Beautifying Your Desktop

Ever wonder how you can make your dull and unmotivated desktop into something like these?

Now you can!

First of all, you need program tools. So what you need?

http://www.ipi.fi/~rainy/legacy.html
Download Rainlender 2 and Rainmeter.

Rainlendar is a feature rich calendar application that is easy to use and doesn’t take much space on your desktop. The application is platform independent so you can run it on all major operating systems: Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.

Rainmeter is a customizable performance meter, which can display the CPU load, memory utilization, disk space, network traffic, time and many more things.

http://rocketdock.com/download

RocketDock is a smoothly animated, alpha blended application launcher. It provides a nice clean interface to drop shortcuts on for easy access and organization. With each item completely customizable there is no end to what you can add and launch from the dock.

Some may suggest ObjectDock but I prefer RocketDock for it’s stacking function (Addons). The file size is much smaller too.

http://rocketdock.com/addons/docklets/1791

This is the Addons I mentioned earlier. It stacks the icons together and very convenient too. Extract everything to the Docklets folder in RocketDock. You may need to restart RocketDock to let it work. Just right click the dock and select Add Items. It should be there.

For those who’re not going extreme makeover, You can install any Windows XP Desktop Skin Changer programs. WindowsBlind is pretty much user-friendly or you can use StyleXP too. Other desktop environment program are like BlackBox , GNOME , SDK etc are pretty tough.

For safety measures, don’t touch loading screen, startup and such. Changing desktop skin and screensaver is 100% fine. If you’re confident, you may change login screen too.

Default Rainlender and Rainmeter’s skin are boring. You need something better!

http://sk2b.hp.infoseek.co.jp/

This is the best place to get Rainlender / Rainmeter skin that is pretty anime-oriented.

http://customize.org/
http://www.wincustomize.com/

You can get various skins in these 2 sites too.

http://www.e-1day.jp/morning/manga/chi.html

If you like cats.. Pretty random though.

Enough for the programs, I’ll show you some of the Yakisoba member’s desktop and a few guidelines on how they did it.

Tsubaki used:

Weather. Moxa Weather for Rainmeter
Objectdock using Styrizo Reflection vol I to IV icons
HUD vision for Rainmeter.
Lucid for Rainlendar2.

Everything can be found Customize.org, for the dock icon go google it on deviantart.


Testarossa used:

Rainmeter – HUD vision, Simplicity
Rainlender – enecao
Rocketdocks
Stackdocklet + Custom icon

Other member’s desktop for more examples:

Lyre
Aelesia
Mine

You’ll notice most of them don’t have taskbar in their desktop and that’s because they hided it. To hide, right click your taskbar and select Properties. Tick the Auto-hide the Taskbar option and click Okay.

As for the missing icons, just right click the desktop > Arrange Icons By > Deselect Show Desktop Icons.

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9 responses

  1. Hello. Can you please send me the url of the original wall paper of the 3rd pic? where it shows a small tree with a bit of orange light from the sky? I fell in love with the picture and I would really appreciate it very much if you give the details to where i can get the picture.

    Thank you. You can e-mail me, or click my name and drop by to my site to give the details. Thanks again!

  2. Wow. You just made the ugliest desktop in the world amazing xD Good work!

  3. @ roxas , good sense of humor you have, and lack of appreciation, you must have a menstuation or something, above are here work dont comment such non-sense.

  4. i love Testarossa’s desktop… it’s minimal and dark… wow @.@ love it so much… where can i get that wallpaper?

    1. No idea. You should probably try editing it yourself.

  5. yeah can u xplain to me, how to work the hud skin? kuz i downloaded it, ran it in the file, but i just dont knoe how to get it to appear. please help, i know theres instructions, but i cant just seem to get it to run

  6. you will also need cool wallpapers

    http://www.imageflash.com.ar

    thank me later 😉

  7. hey! great tutorial over here! i liked the samples which u provided us with! 😀 btw where did u get the wallpaper for ur desktop? D: searched high and low but i couldnt find the wallpaper version. could u post a link to the wallpaper if possible? thx in advance! 😀

    1. I made the wallpaper myself. I’ll upload it for you if you want. ^^

      Wallpaper link (1440×900):

      Also, I’ll email you the link so you can find them easily.

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