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Tweaking ObjectDock for Productivity Print
Sunday, 26 March 2006 14:45

ObjectDock is a program that lets you organize your short-cuts and running tasks onto an extremely customizable dock that sits on your desktop.  The free version is just called ObjectDock while the paid option is called ObjectDock Plus.  I've tried Y'z Dock, MobyDock, and RocketDock and would compare all three to the free version of ObjectDock.  They all work, but they are more of a toy than a tool.

If you are willing to put some time in setting it up, ObjectDock Plus offers enough in the way of customizations to allow it to become a better interface to Windows.  I spent a while setting mine up and I feel that I'm actually more productive with it now.

You can only bend a tool so much, so when I set out to customize ObjectDock I tried to shape it around the way Windows already works.  ObjectDock Plus allows you to have multiple docks, a feature missing from the competition.  I setup 4 docks.

You can only bend a tool so much, so when I set out to customize ObjectDock I tried to shape it around the way Windows already works.  ObjectDock Plus allows you to have multiple docks, a feature missing from the competition.  I setup 4 docks.

Dock #1 - Time, date, and weather.

I place a clock, calendar, and weather docklets in this dock and use the settings below.  This gives my desktop a permanent display of the current time, date, and weather.

 

Dock #2 - System tray icons.

You'll need a blank dock with the settings below to get a system tray similar to the Windows default. 

 

Dock #3 - Running tasks.

Setup another dock with no shortcuts and using the settings below and you'll get a nice task bar of running applications that show the actual screen when minimized.

 

Dock #4 - Application Shortcuts

On this dock I place shortcuts and fly-out menus of applications that I use.  I try to place applications that I use frequently on the dock itself, and then group the rest into categories of fly-out menus.  The folder view is can also be useful.  For instance I have a folder view of '.vnc' files allowing me to quickly connect to remote machines with a simple click on the dock.

 

My final result is picture below.  This setup gives you 100% of your monitor real estate for applications, while allowing you instant access to start another or access anything that is currently running.

ObjectDock Desktop

This was done with ObjectDock 1.5 and Windows XP. 

 

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