After starting your computer, you will see the Dell Dock located on the top edge
of your monitor. The original (default) layout of the dock has the Category
Area of icons to the left of the Separator bar and the Quick Launch Shortcut Area
to the right. You can change this, but it is recommended following this layout
for ease of use.
The purpose of the Dell Dock is to allow easy access to common applications (i.e.
E-mail, Internet, Photos, Music, Videos, Office, Security, Help). The Dell
Dock keeps icons grouped together in categories, with associated icons located in
Drawers underneath. This helps eliminate a lot of icons on your desktop and
avoids confusing which icon does what. By moving your mouse's cursor over
any of the icons, you will see the icon grow larger and a brief description appear.
This helps you to quickly find the correct icon for the application you want to
Click on any icon and a brief description will appear below it (i.e. E-mail &
When you left click on any category icon, it will open a Drawer of icon(s) underneath
that displays shortcuts to applications. (Alternately, you can right click
on a category and select "Expand" and it will open the drawer.)
Internet Explorer shortcuts.
Launching an Application
Clicking on a shortcut icon will launch (run) the application (program or file).
If you don't want to launch an application, you can close the shortcut menu
by: clicking the category again (toggle open/close), clicking on a different category
icon, right-clicking on the category icon & selecting "Contract" or
clicking on the open desktop away from the Dell Dock.
Closing the Dock
To close the Dell Dock, right click on it and select "Close the dock".
Click on "Yes" (Close the dock). (Click on "No" (Keep
the dock running) or the
button to cancel.) If you don't want to be asked this question again in
the future, check the box next to "Don't ask me this question again".
Dell Dock on the Start Menu
If you close the Dell Dock and want to run it again, it is located on the Start
Menu under: "All Programs", then "Dell", then click on "Dell