The Advanced Docking System for your Windows

Winstep Nexus Dock

Join our mailing list

Stay up to date with latest software releases, news, software discounts, deals and more.


Winstep Nexus Dock

  -  37.88 MB  -  Demo
  • Latest Version

    Winstep Nexus Dock 23.11 LATEST

  • Review by

    Marian Marinescu

  • Operating System

    Windows XP / Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Windows 10 / Windows 11

  • User Rating

    Click to vote
  • Author / Product

    Winstep Team / External Link

  • Filename

  • MD5 Checksum


The Winstep Nexus Dock is a FREE professional dock for Windows. With Nexus, your most frequently used applications are only a mouse click away - and Nexus turns working with your computer into a fun and exciting experience. By using it you can easily place your most frequently used applications, shortcuts, and directories on a dock that is easily accessible, but that is just the start.

You can also use integrated plugins to route important information from the web into your dock most notably weather information from any destination in the world. By having this app installed on your PC, users can choose whether or not they want to completely remove the classic Windows taskbar and change it with this stylish dock or to place the dock on some other part of the desktop and use both at the same time. It is important to note that Winstep Nexus Dock fully supports multi-monitor configurations.

Configuration of Winstep Nexus Dock is streamlined to a level that even the complete PC novices can easily master it, and on mere minutes create their own personalized desktop experience that will increase their productivity and bring a little fun to their work. Because docks can hold more than just shortcuts to applications and directories, users are encouraged to create more of them, some for apps, some for widgets that are monitoring your system, and over the last few years, designers from all around the world managed to create a strikingly beautiful icon and widget designs that can really make your Windows Desktop pop and look very unique.

Features and Highlights
  • Display running applications on the dock with task grouping, filtering, and icon customization options.        
  • Display system tray on the dock as single or grouped icons.        
  • Blur-Behind and colorization of dock backgrounds.        
  • Monitor active connections and bandwidth usage with the Net Meter module.        
  • Get weather forecasts for over 39,000 cities worldwide.        
  • Multiple mouse over effects: zoom, swing, bounce, and more!        
  • Live icon reflections and animated water-like effects for reflections and dock backgrounds.        
  • Easily change the appearance of icons of running programs and shortcuts by drag & dropping PNG, ICO, and TIF files directly into the icon.        
  • Multi-monitor support.        
  • Compatible with skins for all 3rd party docks.
The following features are disabled in demo version:
  • Multiple docks.
  • Ability to group shortcuts into an unlimited number of nested sub-docks.
  • Categorize applications into user-defined tabs on the Shelf (tabbed dock).
  • Increase productivity by displaying folders, the Desktop, My Computer, Control Panel and other virtual system folders as tabs on the Shelf.
  • Reduce clutter by hiding desktop icons and using the Shelf's Desktop tab instead.
  • One click theme switching via the special Themes tab on the Shelf.
  • Exclusive modules/widgets (e.g.; calendar plus battery monitor module).
  • Even more amazing mouse-over, launch and attention effects.
  • Unlimited number of clock alarms and reminders.
  • Customize system tray with high resolution icons.
  • Automatic installs and updates via the Winstep Update Manager.

  • Winstep Nexus Dock 23.11 Screenshots

    The images below have been resized. Click on them to view the screenshots in full size.

What's new in this version:

- Added partial Danish translation
- Added new 'Reset Reserved Screen Areas" Internal Command. This will reset any areas reserved for the NextSTART taskbar and WorkShelf shelves, docks, etc - useful when Windows gets confused about areas of the screen that should not be covered by maximized windows. It will also reset any multi-monitor and per-monitor tasklists
- Added all the Windows 10/11 Start button right click menu options to the contexct menu of a 'Start Menu' internal command
- Added new 'Use Legacy Mode' setting, disabled by default, to the CPU Module settings dialog
- Added "Check Service Communication" option to the Troubleshooting Options dialog. Verifies that the Winstep service required to perform actions that require admin privileges (such as installing a theme font) is operating properly
- Added new 'Settings' tab type, displaying all the Windows 10 and 11 Settings categories
- Added support for per-monitor tasklists: docks, shelves, drawers and even grid-stacks showing a list of running applications can now show windows open on all monitors or only windows open on the current monitor
- Added global setting 'When using multiple monitors, show running applications on..." to the Tasks tab in Preferences with the following three options: "All tasklists", "Main tasklist and tasklist where window is open" and "Tasklist where window is open"
- Added ".webp" to the list of default thumbnail file types
- Added new 'Media Mute' internal command, toggles the mute state of audio being played
- Added 'Allow Multiple Instances' setting to the Item Properties dialog of 'Run Program' item types. Allows launching multiple instances of the same application without having to press SHIFT or double-click even if 'Do not launch multiple sessions of the same application' is active
- Added work-around to display correct "Legacy" total CPU Usage under Windows 11 22H2 onwards (Microsoft introduced a bug in this Windows release that broke all CPU usage reporting tools, including Windows own Task Manager under the Details tab, and to this date has not fixed it yet)
- Added system-wide fix for incorrect CPU usage reporting on Windows 11 22H2 systems to the CPU Meter settings dialog. This will fix incorrect per process CPU usage both in the Winstep application as well as 3rd party applications (such as the Details tab of Windows own Task Manager). This is accomplished by setting the REG_DWORD value SerializeTimerExpiration to 2 (off) under the key "HKLMSYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlSession ManagerKernel" (note that changing this value requires a reboot for the new setting to take effect). Technical information about SerializeTimerExpiration can be found in page 160 of Windows Internals, Part 2, 7th Edition. WARNING: this value should NOT be set to OFF on systems that support Modern Standby (issue powercfg /AVAILABLESLEEPSTATES on CMD and make sure "S0 Low Power Idle" is NOT supported, this said the Winstep application should automatically disable the option to change this setting on systems that do support Modern Standby)
- Added new 'All Events' setting to the battery monitor module. Provided logging is turned on, this makes the module log power events such as monitor turning off, monitor dimming, monitor turning on, system shutting down, system entering or coming back from low power states, even when not on battery
- Added 'Troubleshoot License Key Issues' button to the Troubleshooting Options dialog box

- Updated Spanish language file
- Updated Czech language file, updated language name to Èeština
- Updated Portuguese (Brazil) language file
- Updated Portuguese language file
- The 'Renew Now' button will now also appear on the About tab of Preferences if the user's upgrade subscription has expired and he is running a version that no longer works with his current license key
- If running on Windows 8 or above and 'Use Legacy Mode' is NOT enabled, the total CPU usage percentage displayed on the CPU Meter is now the same as that displayed on the Task Manager of Windows 8 onwards
- System Interrupts is now also included in the list of processes and their CPU usage
- All Windows Settings internal commands now have individual icons instead of all sharing the same icon
- Under Windows 10 and 11 the default shelf now has a Settings tab instead of a Quick Launch tab
- Changed the wording of the uninstall survey
- Double clicking a folder in a Shelf tab or Drawer set to open folders as Grid Stacks will now open that folder in Explorer
- Windows 11: The Search dialog (invoked via the Search internal command) should now pop up next to the mouse pointer
- Text in the balloon tooltip of Wanda and the Lookup IP Address internal command can now be copied to the Windows clipboard by left clicking the balloon tooltip itself (just not the close button)
- Live preview thumbnails (for running applications) now fade out when clicked on
- 'Check Internet Connection' in the Troubleshooting Options dialog box now also checks to see if HTTPS connections have been silently disabled due to previous crashes (caused by Acronis Active Protection injecting code into 3rd party processes) and offers the option to re-enable them if so
- GEO IP feature that retrieves current location based on IP address is now performed through secure HTTPS connections as required by the GEO IP data provider
- Improved handling of multi-monitor profiles and changes in screen resolution
- The currently selected item was not updating itself correctly when creating a new shelf or drawer in the 'Dock and Shelf Management' tab of Preferences
- The icon cache was not being destroyed as it should when modifying a shelf or drawer via the Shelf Properties dialog
- Several misc.issues when editing and modifying shelf tabs via the Shelf Properties dialog
- Wanda would stop swiming on the desktop after returning from sleep or hibernation
- The 'Send to WorkShelf' dialog would crash the application when selecting a Grid Stack, a Drawer or a Shelf with no Regular tabs
- Only Grid Stacks and Drawers with Regular tabs are now shown in the 'Send to WorkShelf' dialog
- The CPU utilization percentage of the current CPU hog process in balloon tooltips was not respecting the 'Show decimal place for processes' setting
- Windows 11: automatic theme colorization with the dominant color of the current wallpaper was not picking changes to static wallpapers (i.e. non slideshow) made by the user via the Windows 11 Background Personalization panel
- Minimize animation now goes to the proper dock if using any of the per-monitor tasklist options
- Fixed 20 year old bug that could prevent some right click context menu actions on files and folders from being displayed (for instance, Properties was not being displayed for folder items under Windows 11)
- Application would freeze under certain conditions when opening the Event Actions dialog of the Battery module
- Issue that could sometimes prevent folders from being launched in Explorer after changing an item type to Folder in the Item Properties dialog
- Windows would display an error message when trying to launch a folder marked as "Program" in the Item Properties dialog if the 'Run as Administrator' setting was enabled for that item. This setting is now disregarded if trying to launch a folder in Explorer
- Trying to restore a minimized window via its live preview thumbnail while the window was being displayed on the screen was failing most of the time
- Fixed bad mailto URI in the CPU and RAM usage warning dialogs (used ampersand character instead of question mark to separate subject line)
- If the 'Hide after launching an application' setting was enabled, shelves and drawers were collapsing before completing the launch animation
- If the 'Hide after launching an application' setting was enabled, an accidental double click on a Grid Stack item could cause a shelf or drawer to literally disappear from the screen
- Opening the settings dialog of a module and pressing OK after restoring or auto-arranging desktop module positions would under certain circunstances move that module to previous screen position
- Mousing over the Hide/Show icon of a vertical shelf or drawer was not displaying the mouseover image

Join our mailing list

Stay up to date with latest software releases, news, software discounts, deals and more.