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Add a Dock to Windows 7

Let us be honest, Windows is great but Mac is just cool, especially the trademark dock.

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Turns out that it is easy to add that cool dock to Windows.

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To make this happen you will need to download a dock app. RocketDock and Winstep Nexus are two such apps.

Both apps are light weight and easy to install. Simply a case of downloading the app, running the install and then dragging the icons you wish to use onto the dock.

Why use a Dock?

The answer is simple: Easy Access!

You can place links to the programmes and apps you use frequently on the dock.

The dock then works like the windows taskbar. You can set the dock to reside in a position of your choosing on your desktop. Depending on your settings, the dock then can hide until you pull your mouse pointer to the designated area of the screen or like the taskbar it can remain visible at all times.

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This then allows you to quickly access links to your apps saving time and effort.

Which Dock to Use?

Both RocketDock and Winstep Nexus really do the same thing and both do them well.

RocketDock Features

  • Minimize windows to the dock
  • Real-time window previews in Vista
  • Running application indicators
  • Simple drag-n-drop interface
    Multi-monitor support
  • Supports alpha-blended PNG and ICO icons
  • Icons zoom and transition smoothly
  • Auto-hide and Popup on mouse over
  • Positioning and layering options
  • Fully customizable
  • Completely Portable
  • ObjectDock Docklet support
  • Compatible with MobyDock, ObjectDock, RK Launcher, and Y'z Dock skins
  • Runs great on slower computers
  • Unicode compliant
  • Supports many languages and can easily be translated
  • A friendly user base :)
  • And best of all... its FREE!!!

Winstep Nexus Features

  • Display running applications on the dock with task grouping, filtering and icon customization options
  • Display system tray on the dock as single or grouped icons
  • Blur-Behind and colorization of dock backgrounds
  • Monitor active connections and bandwidth usage with Net Meter module
  • Get weather forecast for over 39,000 cities world-wide
  • Multiple mouse over effects: zoom, swing, bounce and more
  • Live icon reflections and animated water-like effects for reflections and dock backgrounds
  • Easily change appearance of icons of running programs and shortcuts by drag & dropping PNG, ICO and TIF files directly into the icon
  • Multi-monitor support
  • Compatible with skins for all 3rd party docks
  • Free

The Final Word

Both RocketDock and Winstep Nexus are brilliant apps. Once you get used to using a dock you will wonder how you ever managed without one.

4 comments:

Bob said...

Why is ObjectDock not here?
It has almost all the features listed here ( multiple monitor support, mouse-over effects, drag-n-drop, auto-hide, plenty of skins, running application indicators, weather forecasts, etc.) and maybe more if you pay for the full version (though I doubt many people have bought it).

Car said...

"Why is ObjectDock not here?"

Well because I like to write about apps I have personally used.... RocketDock I used for years, and now I use Winstep Nexus.

ObjectDock link: http://www.stardock.com/products/objectdock/

Bob said...

That makes sense. Why did you choose Winstep?

Car said...

I found Winstep when looking for an alternative to RocketDock which had multi-monitor support. As it has worked flawlessly since I installed it in Oct 2010, I have had no need to change. I did however upgrade from the free version for the benefit of added functionality of having shelves for commonly used folders and multi-dock objects.

As an aside, I am not particularly fond of stardock apps which is probably why I never tried objectdock.

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