Stacks alone from StandaloneStack

StandaloneStack creates groups of files and folders in a Mac-style "stack." Other docking apps have brought this feature to Windows, but StandaloneStack is one of the few that doesn't require hogging resources the way many docks can.

StandaloneStack creates groups of files and folders in a Mac-style "stack." Other docking apps have brought this feature to Windows, but StandaloneStack is one of the few that doesn't require hogging resources the way many docks can. It also integrates smoothly with the Windows 7 taskbar, making it an excellent way to conserve space while adding some visual pizazz.

The app offers a comprehensive range of options, from basics like customizing your icons and changing fonts to showing hidden files and adjusting the dock placement when it opens according to specific X and Y coordinates. Creating a stack is simple. Once you've got a folder that has what you want to stack, you go to the "New Stack" option, give it a name, peg it to the folder location, hit Create Stack, and then hit Create Shortcut to send it to your desktop. From there, you can add it to your taskbar. Customizing icons requires adding images to the StandaloneStack images folder. There are instructions in the program, but it's not as fidgety as it might sound.

The level of customization offered and telescoping arc of folders and files felt smooth and fit in naturally with Windows 7, but StandaloneStack is not problem-free. Despite changing the stack direction, it only opened up, never down or to the sides. Also, even after disabling caching in the options menu, most of the post-creation changes we made were not reflected in the link. Users who favor the grid option or prefer their taskbars on the bottom of their monitors will get a lot out of this utility, but StandaloneStack's performance needs to improve otherwise.

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