Table of Contents
- Screen Navigation
- Screen Layout
- Application Drawer (left tab) Layout Options
- System Tab (right tab)
- Desktop Shortcuts
dxTop in an application that enhances and replaces the default Android Home. The key advantages that dxTop provides are:
- 4 home screens configured in a quick access “diamond” configuration
- A System Tab for handling recent apps and clearing the memory
- A home screen Dock for quick application launching
- The ability to Categorize Applications in the drawer and home screen folders
- 5 Custom Views for the Application Drawer
- Full theme support including support for Ringtones
- Custom dxTop Widgets
- Themeable custom Lock Screen
This tutorial provides an overview of the features of dxTop and how to use those features. We will try to use as many screen shots as possible so users can see the interface as we proceed.
When you install dxTop it will be available as an alternative to the default Home interface, allowing you to choose which one to use. Pressing the Home button on the phone prompts you to choose which Home interface to use and allows you to set dxTop as the default so you won't have to choose again.
NOTE: If the default desktop is reset as the default home screen, follow this FAQ to reset dxTop to your default home screen: http://www.accesslane.com/index.php/dxtop-supportmenu/dxtop-faq/39-after-i-install-i-press-the-home-button-but-it-still-doesnt-start-dxtop
dxTop’s screens are laid out in a diamond configuration. dxTop’s diamond screen layout is created to make navigating the four screens very easy, in fact any screen can be accessed in one swipe. Here is how it works, from any screen:
- Swipe Down to go to the Top screen
- Swipe Up to go to the Bottom screen
- Swipe Right to go to the Left screen
- Swipe Left to go to the Right screen
It might take a little getting used to, but once you do, it makes navigation fast and simple!
There are two possible layouts for the home screen, the “Drawer view” and the “Dock view”. The Drawer view, also known as the tab view, is the default view. To change between the two views, drag the drawers (i.e. tabs) to the left or right.
Drawer View Dock view
The left tab is called the applications drawer and it has 5 views to select from. Pressing menu while the tab is open allows you to change the current view:
Press Menu while tray is open to change view View Choices:
By default there are 4 icons across and an index down the left side. If you decide you do not want the index, there is a dxTop Option that enables an extra application column in this view and in folders and removes the index.
Default layout Layout with extra application option enabled
While in this view an application can be associated with a new or existing category.
Here are the steps to rename a category:
Step 1: Long press a category name Step 2: Renaming a category Live Folder of category
Is a handy view to find recently installed applications
Is another handy view to find what applications are taking up the most space on your phone.
This view shows the applications a user has hidden from showing on the other views. Useful to hide those never used apps, icon packs, font packs that show in the applications tray. To hide/show an application, use the context menu.
Also called the 2nd Tab, the System Drawer shows currently running and recently run applications and services.
The “Kill All” button displays a menu of options that allow users to choose which applications and services will be close.
Press the menu button from the desktop to display the below menu.
Each dxTop menu option is described in detail below.
The appearance menu is about changing the appearance of dxTop by applying themes, changing wallpapers, icons, fonts, etc.
Allows a user to pick a theme or not use a theme at all.
Icon packs allow a user to change all the icons separate from the theme. Works the same as a theme, but only loads icons.
Select this to change the fonts and colors.
Gives the user the ability to change font type and color using font packs. dxTop does not have its own font packs but relies on font packs available from the Market.
The only color that can be changed is the dock’s background color. If a theme provides a dock background, then this option is not available.
Long pressing an icon will pick it up. If you long press on an icon, don't move it and then drop it, a context menu will open and give you options.
Context Menu from icon on a screen Context menu from app in a tab