Here we go again, another useless OSX trick. This time it’s stacks (again). if you caught my previous overview of customizing your stack overlay icons then you probably already have some cool looking stacks going on. Here’s another tip for tweaking them to the max. This will let you run a customized graphic for the icon that appears on your dock when you open a stack. Read on.
I used to think that once you’ve customized your stack overlay icons you were done, that was all you could tweak. But last night I started looking at the graphic that shows on your dock when you open a stack. It’s just a PNG image file that your dock app uses to replace your stack when it’s open. So if it’s just a PNG we can customize it right? But how should it look, how should it behave? Well why not have it be an empty stack icon when your stack is expanded? It empties out right? So I exported my stack icon (usually a Mac icon file) as a PNG from within CandyBar and replaced the PNG file in my dock app. And guess what, I think it looks very cool! Check it out for yourself.
This is one of the easiest mods to do. All you need is a 128 pixel PNG version of the stack overlay icon you are using. Rename it pileArrow.png and copy it over the default PNG file you will find at (Drive)/System/Library/CoreServices/Dock.app/Contents/Resources/. You should make a back up copy of the default file first. Once you have overwritten the file with your own PNG, restart Finder and reload your dock (or just log out and log back in). Now when you open your stack, instead of getting some odd white rectangle with a down triangle, now you have an open stack icon with it’s contents above. Why not try it now!Stupid Stack Tricks,