stacks issue

xenotaku

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Two things, any help would be great.

When I click on a stack, and I have magnification to high on my dock, the stupid stack shifts over as soon as I move my mouse from the dock to the stacked grid. It is insanely annoying. Any fix for this, other than removing my magnification effect?

Also, that quick time movie someone posted about stacks...how did the Italian dude make an application stacks folder that actually has an application icon? Mine is just a messy stack of application icons as my application icon. Any idea?

Thanks!
 

xenotaku

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does the stack icons always change depending on what the contents are? I want the icons to remain static and can't figure it out.
 

pcguru83

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Two things, any help would be great.

When I click on a stack, and I have magnification to high on my dock, the stupid stack shifts over as soon as I move my mouse from the dock to the stacked grid. It is insanely annoying. Any fix for this, other than removing my magnification effect?

Also, that quick time movie someone posted about stacks...how did the Italian dude make an application stacks folder that actually has an application icon? Mine is just a messy stack of application icons as my application icon. Any idea?

Thanks!
Just create an empy folder named " " (just a space). When sorted by name, it will be the first item in Applications and appear to not have a name. Then just copy the icon from the Get Info window of Applications and paste it to the icon of your folder named " ".
 

xenotaku

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Just create an empy folder named " " (just a space). When sorted by name, it will be the first item in Applications and appear to not have a name. Then just copy the icon from the Get Info window of Applications and paste it to the icon of your folder named " ".

Thanks for the info, but that is so stupid it is not automatic. I don't want to see clutter on my dock automatically....
 

pcguru83

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Thanks for the info, but that is so stupid it is not automatic. I don't want to see clutter on my dock automatically....
You wouldn't be seeing clutter on your dock. All you'd see on your dock would be the typical Applications folder, with just a tiny bit of the Address Book showing at the top.

Granted, you would have a completely useless folder at the very top of your Applications folder, but that's the price you pay for having a static icon in a stack at the moment.
 

xenotaku

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You wouldn't be seeing clutter on your dock. All you'd see on your dock would be the typical Applications folder, with just a tiny bit of the Address Book showing at the top.

Granted, you would have a completely useless folder at the very top of your Applications folder, but that's the price you pay for having a static icon in a stack at the moment.

It's just a dumb feature. Stacks could be good, if it automatically set an icon and then expanded when you clicked on it. Also, what is with the shifting of the "grid" when you shift your mouse from the magnified dock to the grid. So bothersome..
 

pcguru83

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It's just a dumb feature. Stacks could be good, if it automatically set an icon and then expanded when you clicked on it. Also, what is with the shifting of the "grid" when you shift your mouse from the magnified dock to the grid. So bothersome..
Agreed. Stacks, in their current form, are inherently flawed. Here's hoping we'll see some necessary improvements in future point updates. Stacks have their uses, but they are much, much more limited than they should be.
 

CavemanUK

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Just create an empy folder named " " (just a space). When sorted by name, it will be the first item in Applications and appear to not have a name. Then just copy the icon from the Get Info window of Applications and paste it to the icon of your folder named " ".
Sorry for being dumb but how do you copy the icon from applications to another folder? i tried right clicking on icon but no context menu
 

pcguru83

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Sorry for being dumb but how do you copy the icon from applications to another folder? i tried right clicking on icon but no context menu
You've got the right idea, but you can't use the mouse. You must use the keyboard shortcuts. Use Apple-C to copy, then highlight the icon it's replacing and use Apple-V.
 

CavemanUK

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Agreed. Stacks, in their current form, are inherently flawed. Here's hoping we'll see some necessary improvements in future point updates. Stacks have their uses, but they are much, much more limited than they should be.
You've got the right idea, but you can't use the mouse. You must use the keyboard shortcuts. Use Apple-C to copy, then highlight the icon it's replacing and use Apple-V.
ive got a feeling im being REALLY stoopid here but it still doesnt seem to be working... do you mean the small icon or the preview icon in get info?


UPDATE: Ahh, got it! its the small icon you must work on!
 

pcguru83

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ive got a feeling im being REALLY stoopid here but it still doesnt seem to be working... do you mean the small icon or the preview icon in get info?


UPDATE: Ahh, got it! its the small icon you must work on!
Yup, it's the small one under the Get Info window. Should have been a bit clearer about that. :)
 

xenotaku

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stacks....so much potential....so poorly executed.....makes me sad apple....


so the worst part about it when you use the "fan" it opens, and at a set spot, and then once the magnification goes away when you move your pointer, the fan is no longer located over the icon......so stupid.
 

lallenlowe

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Time To Break Old Habits

Listen, the whol idea of the dock is getting outdated anyway. Especially placing folders in it. I know it's hard when you have to give up an old habit, BUT IN THE END IF YOU REPLACE THAT HABIT WITH A BETTER WAY OF COMPUTING, IT'LL BE A BENFIT TO YOU.
I seriously suggest you all take a look at Quicksilver. It is a far superior, and far more advanced way to call up files, folders, and especially apps, you can even manipulate quite powerfully the files inside of quicksilver. Like find a file anywhere zip it and e-mail it all with a few quick key presses never leaving Quicksilver. And it's pluginnable! I suggest you all ditch your application folder in the dock approach and start quicksilvering. It's smart too, it starts to learn which things you open the most and makes them even quicker to get at. For instance, I open firefox all the time, so now if I just type an "f" and hit return firefox pops right up! If you use the "bezel" display look, you get huge tasty icons as a great visual feedback.
Truly guys, use stacks for what it's great for, quick, transient organization without cluttering your desktop, it's like a hidden desktop. And use quicksilver for everything else! you could even use spotlight for all that, it's just not quite as fast as QS. HAPPY LEOPARDING!
 

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