Create A Customize Windows 10 Desktop With Rainmeter

Rainmeter

Rainmeter is an application used to customize the Windows desktops. Rainmeter works by installing some of the apps that can change the working of the desktop with widgets like app launchers, email readers, calendars, and many other. It was being used as a tool to display the basic information on the desktop since the Windows XP. But Microsoft cannot make most out of the Windows desktop.

The Rainmeter not only is a free app but also it allows you to have the freedom to create your own custom desktop tools. Now, let’s install a desktop and make a customize Windows 10 desktop with the help of the Rainmeter app.

Install Rainmeter:

Click here to install the Rainmeter. You can even get the latest updates from the source code here. Also, the Rainmeter can be installed as a portable software. But as it’s not required, the portable software is not required, simply the standard software installation will do the best work.

Step 1: Click on the “Standard installation” and click “Next”.

Step 2: In the following window, make sure that “Launch Rainmeter on startup” is checked. If not, it will be manually restarted after a reboot.

Step 3: After the installation of the Rainmeter, you can see the disk and CPU usage displayed on your desktop. This is the Rainmeter’s default skin.

Step 4: Right-click on any of the skins and then click on “Manage skin” to get the Settings. Then a window appears holding all the installed skins. Click “Active Skins” to manage each of the skins individually.

Step 5: To edit the positioning and settings of the skin, uncheck “Draggable” and check “Click through” which will disable the right-click menu. Rainmeter includes an additional icon on the Windows tool bar through which you can access the menu.

Find a Skin:

Though the default Rainmeter skin is useful, it is quite boring. Most of the sites exist to showcase Rainmeter skin that includes DeviantArt, Customize.org, and the Rainmeter subreddit. Sorting by “Top – All Time” on the subreddit brings up some of the best skins and layouts. Skins from these sites can be downloaded, mixed, and matched according to how you want them to be. Some skins, like Enigma, are essentially entire Rainmeter suites by themselves.

Install a skin:

Install a skin involves a double click on the .rmskin file. Rainmeter’s window will pop up allowing you to install and enable the skin. For some skins, there are lots of different features, so if you don’t want everything loaded at once, uncheck “Load included skins”, and Rainmeter will simply just add them to your list of skins.

Tweak Rainmeter:

This software allows for a large amount of customization. It’s quite difficult to get with the code behind the skins. Right-click on one of the skins and hit “Edit skin”. This will bring up a configuration file with a lot of variable definitions.

For instance, if you wanted to change the color of the outer rim of this clock, you can edit the values of the variable which controls that. Most skins have comments in the configuration file, so it’s easy to tell what controls what.

There are still more alternatives to Rainmeter on Windows OS. And if you are using a desktop with Mac or Linux OS, sorry to say that you cannot install Rainmeter software on your device. Instead, you can install Geetool for Mac or Linux OS.


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