Many people will agree that the one thing that distinguishes Mac OS X desktop and Vista desktop interface is the Dock. For those who don’t know what the dock is, it is basically a row of icons at the bottom of the desktop and when you place your mouse over it, the icon will animate, giving a great eye-candy effect.
Now you can also have your own Mac OS dock on your Vista desktop with the help of the freeware RocketDock. Download the installer from Rocket Dock and run the installer in your desktop. BSince the Taskbar is located at the bottom of the screen, Rocket Dock defaults to the top. You need to configure it to become Mac OS-style.
Here are the steps:
- Right click on the taskbar and uncheck the “Lock The Taskbar”
- Drag the taskbar to the top of the desktop.
- Right-click on the taskbar and click “Properties”. Under the Taskbar tab, check “Auto-hide the taskbar”.
- On the Rocket Dock, click on the “Dock Settings…” icon (the one with a hammer and a yellow bar).
- On the “General” menu, check “Run at Startup”, “Minimize Windows to the Dock” and “Running Application Indicators” (this will show a small black triangle below any active program).
- Select the “Position” tab on the left. At the Screen Position, scroll down to select “Bottom”
- Select the “Behavior” tab on the left. check “Autohide” and change the AutoHide Duration to 100ms.
- Press Ok.
You have now a beautiful Mac-Style dock on your Vista desktop.
To add icon, simply open Explorer, navigate to the program folder and drag the file(s) to the Dock.
The Rocket Dock is fully customizable. You can change the background theme, change the icon set and also change the zoom effects. Depending on your screen resolution, you may want to change the icon size to fit your desktop.
Here are some of the screenshots: