ObjectDock: Single Tabbed Dock Drawers
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|Creating Single Tabbed Dock Drawers|
To go along with the great video tutorial on this subject that Island Dog created (ObjectDock: Creating a Dock as a Drawer), I decided to upload this written tutorial to help people understand how to create and use the single tabbed dock drawers that I've been making for some time.
I'm using ObjectDock Plus for this tutorial since it supports the tabbed backgrounds that we will need to create this dock.
The downloaded backgrounds will usually be in Zip format. You will need to extract the files to the ObjectDock library which can be found in the "My Documents" folder or for longtime users of ObjectDock, in C:\Programs Files\Stardock\ObjectDock\Backgrounds. Make sure you do an extract since alot of skinners put multiple folders in their downloads. If you just select and try to drag the files to a new folder, some files may get dropped or overwritten.
Creating a New Tabbed Dock
Now open the ObjectDock configuration window and click on My Docks in the lower left corner then click on Create new tabbed dock.
What you get is a new dock with five tabs.
Now we want to delete all the tabs except one, so click Remove Tab until you only have one left.
Under the Tab's Appearance, highlight the name and hit delete.
Changing The Background
Now we want to change the background, click on Tabs & Styles and under the Styles dropdown and select your preferred background (hopefully a single tabbed one). The default position for the tab is on top, no worries though, we'll change that easy enough in a minute.
Positioning The Background
Once you have the background changed, click on the dock and drag it to a screen edge, I'll use the left edge. (I design my single tab backgrounds specifically to be used as drawers so it's best to dock them to the edge or they won't look or work correctly)
Notice how the dock snapped to the edge, making the tab show on the right side. Also, it switched to a vertical version which we will change by positioning our cursor on the lower right corner of the dock. Click, hold and drag out to the right and up to suite your needs.
Now all you need to do is add or change icons and you are all set.
As an added bonus, this particular dock background was created to have two tabs in the space of just one. This background is called Evo2 (Evolution Two (e2)) and can be found at the ObjectDock gallery on Wincustomize (Wincustomize.com ObjectDock Gallery))