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RocketDock Desktop Environment

October 11, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Here are a couple screen captures of my new RocketDock desktop environment running on Windows XP.

MyWindowsXPRocketDockDesktop

RocketDock is basically a docking application, similar to the one that comes with the Leopard OS. You can download replacement skins, high-resolution icons, and ‘docklets’ – sub-apps that run under RocketDock.

You can get RocketDock and all the extras from here:
http://rocketdock.com/

This docking program is completely free and highly customizable. I would strongly suggest it for Windows users.

mywindowsrockdetdocktheme2-2

With a little tweaking, you can remove all your desktop icons (like recycle bin, my computer, etc…) and hide your Start Menu and Taskbar to get a nice clean look. (I used TweakUI from Microsoft to do this but if you’re up to it, you can locate the appropriate registry files to modify through run/regedit.)

I’m using this on my Acer Aspire One netbook, but I think this would look even better on a desktop computer with a large monitor.

Just a side note on functionality:
If you do actually end up using RocketDock, you might want to set up the Windows task bar to double thickness on whatever side of the screen you have your new dock displayed on so that your dock will not overlap your window (unless you roll-over the icons). Without experimenting with RocketDock you will probably not know what I’m talking about – but if you do get to this point, here are some step-by-step instructions to easily space your fully-maximized window from your dock to decrease accidental interference.

  1. Right-click anywhere on the dock, highlight ‘Screen Position’, and click ‘Right’.
  2. Right click on the Windows taskbar and make sure that ‘Lock the Taskbar’ is unchecked.
  3. Hover your mouse on the thin line separating the taskbar from the desktop – click and drag your taskbar up so it’s twice as thick as before.
  4. Right click on the Windows taskbar and click off ‘Lock the Taskbar’.
  5. Use whatever program you have, and hide the Windows taskbar.
  6. Right click anywhere on your RocketDock, highlight ‘Screen Position’, and click ‘Bottom’.

Now all you should see is your new RocketDock at the bottom of your desktop. When you open a program (for example, Google Chrome) and fully maximize, the program will fill your window up until the point of wherever you set the *now invisible* Windows taskbar. This is a very easy and quick way to set up your desktop to look and work great. If you want your dock to be on the right, left, or top just repeat the steps for whatever side you want it on. Super easy! Have fun…

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Categories: OS Modification
  1. October 11, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    i will be utilizing this technology

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