Application Bar on the right side of Windows 8 (On demand) meets a long time desire of windows fan for a application launcher. Many users were trying to make a note to Microsoft about the Mac’s launcher and this results to a App bar on Windows 8. But if you are a Windows 7/XP/Vista user and don’t want to switch to Windows 8 (As on Developer Preview – Not recommended for professional use) and want a useful similar dock to access your favorite application easily on Windows 7, we are bringing Stardock Tiles then. It is a simple tool to let you manage and switch between active application (like taskbar) as well as easy drag n drop shortcut creator for Application Launcher. More to read.
Unlike other similar types of application we shared previously, Stardock tiles is more professional with default brilliant metro skin, Windows taskbar like app switching and less bug with faster performance. This doesn’t tries to replace any default Windows system service which provides significantly less risk of system error. On the first start, Stardock Tiles displays How to use Stardock Tiles window with quick tips to getting started. You can scroll up and down the application shortcut list, swipe between Apps, Docs and My Tiles tab, rearrange windows and shortcuts by drag n drop, and configure items by right click.
Stardock tiles creates a horizontal bar on the right side by default. The bar contains three tabs (or two) calling app, my tiles and docs. You can add any file, folder on my tiles menu by simply dragging in over the bar. This creates a shortcut to easy access that file anytime. Active windows and applications will be stored in apps menu.
Another interesting feature of Stardock Tiles is that it uses a color system to differentiate the items most commonly accessed by the user of those which are frequently displayed. The thumbnail of the windows that show more activity is displayed with the background in red, while the least access in the background in grey.
The neat thing about Stardock Tiles is that you can customize almost any options of their appearance. The most interesting is the setting that lets you modify the size of the dock, it is possible to adapt the application interface to the size of your monitor, making it to occupy more or less space on the desktop. You can also set the behavior of Stardock Tiles in relation to other running processes. You can, for example, make the dock to be hidden automatically when not using its resources or if you prefer, make the other windows are displayed below the new bar access. Settings can be accessed by clicking the right mouse button on the dock. Just choose Configure Stardock Tiles. Besides the appearance you can also add or remove capabilities on the screen. All this through the same window settings.
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Windows 8’s app bar shows recent applications’ thumbnail preview and is hidden by default – visible after moving the pointer left side of your screen. While Stardock Tiles adds a permanent right bar to Windows 7, XP and Vista. Stardock Tiles can be a perfect solution for Windows Application Launcher and is available as both free and paid version. Read More about Stardock Tiles.