste the list of registry keys into Notepad (or a text editor).
    2. Remove the registry keys belonging to the apps you want to keep. For example, if you want to keep the Bing Weather app, delete this registry key:
    3. Save the file with a .txt extension, then right-click the file and change the extension to .reg.
  3. Double-click the .reg file to create the registry keys. You can see the new keys in HKLMpath-to-reg-keys.

You're now ready to update your computer. After the update, check the list of apps in the computer to confirm the removed apps are still gone.

Package names for apps provisioned in Windows 10, version 1709

Displayed app namePackage name
Microsoft.3DBuilderMicrosoft.3DBuilder_15.2.10821.1000_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
Microsoft.BingWeatherMicrosoft.BingWeather_4.23.10923.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
Microsoft.DesktopAppInstallerMicrosoft.DesktopAppInstaller_1.10.16004.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
Microsoft.GetHelpMicrosoft.GetHelp_10.1706.1811.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
Microsoft.GetstartedMicrosoft.Getstarted_5.12.2691.1000_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
Microsoft.HEVCVideoExtensionMicrosoft.HEVCVideoExtension_1.0.2512.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe
Microsoft.MessagingMicrosoft.Messaging_2018.124.707.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
Microsoft.Microsoft3DViewerMicrosoft.Microsoft3DViewer_3.1803.29012.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
Microsoft.MicrosoftOfficeHubMicrosoft.MicrosoftOfficeHub_2017.715.118.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
Microsoft.MicrosoftSolitaireCollectionMicrosoft.MicrosoftSolitaireCollection_3.18.12091.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotesMicrosoft.MicrosoftStickyNotes_2.1.18.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
Microsoft.MSPaintMicrosoft.MSPaint_4.1803.21027.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
Microsoft.Office.OneNoteMicrosoft.Office.OneNote_2015.9126.21251.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
Microsoft.OneConnectMicrosoft.OneConnect_3.1708.2224.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
Microsoft.PeopleMicrosoft.People_2017.1006.1846.1000_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
Microsoft.Print3DMicrosoft.Print3D_1.0.2422.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
Microsoft.SkypeAppMicrosoft.SkypeApp_12.1811.248.1000_neutral_~_kzf8qxf38zg5c
Microsoft.StorePurchaseAppMicrosoft.StorePurchaseApp_11802.1802.23014.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
Microsoft.WalletMicrosoft.Wallet_1.0.16328.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
Microsoft.Windows.PhotosMicrosoft.Windows.Photos_2018.18022.15810.1000_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
Microsoft.WindowsAlarmsMicrosoft.WindowsAlarms_2017.920.157.1000_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
Microsoft.WindowsCalculatorMicrosoft.WindowsCalculator_2017.928.0.1000_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
Microsoft.WindowsCameraMicrosoft.WindowsCamera_2017.1117.10.1000_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
microsoft.windowscommunicationsappsmicrosoft.windowscommunicationsapps_2015.9126.21425.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
Microsoft.WindowsFeedbackHubMicrosoft.WindowsFeedbackHub_2018.323.50.1000_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
Microsoft.WindowsMapsMicrosoft.WindowsMaps_2017.1003.1829.1000_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
Microsoft.WindowsSoundRecorderMicrosoft.WindowsSoundRecorder_2017.928.5.1000_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
Microsoft.WindowsStoreMicrosoft.WindowsStore_11803.1001.613.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
Microsoft.Xbox.TCUIMicrosoft.Xbox.TCUI_1.8.24001.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
Microsoft.XboxAppMicrosoft.XboxApp_39.39.21002.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
Microsoft.XboxGameOverlayMicrosoft.XboxGameOverlay_1.24.5001.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
Microsoft.XboxIdentityProviderMicrosoft.XboxIdentityProvider_2017.605.1240.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
Microsoft.XboxSpeechToTextOverlayMicrosoft.XboxSpeechToTextOverlay_1.21.13002.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
Microsoft.ZuneMusicMicrosoft.ZuneMusic_2019.18011.13411.1000_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe
Microsoft.ZuneVideoMicrosoft.ZuneVideo_2019.17122.16211.1000_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe

Registry keys for provisioned apps

Your Mac comes with a small panel along the edge of the screen called the Dock: It lets you quickly access your favorite apps, files, and folders, as well as any actively-running apps. When you save an item to the Dock, you can access it at any time by clicking on it.

By default, most of Apple's built-in apps start with shortcuts saved in the Dock, but you can also remove those shortcuts and add your own. You can also customize the Dock to fit your preferences. Here's how.

What is the Dock, and what gets displayed there?

The Dock has been with the Mac for over a decade, now: It offers you a quick way to access the Finder (your Mac's underlying filesystem) as well as your currently running applications, favorite apps, favorite files or folders, and the Trash.

When you first set up your Mac, your Dock lives along the bottom of your screen in a translucent rectangle; if you don't like its positioning, you can move it to the left or right of the screen, or have it automatically hide whenever you're not interacting with it. Items are organized as follows, left to right:

  • The Finder
  • Favorite app shortcuts
  • Currently-running apps (you can also choose in the Dock preferences whether you want to view an indicator (a little black dot) for currently-open apps)
  • Favorite files or folders
  • The Trash

Though you can shuffle the position of app shortcuts in the Dock, you can't move the Finder or Trash — they live on opposite ends of the Dock, respectively — nor can you mix file shortcuts with apps in the same section.

How to add apps to the Dock on your Mac

  1. Launch a Finder window from your Dock.
  2. Click on Applications in the sidebar.

  3. Select an app and drag it to the Dock.
  4. Let go of the app while it hovers over the Dock.

If you want to permanently add a currently-running app to your Dock:

  1. Right-click or Control-click on the app icon in the Dock.
  2. Select Options under the drop-down menu.
  3. Click on Keep in Dock.

You can alternatively just drag the icon to a different position in your Dock, which will automatically save it as a favorite shortcut. Image stitching software free.

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How to add files and folders to the Dock on your Mac

Files and folders can also be saved to your Dock, but they can only be stored on the far right of the Dock, after your app shortcuts. The Dock has a demarcating line that separates apps from files and folders, so you won't mix them up.

  1. Launch a Finder window from your Dock.
  2. Select a file or folder from its location on your Mac and drag it to the right side of the Dock.
  3. Let go of the file or folder while it hovers over the right side of the Dock.

How to remove apps, files, and folders from the Dock on your Mac

If you don't want a particular app, file or folder in your Dock anymore, you can remove it with just one gesture. Note that this doesn't remove the item from your computer, it just removes the shortcut from the Dock; you can always re-add the app or folder by following the steps above.

  1. Select an app, file, or folder and drag it out of the Dock.

    When it is hovering over your desktop, you will see the word Remove appear above the app, file, or folder.

  2. Let go of the app, file, or folder. It will disappear from the Dock.

  3. Repeat the steps above to remove all items you no longer want to kept in the Dock.

Note: If you do this on a currently-open app, it will continue to stay in the Dock until you Quit the application, at which point it will disappear.

How to organize the Dock on your Mac

You can rearrange the placement of apps, files, and folders in your Dock so they are in alphabetical order, color-coordinated, or however you like.

Note: You can't move the Finder or Trash icons to the far left and right of the Dock respectively. They are anchored to the Dock because of their importance to the system.

  1. Select an app, file, or folder in the Dock.
  2. Drag it to a new location in the Dock.
  3. Let go of the app, file, or folder while it hovers over the new location in the Dock.

How to change the Dock's size on your Mac

You can adjust the size of the dock so that icons are larger or smaller on your screen.

  1. Click on the Apple icon in the upper left corner of your Mac's screen.
  2. Select System Preferences from the drop down menu.

  3. Click on Dock.
  4. Drag the Size slider to the left or right to increase or decrease the size of the Dock.

  5. Tick the box for Magnification to enable an animation that makes the items in the Dock that your cursor hovers over larger.
  6. Drag the Magnification slider to the left or right to increase or decrease how large the icons grow when your cursor hovers over them.

How to change the Dock's orientation on your Mac

You can display the Dock on the bottom, right, or left side of your screen.

  1. Click on the Apple icon in the upper left corner of your Mac's screen.
  2. Select System Preferences from the drop down menu.

  3. Click on Dock.
  4. Select Left, Bottom, or Right to change the orientation of the Dock.

How to automatically hide or show the Dock on your Mac

On smaller laptop screens, every bit of screen space is valuable. If you don't want the Dock getting in the way of your productivity, you can keep it hidden until you want to access it, at which point, you can call it back up by hovering your cursor over the place where it normally resides.

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  1. Click on the Apple icon in the upper left corner of your Mac's screen.
  2. Select System Preferences from the drop down menu.

  3. Click on Dock.
  4. Tick the box for Automatically hide and show the Dock.

How to hide recent applications on the Dock on macOS Mojave

Much like iOS on the iPad, macOS Mojave puts users' recently-used applications in a special section of the Dock. If this doesn't sound like your cup of tea, it's easy enough to turn off.

  1. Open System Preferences from your Dock or Applications folder.
  2. Click Dock.

  3. Click the checkbox next to Show recent applications in Dock so that the check disappears (it's on by default).

You can check the box if you decide you want to use this feature.

Bonus: Pro tips for using the Dock

  • You can change the size of the Dock by positioning the cursor over the Dock divider that separates apps from files and folders. The cursor will change to a double-sided arrow; click and drag to increase or decrease the size of the Dock.

  • You can change the location of the Dock by holding down the shift key, clicking on that divider, and dragging the Dock to the left, bottom, or right sides of the screen.

  • If you'd like to keep an app that's open in the Dock permanently, right or control-click the icon in the Dock, select Options and select Keep in Dock.

  • If you want to add spacers between apps, there's a Terminal command to do so.

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