Maccast Members 011 - 2010.06.14
V Playing with Stacks
* Added in Leopard
V Adding and removing
* Simply drag a folder into the right hand side of the dock
* Drag it out to remove it. Poof!
* They have to live on the right side of the dock to the left of the Trash icon.
* Creates an alias to the folder in the dock.
* Clicking the stack in the dock "expands" the items.
V By default
* Apple starts you off with three default Stacks: one for Applications, one for downloads, and the other for documents.
V Set to "Automatic" view by default
* Fan view is the default if the folder just contains a few items (9 or less)
* Grid view will be displayed if there are 10 or more items contained in the stack
V The views
* Fan - Shows folder content in the Fan stack, organized by your sort option.
* Grid - Shows folder content in the Grid stack, organized by your sort option.
* List - Shows the folder contents as a list, organized by your sort option. Each sub-folder will open another list and so on, until you reach the end of the directory structure. To open an application or document, simply click it.
* Automatic - This lets Snow Leopard determine the best view content option. When there are a few items, the Fan stack is used. Once you have loaded your folder with enough items, Snow Leopard will change your view content type to the Grid stack.
V Sort by - You can select to have items sorted by Name, Date Added, Date Modified, Date Created, or Kind.
* In Fan view the sort order is from the bottom up. Item closest to the dock is first in sort order
* Grid is top down from left to right.
V Display as - Displays the icon in the Dock as the folder's actual icon or as a stack of icons of the folder contents.
* Icon displayed is set by sort order on the stack
* All these settings can be changed or customized by control+clicking (right-clicking) the stack icon in the dock.
V Recent Items hacking
V Can use a Terminal hack to add a "special" stack to display recent items.
* Launch Terminal (Applications-->Utilities-->Terminal)
V Enter this command:
* defaults write persistent-others -array-add '{ "tile-data" = { "list-type" = 1; }; "tile-type" = "recents-tile"; }'
* Then type killall Dock to restart the Dock
V Control+Click (Right+Click) and you can change the 'Type' of recent items
* Recent Applications
* Recent Documents
* Recent Servers
* Favorite Volumes
* Favorite Items
V If you want to avoid the Terminal Hacking
* Use 'Secrets' from Blacktree
V Once installed it's a system Preference pane
* Choose 'Dock' from the list of 'hacks' on the left
* Scroll down to the 'Stacks' section
V Click the 'Add Recents/ Favorites Stack option'
* With Secrets you can add multiple and place it on the left or right side
* To remove them, click the item in the list in Secrets and press delete on your keyboard. It will remove all of the items
* When you make an adjustment in Secrets you will see a "Quit This" button at the bottom of the window. You need to click this to see the changes take effect.
V Other neat hacks with Secrets
* Enable new list view in Stacks. In Snow Leopard this makes List views behave like the "Grid" so instead of "fly-out" style drill downs, you get a single window with scrollbars and the "back" icon as you drill down
V Highlight stack items on hover
* Mouse over effect
* This can be done using the arrows on the keyboard without the hack when the stack is enabled. Press Enter/Return to select an item in the stack from the keyboard.
V Closing
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