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Last post Author Topic: Aligning the icons - center  (Read 16942 times)

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Aligning the icons - center
« on: August 10, 2006, 09:03:45 PM »
since i had too few icons on my dock it looks a bit lop-sided, so i was wondering if the icons could be aligned center?

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Re: Aligning the icons - center
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2006, 09:08:13 PM »
that is a good idea, i will add it in some way.

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Re: Aligning the icons - center
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2006, 01:34:08 PM »
i hope for that option too.
in the meanwhile, there's a work-around to justify (not center) your buttons.

just chose the "labels under icons" option and type in, like 5 spaces, depending on the length of ur bar, for every button.
trial and error until the last button is as close to the right edge as the first button is to the left.

if you decide to type in button labels just do the same:
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[][][][][]internet[][][][][]
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Re: Aligning the icons - center
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2006, 06:37:39 PM »
mimiihu: your bar looks damn cool, very neat indeed! :D

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Re: Aligning the icons - center
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2006, 06:44:14 PM »
gives me real pleasure to see these images and people really using the program  :-*

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Re: Aligning the icons - center
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2006, 06:49:49 PM »
thanks guys. gee, now i'm all shy...  :-[
really, best app launcher ever. everything you need and more and it's freakin' smooth and fast. no delays, no freezes.

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Re: Aligning the icons - center
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2006, 11:31:08 PM »
Off topic, I know, but this talk of aligning icons leads me to ask...

Does anyone know of a utility that will align and (more useful to me) distribute icons on the desktop?  OS/2 used to have a great tool to do this.  I want to select a range of icons and have the inter-icon spacing evenly distributed between the first and last. I'm seeking a utility that can do this horizontally and vertically.

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Re: Aligning the icons - center
« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2006, 12:43:27 AM »
correct me, if i'm wrong, but isn't this already can be done by right-clicking on the desktop?

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Re: Aligning the icons - center
« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2006, 09:04:01 AM »
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lanux128: correct me, if i'm wrong, but isn't this already can be done by right-clicking on the desktop?
Thanks for the reply. I didn't mean 'align to grid'.  I might have one group of icons whose spacing I want to be different from another. This I can achieve by placing them individually but I'd like a utility to do it quickly and accurately. Align to grid is going to affect everything. I appreciate the response, though--I should have been more specific when posting.

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Re: Aligning the icons - center
« Reply #9 on: December 09, 2006, 11:46:05 AM »
cranioscopical, try typing "align icons" at google. there's a couple programs called "align icons" which install new align features to the right button context menu on the desktop. this is the most quickly and accurately you can get.
not sure if it does exactly what you want, tho.

to mouser, i found a bug concerning the docked bar.
the bar pic i posted was done on a 1280x1024 resolution screen in win xp. when i opened it in 1024x768 resolution in win2000 it only shows the first icon, like the image posted below.
now, it may be beacuse i used a lot of spaces in icon captions and the last icon got off screen.
doesn't it wrap automatically? and why doesn't it show all icons *but* the one who got cut off?
don't think the operating system matters.

can anyone confirm this? thanks.

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Re: Aligning the icons - center
« Reply #10 on: December 09, 2006, 01:32:44 PM »
try dragging the bar to make it a bit taller - lbc won't try to autosize itself for you to fit things - so it may be that you have 2 rows of icons now.

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Re: Aligning the icons - center
« Reply #11 on: December 09, 2006, 02:01:21 PM »
thanks mouser, you're absolutely right. i tried that before and i didn't think about it. no bug, i'm just dumb  :-[
i think my workaround solution to justify the buttons fails because of the screen resolution changes.
i guess i'll return to the floating mode with no additional spaces.

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Re: Aligning the icons - center
« Reply #12 on: December 09, 2006, 02:50:12 PM »
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mimiihu: cranioscopical, try typing "align icons" at google. there's a couple programs called "align icons"
Thanks for the response, it was helpful of you.  I do have 'Align Icons' and it's useful, but it won't distribute icons on equal spacing between 2 points.

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Re: Aligning the icons - center
« Reply #13 on: December 09, 2006, 05:03:37 PM »
ill see if i can figure out some auto spacing options..

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Re: Aligning the icons - center
« Reply #14 on: December 10, 2006, 08:05:14 PM »
cranioscopical: didn't understand you earlier.. now, i'm curious to have a look at your desktop with the unique icon spacings.. :)

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Re: Aligning the icons - center
« Reply #15 on: December 10, 2006, 09:43:50 PM »
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lanux128: cranioscopical: didn't understand you earlier.. now, i'm curious to have a look at your desktop with the unique icon spacings..
Thanks for your interest. They come and go, which is why I want some quick tool to align and distribute them. When I'm working for money (which is as seldom as I can manage ;)) it's always to deadlines, and I generate quite a number of files that I must cross-reference and update. I find that the fastest way to track and access these is to dump shortcuts on the desktop. My habit is to place these along screen edges. When I do so, I want to 'group' icons for the same project, and that's best done by spacing between groups. Fortunately I have 3200x1600 pixels to play with. There probably are better ways to work, but habit and routine mean that this system does the job for me nicely.

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Re: Aligning the icons - center
« Reply #16 on: December 10, 2006, 11:04:39 PM »
oh, i see.. 3200x1600 is quite a size.. :)

btw, for such a tool, you can try the modding sites.. i'll let you know if i find anything..


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Re: Aligning the icons - center
« Reply #17 on: December 11, 2006, 06:03:22 PM »
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lanux128: oh, i see.. 3200x1600 is quite a size..
Until last year I was using big CRTs but, boy, did they take up some space, plus I could cook my breakfast on top of them! ;D
Changing to decent LCDs was one of the better moves I've made.
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btw, for such a tool, you can try the modding sites.. i'll let you know if i find anything..
Thanks for being so helpful, I appreciate your interest.

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Re: Aligning the icons - center
« Reply #18 on: December 11, 2006, 09:18:03 PM »
cranioscopical:
there are some desktop tools mentioned in this thread that you might want to have a look.. especially, Hawkeye ShellInit & Worktop.


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Re: Aligning the icons - center
« Reply #19 on: December 11, 2006, 10:18:18 PM »
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there are some desktop tools mentioned in this thread that you might want to have a look.. especially, Hawkeye ShellInit & Worktop.
Thanks, these seem more to control desktop areas than individual spacing of icons.  I'll look closer :)

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Re: Aligning the icons - center
« Reply #20 on: December 12, 2006, 01:12:16 AM »
cranioscopical, found another tool: Align Icons 2.0..

btw, why don't you put in a coding snack for this desktop icon align tool? that way, you can interact with the author for specific requirements. just my 2ยข.. :)

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Re: Aligning the icons - center
« Reply #21 on: December 12, 2006, 06:10:26 AM »
It is good.  (On my system it conflicts with other shell extensions, so I have to enable-disable it for every use.)

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Re: Aligning the icons - center
« Reply #22 on: December 12, 2006, 06:32:41 AM »
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btw, why don't you put in a coding snack for this desktop icon align tool?
Good idea! ;)
http://www.donationcoder.com/forum/index.php?topic=6497.msg45550#msg45550

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Re: Aligning the icons - center
« Reply #23 on: December 12, 2006, 07:37:37 PM »
all right, then.. good luck! :Thmbsup:

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Re: Aligning the icons - center
« Reply #24 on: December 15, 2006, 11:03:08 AM »
cranioscopical, i think this is still not it but it has a lot of features. maybe you can find some useful. it's shareware, tho.
http://www.idesksoft.com/

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i couldn't find any other solution without installing and testing.
another half-solution you have is to increase vertical spacing and keep horizontal spacing, for example, so you can have separated horizontal groups of icons. (or the other way around).

link: http://www.jsifaq.com/SF/Tips/Tip.aspx?id=1007
« Last Edit: December 15, 2006, 01:37:43 PM by mimiihu »