Close CorelDRAW Dockers If Not Being Used Regularly

March 6, 2014

CorelDRAW DockersDockers in CorelDRAW are a great way to quickly access features and settings and then either switch to another feature or collapse them until needed again. But do you realize that every Docker that is open, even when collapsed, is taking up resources on your computer?

Look carefully at any Docker and you’ll see it contains various user interface elements. The more elements you see, the more resources it utilizes. The most obvious resource is RAM, though it isn’t just memory being used.

Using more resources can slow things down. If you use too many resources, it can even make things unstable. So an easy way for use to put less stress on your computer and CorelDRAW is to close Dockers you won’t be using in the near future. If you are simply going to open a Docker again in five minutes, go ahead and leave it open. But if you don’t foresee going back to a Docker, close it!

There are many things that go into diagnosing why any piece of software crashes. Many users don’t believe me when I say that CorelDRAW rarely crashes for me. As I write this, I can’t even remember the last crash as it must’ve been at least a month ago. Part of the reason I so rarely have problems is I am aware of issues such as having too many Dockers open and make sure to close them if I won’t be using them for a while.

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  1. Anonymous

    OK, so how many dockers do you normally leave open? Is the docker graphic here in your post an example of “dockers trimmed down to a lean number of frequently used ones”? Or is it an example of “too many dockers hogging resources and inviting a crash”?

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  2. Foster D. Coburn III

    The screenshot shows the number I had open when the screenshot was taken. There is not a magic number, though less is obviously better. If you TRULY need and are using ten of them, great. I don’t think anyone is truly using more than a small number in a given period of time. Weigh the added instability of having more open with the few seconds it takes to open a Docker.

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