Rainmeter: Customize your desktop, your way!

To put it in a nutshell, Rainmeter is the best desktop customization program for Windows. Almost everyone would have watched Iron Man at least once! (If not please do so, its one of the best superhero movies out there) The biggest thing about it was the amazing GUI (graphics user interface) in Tony’s lab. To capture it simply, it would look something like this:

While we cant expect something as high tech as this on our screens (yet), we do have something to fill the gap and at the same time, even run on slower systems: Rainmeter.

What you need:

A Windows PC (XP to Win8 supported)

A broadband internet connection for certain features.

and your good to go!

Its open source so free for download and of course customization! Click here to download. The Iron Man theme looks like:

With a little patience, you can add all sorts of shortcuts, hide desktop icons and taskbar and customize with an array of free themes!

Themes can be found here.

Again, the link to the original webpage is here.

Adding shortcuts:

1) First find the location of the app, document or folder you want to execute. For example if I want to execute uTorrent, ill naviagate to “C:\Program Files\uTorrent” and click on uTorrent.exe . So your required location for the app is “C:\Program Files\uTorrent\uTorrent.exe”

2) Right click on the Skin and choose “Edit Skin” in the drop down menu. If the  menu doesnt doesn’t appear it means you’re clicking in the wrong place. Move the mouse cursor and try again.

3) It opens a notepad file for you to modify. You’ll find text like this that keeps repeating, just with different values:

[Folder6]
meter=button
buttonimage=buttonB.png
x=26
y=261
buttoncommand=!execute [“#folder6path#“]

[Folder6Name]
meter=string
text=#folder6name#
fontcolor=00fffc
fontface=after disaster
fontsize=9
stringalign=left
x=47
y=261
antialias=1

4) The first bold and Italian should be replaced with the location while the second should be replaced with the text you want to appear on the screen, to get something like this:

[Folder6]
meter=button
buttonimage=buttonB.png
x=26
y=261
buttoncommand=!execute [“C:\Program Files\uTorrent\uTorrent.exe”]

[Folder6Name]
meter=string
text=uTorrent
fontcolor=00fffc
fontface=after disaster
fontsize=9
stringalign=left
x=47
y=261
antialias=1

5) Save the document. Right click to get the same drop down menu mentioned in point 2. Click on “Refresh Skin” and voila!! You’re done 😀

More will be posted on how to edit your Weather, Notes and Slideshow app 🙂 Thanks for reading!

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