Monday, December 18, 2006 by Island Dog | Discussion: Tutorials
In response to questions being asked on several online forums, I wrote a small tutorial showing you how to install and use Docklets for ObjectDock. Continuing with that, I would like to show people how to change their background themes in ObjectDock. ObjectDock includes some backgrounds, but the ObjectDock gallery on WinCustomize is where you are going to find many backgrounds, including tabbed dock backgrounds.
For this tutorial I am using ObjectDock Plus, which adds additional features such as tabbed docks, system tray support, taskbar grouping, multiple dock support, and more. However, the basics of changing your dock backgrounds is similar.
When you download a dock background it will typically be in a .zip file. You will need to un-zip the contents and place them inside the backgrounds folders, in the ObjectDock library. The ObjectDock library is located inside your "My Documents" folder.
Next, open your ObjectDock configuration window. You can do this by clicking "configure dock", or through the ObjectDock icon in the system tray. When the configuration window opens you will be presented with a variety of options. Select "Tabs & Styles" from the options on the left.
Note: If you are not using ObjectDock Plus, then you will have to select "Appearance" to change your background.
In "Tabs & Styles" you also have the option to add/remove tabs, colorize, change fonts, and other options to change the appearance of your docks. Under "Style" you will have a list of all the backgrounds you have available. Just select the background you want to use, and it will change to that selected background.
ObjectDock Plus will also allow you to have a different
style for each tab, just in case you want to mix and match to create a style all
your own. If you don't want to make any further adjustments, just select
close and your dock should have a new background.