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    XWindows Dock Alternatives

    XWindows Dock is described as '- or XWD for short - is the newest free Windows Vista and XP program of the class Application Launcher and Desktop Organizer' and is a Application Launcher in the OS & Utilities category. There are more than 25 alternatives to XWindows Dock for Windows, Mac and Linux. The best alternative is RocketDock, which is free. Other great apps like XWindows Dock are Winstep Nexus (Freemium), Docky (Free, Open Source), ObjectDock (Paid) and MaxLauncher (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Apr 4, 2021

    1. RocketDock is a Mac OS X dock clone. It provides a nice clean interface to drop shortcuts on for easy access and organization. With each item completely customizable there is no end to what you can add and launch from the dock.

      Discontinued

      The program is no longer updated, but last version, 1.3.5, released in September 2008, can be still downloaded from the official website. "It is true, RocketDock has been discontinued. [...] The app remains available on https://rocketdock.com, but is unsupported."

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    2. The Winstep Nexus Dock is a FREE professional dock for Windows. With Nexus, your most frequently used applications are only a mouse click away - and Nexus turns working with your computer into a fun and exciting experience.
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    3. Docky is a full fledged dock application that makes opening common applications and managing windows easier and quicker. Docky is fully integrated into the GNOME Desktop and features a no non-sense approach to configuration and usage. It just works.

      Discontinued

      Last commit and last available version from 2015-09-02

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    4. ObjectDock is an animated dock for Windows that enables you to quickly access and launch your favorite applications, files and shortcuts. ObjectDock can also automatically hide itself when not in use and will reappear when you move your mouse to its position.

      Discontinued

      The program is no longer updated. Last version, 2.20, released in 2016, can be still bought from the official website

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    5. MaxLauncher is a simple tabbed launcher that was designed to reduce the amount of time to find and run a program. It is capable of creating multiple data files, each of which can have a maximum of 10 tabs. Each tab and button is assigned a key(eg. F1-F10, 0-9, A-Z, etc.
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    6. WinLaunch is a Mac OS X Lion Launchpad for Windows. Features: Instant access to all your important applications and documents from everywhere! Perfect Mac OS X look and feel Tons of customization options Optimized controls for touchscreens and tablets!
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    7. DragThing is the original dock designed to tidy up your Macintosh desktop. It puts all your documents, folders, and applications just a single click away. Highly flexible, it allows multiple docks, each customised to suit your exact needs.

      Discontinued

      Notice on https://www.dragthing.com/ of discontinuation as of 2019.

    8. XLaunchpad gives you instant access to all your shortcuts. Arrange apps in XLaunchpad any way you like by dragging icons to different locations or by grouping apps in folders. Simply drag one icon over another to create a folder.
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    9. True Launch Bar is a Superior replacement for the standard Quick Launch bar. All functions presented in Quick Launch are also in True Launch Bar. However, the True Launch Bar is fully compatible with Quick Launch because it uses the same folder for shortcuts.
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    10. Flashtray - Our system tray application launcher and macro tool makes you work more efficiently by automating a lot of repetitive keyboard tasks by using custom macros and hotkeys.
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