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Old 10-02-2008, 10:55 PM #1
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Customizing The PC Desktop Layout

I have seen many many questions about some of the things that will be included in this thread. Hopefully it will help "un-clutter" the desktop thread in here.

DOCKS

RocketDock - "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."

It can be seen in this image:


Basically its just a fancy task bar.
It can be found here: www.rocketdock.com

Many people do not recognize it until they see the popular icons that are available for it. This is an example of what I'm talking about:

You can get it here: http://styrizo.deviantart.com/art/Re...l-III-49260505

You can make these icons or find them online. There are many different variants. After you get the icons, you must change the setting on the dock so that the opacity is 0%. It will then just look like text floating in the air by itself.

There are also different kinds of docks. Personally I haven't had any experience with them so I can't tell you which is better and why. Hopefully someone in ST:T will be able to help.

They include:
ObjectDock - http://www.stardock.com/products/objectdock/index.asp
OrbitDock - http://www.ecocardio.com.br/orbit/
MobyDock - http://oxyx.oxygen-inc.com/
RK Launcher - http://home.cogeco.ca/~rklauncher/
JetToolBar - http://www.cowonamerica.com/download/jettoolbar.html

RAINMETER

Rainmeter is a program that performs multiple tasks. It can display the weather forecast, your computer's speeds, etc.

An example of Rainmeter is:


You can download this program here: http://www.ipi.fi/~rainy/legacy.html

A very good place to look for different skins is www.customize.org. They offer many different types there.

The popular one going around now is the "HUD.Vision" skin.
An example is here:


RAINLENDAR

Rainlendar is basically just a calendar. It also has a "To do list" function as well.

An example of Rainlendar:


You can download this program here: http://www.ipi.fi/~rainy/legacy.html

You can also find a ton of different skins for this at www.customize.org.

CUSTOM XP THEMES

Okay, if you are running Windows XP you are in luck. You are able to change you Windows theme with ease. To do this go to http://www.neowin.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=308905 and grab the zip file. This is a patch that will allow custom themes to be downloaded onto your machine.

If that doesn't work, try this one: http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/...iPatcher.shtml

Open the ZIP, run the program, and you are now able to use custom themes. Like I have stated numerous times, visit www.customize.org and you will find many different themes.

Some examples are:






Now to actually get the theme installed, you open the ZIP provided for the themes and find the .msstyles file and double click on it. Your XP Themes Menu will open and it will ask if you would like to apply the theme.

Dont forget to add the fonts as well, or it won't look correct. To do this, open the ZIP once again, find the fonts in the folders and extract them to the fonts folder on your machine. Generally it goes something like this:
My Computer > Local Disk > WINDOWS > Fonts if I remember correctly.

I'm sure that I have missed a ton of different things that can be added to this list, but as of right now this is what I know. Like I said before, hopefully people will be kind and add things in.

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Old 10-02-2008, 10:57 PM #2
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I've been meaning to make this thread for forever. to you for doing it.
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Old 10-02-2008, 10:59 PM #3
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Great thread answered a lot of my questions!
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Old 10-02-2008, 11:00 PM #4
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Glad I could help!
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Old 10-02-2008, 11:01 PM #5
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I just glanced through, but it has pictures... so

Edit: But seriously, very well written and thorough on explaining everything.
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Old 10-02-2008, 11:03 PM #6
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Add a section for uxtheme patching and using custom themes.
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Old 10-02-2008, 11:04 PM #7
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Add a section for uxtheme patching and using custom themes.
CRAP. I totally forgot about that.
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Old 10-02-2008, 11:17 PM #8
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Old 10-02-2008, 11:21 PM #9
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Good stuff.
Link to that skin for us lazy guys?
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which skin? For rainmeter?
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Uxtheme doesn't work with SP3 does it?
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Oh I forgot to ask can you provide a link to some of the work icons?
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I cannot for the life of me get rainmeter to work. Every time I install it then boot it up I get all these errors like blah blah.dll cant load and blah blah cant bound with blah blah then only the weather icon loads.
Am I missing something here?
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Old 10-03-2008, 05:35 AM #15
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I'm using objectdock right now and I love it. I tried the free version and you get only one dock. If you upgrade to objectdock plus by buying it or *cough*torrent, you can add multiple docks that can also include tabs and other features.

I guess I shouldn't say I love it because I haven't tried the other ones but this program seems to work very well.

This is a great feature if you want to get rid of that damn taskbar.
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Uxtheme doesn't work with SP3 does it?
It does, just find the right one.
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Here's the uxtheme pack for SP3 I have hosted:
http://rapidshare.com/files/12274769...P3_UXTHEME.rar
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It does, just find the right one.
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