Thanks, VikingOSX. I had actually done what you suggested, but I guess I should have been asking what is a stack? As I was trying to get the idea into my head as to what a stack is, I assumed it to be a collection of things you want to group into an easily accessable "stack". Now, I am under the impression that a "stack" is simply a folder placed on the dock for easy access with several ways to be viewed, not a collection of aliases to files, folders and programs placed in a "stack" on the dock for ease of access. Would you agree that a stack is simply a shortcut to a folder?
If so, I suppose one could create a folder specifically for use on the dock and place desired aliases in that folder.
Again, thanks for the reply.
When you drag and drop a folder onto the dock, the icon on the dock of that folder is an alias back to the original folder location. The default is to make that folder dock icon a stack. When you drag and drop files into the original folder, the dock alias of that folder (the stack) bounces and you now see a fan fold of the files that were dropped in the original folder.
By example, I created a new folder in my login directory. Called it Foobar, and dragged it to the Dock right next to the Trash icon. By default, it made itself a stack. I now dragged three arbitrary files onto the original folder. The Foobar dock icon bounced once. When I clicked on it, a new stack revealed the files that were copied into the Foobar folder. The result looks like this:
If you were to click on any one of these files, it would be opened by the default application for that file type. If one of these had been an installer, you could click on the installer and it would open in a window as you would expect an installer to do.
I've made a folder in my main user directory called "Dock Stack" and filled it with aliases to files from diverse folders that I would like to be able to access easily without jumping around in Finder everytime. I dragged that folder to the Dock and it fans all of those different files out nicely.
Thanks for the help!