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Nexus Dock v15.9 Released!

September 29, 2015




The Winstep Nexus dock is a FREE dock for Windows. Every feature you’d expect from a dock, including widgets, mouse-over effects, skins, drag-and-drop, and many others not available in most other docks, such as live icon reflections, in-dock system tray, blur-behind effects, and much more. Completely customizable, with thousands of different backgrounds freely available online, Nexus is fully compatible with skins for all 3rd party docks.

Nexus runs on the 32 and 64 bit versions of Windows 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 7, 8.x and Windows 10.

v15.9 is a monster release, with hundreds of changes and additions. Focus was on adding missing key functionality as well as, of course, some new eye-candy.

What's New? Highlighted Features:


  • Speed! Due to new and improved activation and hide delay timings, Nexus simply feels a lot more responsive. Rendering performance when shifting icons in a fully expanded Shelf to make room for a new shortcut is now also an order of magnitude faster (Nexus Ultimate only).


  • Improved Windows 10 integration.
  • Now fully high-DPI aware. Throw anything at it from 100% to 200% scaling and everything will still work and look as it should. New settings added to control the scaling of menus and the Shelf on high DPI systems.
  • Added support for systems with multiple input languages: new 'Language Bar' internal command can be placed anywhere and emulates the functionality of the Windows language bar.


  • New optional Edge Swipe activation mechanism.
  • Shortcuts in the dock now double up as running application icons, so there is no duplication of icons when running applications are being displayed in the dock.

  • Shelf now smoothly resizes when double clicking a tab header to fully expand the Shelf in order to show all the contents of that tab at once (Nexus Ultimate only).
  • Weather module now automatically retrieves the user's location when running for the first time. Also added new 'Get My Location' button in the Weather settings panel.


  • New Smoke mouseover/launch/attention effect. Not too intrusive and makes the dock look like it's on fire! My new personal favorite when combined with the magnify effect.

  • Added support for RKLauncher dock skins.
  • New option to colorize themes based on the dominant color of the current desktop background.

  • Explosion animation shown when an item is deleted or removed is now user-customizable.
  • New optional Windows 10 style for some UI elements, specifically designed so the application blends in with the new Windows version. Automatically enabled on Windows 10 systems.

  • Added new 'Action Center' internal command (Windows 10 only).
  • Clicking the clock module now shows the Windows calendar instead of the Regional Settings dialog (Windows 7 onwards).
  • Font size in the User Interface is now automatically decreased when a non-English language is selected to better accomodate the (usually) longer translations.
  • ... many other performance and stability improvements! Please see complete change log below...


Nexus v15.9 complete change log:


  • Updated the Portuguese language file.
  • Updated the French language file.
  • Updated the Indonesian language file.
  • Added new 'Action Center' internal command (Windows 10 only).
  • Added 'Show folder in a menu' setting to folder type items in the Item Properties Editor, so shortcuts to folders can be browsed in a menu when clicked on an individual base.
  • The dock Auto-Hide delay has been extended from 100 ms to 5,000 ms in 100 ms intervals.
  • The Dock no longer auto-hides while the mouse pointer remains at the edge bump location.
  • Edge bump delay now ranges from 0 to 2,000ms in 100 ms intervals.
  • Added new 'Smoke' mouseover effect.
  • Changed the hue of the live preview thumbnail glass background, to better fit with the Windows original.
  • When installing a full setup version over an existing version, the user is no longer prompted to overwrite the default theme files.
  • Reduced the font size used to display the theme's author in the Theme Preview window.
  • Pressing CTRL while left clicking a shortcut now cycles through all the windows belonging to that same application when 'do not launch multiple sessions of the same application' is enabled.
  • Pressing CTRL+SHIFT while clicking a shortcut causes the application to launch with Admin rights.
  • Clicking the clock module now opens the Windows calendar instead of showing the Regional Settings dialog.
  • Increased the maximum width of menus by 100 pixels.
  • Added 'Language Bar' internal command, which emulates the functionality of the Windows Language Bar. It changes dynamically, showing the active keyboard layout in the current foreground window, and allows switching to other keyboard layouts through a menu displaying all available language and keyboard layouts.
  • Double clicking a shortcut now launches a new session when 'Do not launch multiple sessions of the same application' is enabled.
  • Added 'Always at the base of the icon' setting to the running indicator offset dialog. This forces the running indicator to always be shown below the icon independently of the current dock orientation.
  • By default the running indicator is now 'Always at the base of the icon' and the indicator offset set to 30%.
  • Renamed the 'WinstepXtreme.exe' multi-function helper application to 'Winstep.exe' to avoid confusing users of Nexus and Nexus Ultimate.
  • Added an optional new style to some UI elements (windows live preview thumbnail backgrounds, menu document thumbnail backgrounds, ballon tooltip background and the 'working' splash screen) to better fit with the default Windows 8 and Windows 10 look. Enabled by default on Windows 10 and 8.
  • Added option in the More Options dialog of the General Preferences tab to enable the new Windows 10 style even when not running under Windows 10 or 8.
  • Added 'Colorize with the dominant color of the desktop background'/'Wallpaper hot-track' setting to the colorization options of the dock, which automatically colorizes it to 'blend in' with the current desktop wallpaper.
  • The Explosion animation displayed when items are deleted can now be customized in the More Options dialog of General Preferences. User must specify a multi-frame PNG or TIF animation strip (animated icon).
  • Moved the icon reflection and icon drop shaddow context menu options from the Effects menu to the Appearance and Sounds menu.
  • Changed the appearance of the Aero style balloon tooltip.
  • Improved the appearance of the Aero Style 'busy' splash screen.
  • Added a 'Edge Bump Settings' button to the General tab of Preferences.
  • Added ability to activate docks and the Shelf via 'edge swipes' instead of 'edge bumps.
  • Added a new dialog to control edge swipe timings.
  • Added a new setting to limit the distance the mouse pointer can travel during the activation delay for screen edge bumps. If the pointer moves behind this threashold while waiting to trigger an edge bump, the bump is discarded/ignored. This should help reduce accidental edge bump activations.
  • Docks are now moved up in the z-order when mousing over them (if 'pop up on mouseover' is enabled) instead of removing focus from the currently active window. This provides a smoother experience since the active window does not change state.
  • Added a 'Edge Swipe Settings' button the the General tab of Preferences and Dock Behavior panels.
  • Dock icons can now be combined with running application icons in the dock so there is no duplication of icons.
  • By default clicking on a grouped running application icon now shows live window preview thumbnails instead of the group menu.
  • Added option to show the group menu when clicking on the icon of grouped running applications instead of showing the live preview thumbnails.
  • Added support for RK Launcher's Theme.conf skins.
  • Themes tab in Preferences now opens immediately instead of waiting for theme files to be retrieved.
  • Animation speed in the General tab of Preferences can now be set in 50 ms intervals.
  • Added a default running indicator bitmap.
  • The Windows hidden notification icons window is now monitored when open and automatically repositioned if it suddenly'jumps' to another location on the screen (as happened if the mouse pointer hovered over an invalid notification icon).
  • Added option not to show icon reflections on vertical docks.
  • Added warning for Windows 8/10 users regarding the Glass Blur effect requiring the AeroGlass 3rd party utility.
  • Added full support for high-DPI displays.
  • Added option to automatically scale menus up on high DPI displays or not.
  • The Weather Module now automatically tries to retrieve the user's current location based on IP address when running for the first time.
  • Added 'Get My Location' button to the Weather Module Preferences screen, which tries to get the user's current location (country, state, city, etc...) based on his IP address.
  • Google killed their weather API, but weather forecasts for locations that do not have a Weather.com code (i.e.; only have a METAR code) can now be retrieved via MSN Weather.
  • Changed defaults to: show running indicator on docks, running indicator offset at 30%, do not launch multiple instances and don't show icon reflections on vertical docks. When running under Windows 10: dock icon label background, outline and colorize according to dominant color of dock background are on, dock control icon color is Black Metal, UI base color is gray.
  • Size of the UI font is now automatically reduced from point 10 to point 9 whenever a language other than English is selected to try and make up for the fact that translations from English are usually longer than the original text.
  • Optimized the UI to try and prevent unchecked translations from over-running the available space.


Nexus Ultimate v15.9 complete change log:


  • Updated the Portuguese language file.
  • Updated the French language file.
  • Updated the Indonesian language file.
  • Added new 'Action Center' internal command (Windows 10 only).
  • The image of disabled docks & shelves now appear in grayscale on the Docks & Shelves tab of Preferences.
  • Added 'Show folder in a menu' setting to folder type items in the Item Properties Editor, so shortcuts to folders can be browsed in a menu when clicked on an individual base.
  • Auto-Hide delay has been extended from 100 ms to 5,000 ms in 100 ms intervals.
  • Docks and Shelf no longer auto-hide while mouse pointer remains at the edge bump location.
  • Edge bump delay now ranges from 0 to 2,000ms in 100 ms intervals.
  • Added new 'Smoke' mouseover effect.
  • Changed the hue of the live preview thumbnail glass background, to better fit with the Windows original.
  • When installing a full setup version over an existing version, the user is no longer prompted to overwrite the default theme files.
  • Reduced the font size used to display the theme's author in the Theme Preview window.
  • Pressing CTRL while left clicking a shortcut now cycles through all the windows belonging to that same application when 'do not launch multiple sessions of the same application' is enabled.
  • Pressing CTRL+SHIFT while clicking a shortcut causes the application to launch with Admin rights.
  • Clicking the clock module now opens the Windows calendar instead of showing the Regional Settings dialog.
  • The images of disabled docks in the Dock & Shelves tab of Preferences now appear in gray scale to help reinforce the fact that they are disabled.
  • Increased the maximum width of menus by 100 pixels.
  • Added 'Language Bar' internal command, which emulates the functionality of the Windows Language Bar. It changes dynamically, showing the active keyboard layout in the current foreground window, and allows switching to other keyboard layouts through a menu displaying all available language and keyboard layouts.
  • Tray icon customization is now disabled by default to save resources.
  • Double clicking a shortcut now launches a new session when 'Do not launch multiple sessions of the same application' is enabled.
  • Added 'Always at the base of the icon' setting to the running indicator offset dialog. This forces the running indicator to always be shown below the icon independently of the current dock orientation.
  • By default the running indicator is now 'Always at the base of the icon' and the indicator offset set to 30%.
  • The Shelf now smoothly resizes when double clicking a Shelf tab to fully expand it or return it to the default number of rows, instead of changing sizes instantaneously.
  • Renamed the 'WinstepXtreme.exe' multi-function helper application to 'Winstep.exe' to avoid confusing users of Nexus and Nexus Ultimate.
  • Added multi-language support to the 'Winstep Key Manager' helper application.
  • Added an optional new style to some UI elements (windows live preview thumbnail backgrounds, menu document thumbnail backgrounds, ballon tooltip background and the 'working' splash screen) to better fit with the default Windows 8 and Windows 10 look. Enabled by default on Windows 10 and 8.
  • Added option in the More Options dialog of the General Preferences tab to enable the new Windows 10 style even when not running under Windows 10 or 8.
  • Added 'Colorize with the dominant color of the desktop background'/'Wallpaper hot-track' setting to the colorization options of the docks and the Shelf, which automatically colorizes them to 'blend in' with the current desktop wallpaper.
  • Added colorization settings to the Appearance tab of the Shelf Properties panel.
  • The Explosion animation displayed when items are deleted can now be customized in the More Options dialog of General Preferences. User must specify a multi-frame PNG or TIF animation strip (animated icon).
  • Moved the icon reflection and icon drop shaddow context menu options from the Effects menu to the Appearance and Sounds menu.
  • Changed the appearance of the Aero style balloon tooltip.
  • Improved the appearance of the Aero Style 'busy' splash screen.
  • Added a 'Edge Bump Settings' button to the General tab of Preferences.
  • Added ability to activate docks and the Shelf via 'edge swipes' instead of 'edge bumps.
  • Added a new dialog to control edge swipe timings.
  • Added a new setting to limit the distance the mouse pointer can travel during the activation delay for screen edge bumps. If the pointer moves behind this threashold while waiting to trigger an edge bump, the bump is discarded/ignored. This should help reduce accidental edge bump activations.
  • Docks are now moved up in the z-order when mousing over them (if 'pop up on mouseover' is enabled) instead of removing focus from the currently active window. This provides a smoother experience since the active window does not change state.
  • Added a 'Edge Swipe Settings' button the the General tab of Preferences and Dock Behavior panels.
  • Added new 'Frequent Programs' tab type which displays the user's most frequently used applications.
  • Added a 'Clear Recent Documents' internal command as the first item of a Recent Documents tab.
  • Dock icons can now be combined with running application icons in the dock so there is no duplication of icons.
  • By default clicking on a grouped running application icon now shows live window preview thumbnails instead of the group menu.
  • Added option to show the group menu when clicking on the icon of grouped running applications instead of showing the live preview thumbnails.
  • Added support for RK Launcher's Theme.conf skins.
  • Theme tabs in Preferences now open immediately instead of waiting for theme files to be retrieved.
  • Animation speed in the General tab of Preferences can now be set in 50 ms intervals.
  • Added a default running indicator bitmap.
  • The Windows hidden notification icons window is now monitored when open and automatically repositioned if it suddenly'jumps' to another location on the screen (as happened if the mouse pointer hovered over an invalid notification icon).
  • The Shelf Tab Properties dialog now automatically gives a new tab an appropriate default name according to the currently selected tab type.
  • Added option not to show icon reflections on vertical sub-docks.
  • Added warning for Windows 8/10 users regarding the Glass Blur effect requiring the AeroGlass 3rd party utility.
  • Added full support for high-DPI displays.
  • Added option to automatically scale menus up on high DPI displays or not, as well as text in the Shelf.
  • Icon shift routine in the Shelf is now an order of magnitude faster, which is especially noticeable when working with large, fully expanded, Shelf tabs.
  • The Weather Module now automatically tries to retrieve the user's current location based on IP address when running for the first time.
  • Added 'Get My Location' button to the Weather Module Preferences screen, which tries to get the user's current location (country, state, city, etc...) based on his IP address.
  • Google killed their weather API, but weather forecasts for locations that do not have a Weather.com code (i.e.; only have a METAR code) can now be retrieved via MSN Weather.
  • Changed defaults to: show running indicator on docks, running indicator offset at 30%, do not launch multiple instances, disable system tray icon customization and don't show icon reflections on vertical docks. When running under Windows 10: dock icon label background, outline and colorize according to dominant color of dock background are on, dock control icon color is Black Metal, UI base color is gray.
  • Size of the UI font is now automatically reduced from point 10 to point 9 whenever a language other than English is selected to try and make up for the fact that translations from English are usually longer than the original text.
  • Optimized the UI to try and prevent unchecked translations from over-running the available space.

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