I am going to start a series of Tips and Tricks For Circle Dock.
Although some of these may seem natural, many (like myself) just do not know until it is pointed out.
So I am going to start with something simple.
Quick Launch Menu In Circle Dock:
This is an adaption of an article from How To Geek "Add the Quick Launch Bar to the Taskbar in Windows 7" So Windows 7 users will be especially interested in this Trick as Quick Launch was removed in the Windows 7 OS.
Note for Windows 7 users:
The Quick Launch folder still exists...so all those install programs that ask if you want a shortcut in your Quick Launch still apply, just you will never know it is there.
Users of Windows XP and Vista will be happy as this Trick will clear up some space on the task bar and essentially move the Quick Launch Option to Circle Dock Via the Stacks Addon Option.
I am lazy by nature so I look for the simplest solution possible.
I could easily have you open a new Stack folder, then bring up the Stack options and then navigate through the AppData folder (If you can find it) and link to the Quick Launch folder, but this is too much trouble
So a few simple step by step.
You are going to need to copy the following address string:
%appdata%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch
Bring up a Window.
In My Case I just click on My Computer
Paste the above code in to your address bar in the window and hit ENTER:
Once you hit enter 2 things of importance should happen:
- 1.) The Quick Launch Folder Should be Shown in the Window
- 2.) A full address to the folder location should be highlighted in the window address bar.
In my case I get:
C:\Users\User Name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch
The above address can be utilized directly in Vista and 7, but I believe that address to be a bit different in XP.
If you wish to utilize the address above...Make sure you re-place the User Name appropriately!
Now over to Circle Dock:
Create a Stack folder by Right clicking and Choosing ADD > Folder Stack
This should bring up the following Properties window:
Go ahead and Change the "Name" to "Quick Launch"
And then Click Finish.
Circle Dock will Now Show a default folder Stack Icon.
Now we need to change the Stack Settings and add the last Saved Folder address.
to do this: Hold down Control and left Click the new Quick Launch Stack Icon (ctrl+click)
Now in the "Folder" Location right click and paste in the previously copied folder address.
Then chose which "Mode" you prefer....I have chosen "Grid"
Then Click "OK"
You now have a stack menu of your Quick Launch, that will automatically update shortcuts as they are added and removed from the Quick Launch Folder
Absolutely ensure that you do have the The "Silently Delete Broken Links" Option turned OFF!!!
Or I guarantee the next time you start Circle Dock you are going to be PO'ed, as it will wipe out this Stack!
I apologize to XP users as I have abandoned XP, Vista and all 32 bit OS.
So someone with XP may have to make an additional post to correct any discrepancies in address and so forth.
It is my hope that others will come forward with their tips and tricks and add them to these forums as well.
Circle Dock is infinitely capable of so much, and our beloved Markham is kicking himself to make it better all the time.
In my Next few Tips and Tricks posts I will be doing the following:
NirCmd as a third party Addon...I am going to make Windows dance!
CLamp as a third party Addon for controlling Winamp (You are going to dig this )
AutoIt as a third party Addon for scripting stuff
How to add God Mode and the Various God Modes to break down that huge god awful master list (Not as integrated as I would like)
and more as I find them
Know that Markham is working on the inclusion of Traditional dicklets to Circle dock, but this is requiring some serious coding and will take a while, so hopefully these addons will help satiate the tweaker's needs, and open up additional concepts for all of us
Do you have a tip or trick with Circle dock???
if so: Please tell us all about it in a new post...we will all want to hear it.