Now I’m moving on to the Launcher Pro tutorial. The ADW Launcher EX tutorial and this tutorial will have their own pages now on this blog. I will be making more and more docks so having these tutorials pinned to the top of the blog will help anyone that is new to changing this stuff out.
Now for the fun!
Step 1:Click on options the options button on your phone and then click “Preferences”.
Step 2: Click “Appearance Settings”
Step 3: Click “Dock Background”
Step 4: Click “Custom”
Step 5: Select the dock you want to use.
Step 6:Back on the home screen, do a long-press on one of the dock icons and select “Change Shortcut”.
Step 7: Here you will select the application to replace the icon you long-pressed on. Navigate to the “Applications” section to choose things like Gmail, Browser, Text Messaging, etc…
Step 8: Now you need to change the icon so that it is the blank.png file. Download png here: Blank PNG You need to unzip that file and put the blank.png file somewhere on your phone.
Step 9: Select that blank.png file here.
Step 10: Now your icon is fixed to show the dock in the background.
Step 11: Rinse and repeat and you are done!
Since sending some dock files over to Droid-Life.com, people are asking how to use these files. First off, you don’t need to be rooted or running a custom ROM. This particular tutorial is for ADW Launcher EX but I will add a Launcher Pro tutorial shortly. I’m pretty sure the regular ADW Launcher will not let you change the docks to custom icons like EX will. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m almost postive you need to buy ADW Launcher EX to be able to customize icons and docks.
Sorry if this tutorial is condescending to some, but I wanted it to be as thorough as possible. Anyhow, lets get started:
Step 1: Click the option button on your phone and bring up the menu on the bottom. Navigate to ADW Settings.
Step 2: Go to “UI Settings”
Step 3: Go to “Main Dock”
Step 4: Select “Dock Background”
Step 5: Select “Custom”
Step 6: Select “Gallery”
Step 7: Select the dock you want to use.
Step 8: Go back to your home screen. Make sure you drag the icons from the app drawer on to the dock itself.
Step 9: Long-press the newly placed icon on your dock until this pop-up shows up. Then select “edit” so you can make the icon blank.
Step 10: Select the picture of the icon you are changing.
Step 11:Select “Picture”
Step 12:Select “Gallery”
Step 13: Select the blank icon. Make sure you know where it is. You can download this icon here: Blank PNG
Step 14: Hit “OK”.
Step 15: Now your icon is blank and you will be able to see the custom dock’s icon.
Step 16: Rinse and repeat and you are finished!
I wanted to match the colors Motorola used for the new look in the newest (leaked) update of Gingerbread. I made a few docks to go with the theme since I didn’t have anything that matched it very well. Nothing amazing, but I’m pretty happy with how they turned out. Enjoy!
For those that don’t have the update yet (Droid X and Droid 2 only), make sure you go to My Droid World and download the update through them or the Team Black Hat app in the market.
Blank PNG file here: PNG
Haven’t been messing around with theming lately and certainly haven’t been doing much with Android. Been pretty busy with other things but I plan on putting out some more stuff in the near future. I’m thinking about trying to skin widgets of popular apps and repost them. I really don’t like how widgets all look very different from each other so I plan to try to make them as uniform as possible. Guess I need to figure out how to do that now.
Just made some Honeycomb themed docks this morning. I installed the 3.4.2 Blur leak (Droid X) and put on the Honeycomb theme that I found on androidforums.com and felt like it needed a dock to go with it. I’m going to make some 5 button ones as well, but I really like the 3 button setup, so I started with that first.