Customize your Windows desktop using Rainmeter
Rainmeter is a lightweight application for customizing your Windows desktop. It works by installing ‘skins’ to create community, many of them can change how the desktop works with widgets like App Launcher, RSS and Email Readers, Calendar, Weather Report, and others. It was pretty much from Windows XP, where it was used as a tool for displaying basic information on the desktop. But then it has gained a broader community which has created a high-quality skin that can change the whole desktop experience.
It can be downloaded from an open source program and their official website. If you want the latest updates, you can download it from their Github storage source code as well.
It can be installed portably as well, but it is not recommended. Standard installation works well.
Installation is simple, but make sure that “Launch Rainmeter on startup” is checked, it will be restarted manually after a reboot.
Once Rainmeter is installed, you should see some new things on your desktop, basic things like Disk and CPU usage should be shown. It is Rainmeter’s default skin.
To get Rainmeter settings, right-click any one of the skins and click “Manage Skin”. A window will bring you the list of all the skins you have installed. Clicking “Active Skins” will allow you to manage each and every individually
You can edit the positions and settings of each skin. If you do not want to drag, click “Draggable” and click “Click through”. It will disable the right-click menu, but thankfully Rainmeter adds an icon to the Windows toolbar, which lets you access the menu.
Search and install the skin
Rainmeter’s default skin is useful but fairly annoying. There are many sites available for displaying Rainmeter skins with DeviantArt, Customize.org, and Rainmeter subreddit. Expose some of the best skins and layouts sorted by “Top – All Time” in subreddit. Skin from this site can be downloaded and mixed and combined to your liking. Some skin like Enigma, basically the full Rainmeter suits themselves.
To install a skin, just double-click on the .rmskin file.Its windows will pop up to allow you to install and install your skin. For some skins, there are several features, so if you do not want to load everything once, uncheck “Load added skins” and the Rainmiller will simply add them to your list of skins.
It allows for an amazing amount of customization. If you want to get your hand dirty with the code behind the skin, it is not very complicated. Right-click on a skin and click on “Edit skin”, which will bring a configuration file with lots of variable definitions.
For example, if you want to change the color of the rim outside of this watch, you can edit the value of the variable that controls the values. Most skins have comments in the configuration file, so it is easy to know how to control it.
Unless you are on Mac or Linux, unfortunately, you will be out of luck, because the Rainmeter has not been made for OS X or Linux. For Mac users, GeekTool, which edits the same basic functions as displaying information on desktops and some basic widgets, although there is no big community behind it to follow options for skins are limited. Geektool is more oriented to people familiar with the command line because it almost completely runs in a Bash script.