Monday, June 6, 2011

HOW TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR DESKTOP USING RAINMETER

Of all the programs on my computer, Rainmeter has got be one of my favorites, and I feel obligated to share it with you all. Rainmeter is a free customization tool that enhances Windows PC with useful, compact applets that float freely on your desktop (much like Windows Sidebar gadgets, or dashboard widgets for the Mac). It allows users to keep track of things like CPU performance, news feeds, system resources, online data streams, blogs, tweets, etc.

There are many thousands of various different themes and skins available to download and install to customize Rainmeter to your liking.





Once you've downloaded the installer, go ahead and install it.

To add/remove gadgets or configure settings, right-click on the Rainmeter skin and choose the appropriate options. From here, you can set variants, change skin, edit skin parameters, change skin position, add widgets (for battery power, clock, disk, RSS feeds, network performance, memory, weather, Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, etc) and much more.
 



The great thing about Rainmeter is that you enter all your settings via the GUI (Graphical user interface) interface which can be accessed by double clicking on the sidebar and then going to configuration, then once you entered them all, they’re saved for any theme you apply. This means you don’t have to go re-entering your settings each time you change theme.



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70 comments:

  1. Thanks! Now I can my desktop awesome.

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  2. I've been running Rainmeter for a long time. It's the perfect way to add some real practical functionality to my habitually minimalist desktop. Everyone should try this program.

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  3. Will be giving this a try later

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  4. I'm definitely trying this out! Thanks!

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  5. I love handy little devices like this - will have to try that one out.

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  6. i heard it takes up a lot of ram and if your running anything less than 8 you will experience a lot of slowness

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  7. Really helpful, as is the whole blog! Following.

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  8. useful tips, i'll try them out then post back

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  9. really nice program, testing now

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  10. I love rainmeter, currently using it with an aperture science theme <3 in love with it haha

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  11. I love this program. It has one hell of a steep learning curve and takes forever to get it set up properly but it's amazing when you understand how it works.

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  12. My desktop was bland too, definitely need this, thanks!

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  13. I've been running the standard windows 7 set up. Mhmm.

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  14. Definitely giving this one a try!

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  15. Ive used rainmeter too! I love to customize desktop with this themes and skins :)

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  16. This looks really cool but this things uses cpu and ram which are very low on my pc.but if i had a good hardware,I'd definitely use it.

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  17. Already got this, it's great.

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  18. thats pretty sweet! ill be checking it out

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  19. Tried it out! Works like a charm!

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  20. would this slow down my ram usage?

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  21. Nice i tried it and it works great, now my desktop looks much better thanks mate!

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  22. I've been looking for a piece of software like this for some time, thanks.

    Keep up the interesting posts and hard work, followed.

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  23. I haven't used Rainmeter since I was on XP. I'm using win7 now and have just been using the widgets it comes with along with rainlendar. Maybe I'll give this another shot.

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  24. Love rainmeter, been using it for a while now

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  25. Will try this out, does it cost much performance?

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  26. Gnometer is another good program for this


    +follow

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  27. AHH! I totally forgot about this, used it for ages on my old laptop. Downloading now :D

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  28. Finally found the post I was looking for.
    I'll start the make over right away.

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  29. Rainmeter is great, goes perfect with my background

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  30. Rainmeter is quite useful, but I somewhat wonder about how much memory its using itself.

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  31. Wow, thank you! My desktop is fucking awesome now! :D

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  32. Ohhh.. Thats pretty awesome. my desktop is looking really sweeet now. Thanks for the advice.

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  33. Been thinking of trying out rainmeter for a while now - this might push me over the edge!

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  34. hey thanks for the tips! rainmeter is super cool

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  35. i currently have this, its awesome, but takes up ram and slows down comp if you have a lot of file

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  36. Sweet stuff, i never understoon rainmeter

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  37. I've tried doing this but I just keep gettin confused so i stopped =(

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  38. Great app, nice features. Followed!

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  39. I've used rainmeter to basically copy the functionality of my android devices directly on my windows machine.

    If only Mac users could understand function over form... usefulness over status... importance over frivilous....

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  40. I use rainmeter, it is surprisingly easy to work with, it has a learning curve though.

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  41. nice I'm going to have to try this out.followed!

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  42. Looks like an awesome mod. I have yet to try out these mods. are these good starter mods?

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  43. I've been using sidebar gadgets for some time now and i swear they bug out 1 in 5 start-ups. Guess I'll have to give this a shot see if it runs any better.

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  44. I used rainmeter and stuff like that for a while
    it's nice but I'm just too lazy for all that

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  45. awesome I love rainmeter! :)

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  46. I have been using Rainmeter for ages now!

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  47. Nice! Now need to get a PC ;)

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  48. very cool, will be using this

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  49. Pretty sweet man! You've got some good info.

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  50. I've used rainmeter for a while - it's really simple to use and looks great with the right skins. I wouldn't be suprised if it becomes a staple program for all PC owners soon.

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  51. Not gonna lie, that's a sweet looking desktop

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  52. Never used it before, been hearing about it, I'll give it a try.

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  53. I love using rainmeter! I've been using it since I go my new computer. Though I've known a lot of the stuff covered in the post, some of it was new.

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