The purpose of this tutorialCairo-Dock is fully themable, and you can really make your dock behave and look totaly different from any other dock. This ability has a drawback : there are a *lot* of options. This little tutorial doesn't have the ambition to describe all of the options (they are already described in the config panel with tooltips for most of them), but to guide you along the customization of your dock.
It also contains some useful tricks.
First StepThis tutorial is made for Cairo-Dock 2.1.x or later. If your version is older, it is strongly recommended to upgrade, because the dock improves itself at each new version.
To get the latest version, use our repository, or grab the packages on LaunchPad, or install from the sources. This is fully explained on our wiki (http://wiki.glx-dock.org).
Be sure to install the plug-ins too.
First timeThe first time Cairo-Dock is launched, a default theme is applied. This is one theme amongst many others, it has been choosed partly by vote and partly because I liked it, so it's normal if it doesn't fit your taste !
Before you start customizing your dock, you should try the other themes available through the Theme Manager : right-click -> Cairo-dock -> Theme Manager.
Sort them by rating or sobriety according to your feelings, check the 2 little box at the bottom of the page, choose a theme, and apply. Quite easy.
Repeat the operation until you've found the theme that fits you the best.
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