Have you ever glanced over the shoulder of a Mac user and seen the nifty little bar of icons at the bottom of their screen? This is known as a "dock." For those of you that haven't seen this, a dock is simply a bar that can be set to the edge of your screen with a background and a row of shortcut icons. The function of a dock is to bring quick access to these shortcuts in an organized fashion relieving your desktop of clutter. It acts much like the Quick Launch, pointing each icon to the original folder or file.
Note: RocketDock does not remove, replace, store, duplicate, or backup any of the items you drag into the dock. You should never delete the original items. Dock shortcuts are not stored as files and cannot be dragged back onto the desktop or anywhere else.
Please note that Windows XP x64 Edition, Windows Vista 64-bit Editions, Windows 7 64-bit Editions, and alternate shells are not supported.
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The first thing most people want to do after installing RocketDock is add new items. There are a few different ways of doing this:
You can simply drag -n- drop a new item into RocketDock from almost any location; your desktop, an Explorer window, the Quick Launch Bar, and the Start Menu.
Another way to add items is by right clicking on RocketDock and viewing the "Add Item" menu.
From here you have a few options to choose from and each will add a different type of item to RocketDock. Let's break each one down.
Docklets are like mini applications that do one task and run inside RocketDock. They vary from system meters for RAM usage to a Recycle Bin item that changes the icon depending on whether the system Recycle Bin is full or empty. You can add docklets to RocketDock by dropping them in the RocketDock Docklets folder located at:
C:\Program Files\RocketDock\Docklets (default location)
Afterwards right click on RocketDock and in the "Add Item" menu there will now be additional options to add each docklet you have in the folder.
Note: RocketDock has support for ObjectDock docklets only.
Items on the dock can be rearranged by simply dragging them around. You can change the way each item looks on RocketDock by simply right clicking on an item you want to change and selecting "Icon Settings."
From here you will now see the Icon Settings window where you can change the properties of your item.
Here you will see a list of all the folders you currently have in your RocketDock Icons directory located at:
C:\Program Files\RocketDock\Icons (default location)
You can add any icons to this folder and have them available. The - and + buttons allow you to add and remove folder directories that do not appear in your RocketDock Icons folder.
This pane will show you a preview of all the icons available in the folder you have selected in the Folders section. The drop down menu below the Icons list (usually showing "Normal Icon" grayed out) is used for different icon states. This is most commonly used for the Recycle Bin full and empty icons.
You can see which icon you have selected to use for your item.
Here is where you change how your item title displays, where the item links to, and other special actions are available.
You can remove items from RocketDock two different ways. The first is simply dragging the item off RocketDock and dropping it on your desktop. It will then simply vanish. The second is right clicking on the item and using the "Delete Item" option.
You can remove separators in the same fashion. Docklets can only be removed by dragging them out of RocketDock.
Note: RocketDock does not store its shortcuts as files. If you drag an item off the dock there is no way to undo.
You can drag files and folders into the items on your dock.
If you drag a file/folder into an application item it will launch and load the file/folder if that application supports it. For example if you drag a PNG onto a Photoshop shortcut it will launch and load that image.
If you drag a file/folder into a folder item then it will be copied into that folder. Each item will react the same way as an item would on your desktop.
If you drag files/folders into an item that points to the Recycle Bin they will be deleted.
If you have enabled "Minimize Windows to the Dock" in General Settings, your minimized windows will show up as icons on your dock. These window icons can be dragged around for rearranging, but cannot be deleted or closed by dragging off the dock. In Windows Vista, they will be rendered as a real-time preview if you have Desktop Composition enabled in your Windows performance settings and the ability to use Aero Glass.
You can open or close a window by right-clicking on the window icon and selecting "Open Window" or "Close Window." By default the window will be opened if you simply click on it.
You can prevent a specific window from ever minimizing to the dock by holding Control+Alt+Shift when you minimize it for the the first time. This will ensure that your favorite media player or chat client will minimize to the taskbar or system tray as you would expect. This can be undone by repeating the process. If you want to temporarily prevent a window minimizing to the dock just hold Control as you minimize the window.
You can access a few of the different options by right clicking on RocketDock.
You can choose Screen Position, Locking Icons, Monitor, and AutoHiding. You can also see a shortcut to the Dock Settings, so adding this item to RocketDock is not necessary.
In the Dock Settings window you will find a "Defaults" button,
this will reset all RocketDock settings back to how they were when you
first installed RocketDock.
Note: This will not effect any of your items.
If for whatever reason you cannot access RocketDock's Settings and need to completely reset RocketDock to "factory default" settings/icons, follow these steps:
You can hide RocketDock and stop it from rendering completely by pressing Control+Alt+R. Press it again to make RocketDock appear.