Like some users, you might want to customize your operating system's desktop to make it look a whole lot different! There are many tools for customizing Windows, and Rainmeter is one of them.. You will find out how to install Rainmeter themes on Windows 10, 8 and 7.
From installing themes via Rainmeter toinstallation of a dock (launcher), through the addition of new themes in the system resources, Windows users have many ways to personalize their computers.
Download Rainmeter to customize the Windows desktop
To install Rainmeter themes on Windows, you will first need to download and install the software in question: Rainmeter. It is a free and very light tool, developed by Rainlendar.
Rainmeter allows you to change the appearance of the Windows desktop by adding widgets, quick access buttons to programs and / or system functions. It is supported by almost all versions of Windows. Download Rainmeter for Windows here.
Download and install Rainmeter on your computer. To take advantage of it, you must also have one or more themes to apply. We thus offer you a theme, the one we will use in this article. Later, you can download more from the internet.
Download and keep this theme on your computer, you will need it when it comes to installing a new theme with Rainmeter. Here is what your computer's desktop will look like after loading certain elements of the theme that we are going to use:
On the screenshot above, you can notice the existence of several elements. Some act directly on the system, such as volume management, disk management, etc. There are also some which do not act on the system, that is to say which only contribute to the appearance of the desktop.
Install Rainmeter themes on Windows 10, 8 and Win 7
When launching the installation of the Rainmeter executable file, proceed leaving the default configurations. It will only take a few seconds to install, then launch it, as you will be prompted to after installation is complete.
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Launch of Rainmeter
Upon launch, Rainmeter will display two items on your desktop. Welcome information (in English) in the center, as well as details of CPU usage, RAM as well as those related to disk partitions, above right of the screen.
To make the details disappear in the center of the screen, you can simply right click on it, then click on " Unload the skin At the bottom of the pop-up window.
Do the same for any other items that you no longer want to display on the desktop. You can also deactivate an element of your choice by going to the icons of the Windows notification area, to the Rainmeter icon.
By a click must on it, you will open a context menu through which you can deactivate certain elements visible on your desktop. The same icon will be used for opening and managing Rainmeter. How then to install Rainmeter themes on Windows?
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Install Rainmeter themes on Windows
Open the ZIP of your Rainmeter theme, the one that was suggested to you at the beginning of the article, and unzip it. In the ZIP, open the folder " Skins ", Copy the folder" Neon Space "And go paste it in" Documents → Rainmeter → Skins ". You can also drag and drop.
Once done, go to Rainmeter management. To do this, click on the Rainmeter icon in the icons of the Windows notification area, as in the screenshot below:
In the manager, click on " Update all ". Your theme recently added to the Rainmeter folder will then be visible. To call an element of your theme, you will use its file .ini. You can activate, customize or deactivate the elements of your choice.
To load an element, click on the name of your theme to expand all its elements and choose the one to activate. Each of the theme elements has its own folder with extension files .ini. For the chosen element, click on its extension file .ini, then on " Charger ».
As soon as the element loads, it will appear on your screen with the default configurations. You can modify its configurations in the framed part in the bottom middle, or by making a right click → Settings on this element, in order to define its display parameters.
For example, you can define whether the element will only be visible on the desktop or whether it will remain displayed in the foreground.
As you can see, in the upper part of the management window, there is a button named " Edit ". It allows you to modify the lines of text of the elements of the theme through a text manager on your computer. Notepad for example.
But for that, you must have some knowledge in this type of coding. Each element can therefore be fully modified.
Load, unload the elements of the theme
The theme we are using has several display elements. Load items, change their layouts to your liking, and unload those that don't suit you. You can also add one or more items directly from your computer desktop.
You just need to right click on an element of your choice and point the mouse on the name of the theme. On the one that we have proposed to you, it will be a question of pointing the mouse on the option " Neon Space ". All of its elements will be visible in a drop-down menu. You will just have to load or unload the element of your choice.
This theme has a bar to shut down, restart or put the computer to sleep. It is named " Top Bar ". To activate it, click (right) on one of the elements already activated on your desktop and point the cursor on " Neon Space ". Scroll down and point the mouse over " Top Bar ».
You will have four display options for the same item. Select the option of your choice, they differ only in the display size. Once activated, you will have the following item on the top of your desktop:
By unrolling the part framed in yellow, you can directly shut down your computer, put it to sleep, etc. This item does not load with the name you have on this capture. The default name is " Galactic Standard Time ", Which I modified to" Clickmeric ».
Install Rainmeter Themes: Customize a Theme Element
You can also change the name of your Top Bar, and not just its name. Everything can be changed, if you know where to touch and what to put there. To change this label, right click on the item in question, the Top Bar, and select " Edit skin ».
In the text editor, scroll down to find the row with the item you want to edit. Locate the following line: Text=”#Galactic Standard Time#”, change it to Text="Your name for example". Then save and close the text file.
Then click (with the right mouse button) on the element you have just modified, then on " Refresh skin ". Your changes will be directly visible.
The text file of each element of the theme allows you to modify it entirely. From color to size, including the different icons displayed, everything is customizable. To do this, you will have to juggle numbers and small lines of instructions.
You can modify any element of your theme or create your own theme. Use the theme we offer, add and remove elements. This will help you understand how Rainmeter themes work. You will find other topics on the internet.
However, I must warn you that not all the elements visible on the screen have an impact on the functioning of Windows. Some, of course, allow direct action on the system. But others, many even, play only a fanciful role.
You can install Rainmeter themes on Windows and add other customization methods alongside. The advantage of items displayed from Rainmeter is that they do not require any special permission from the system. They do not modify the configurations either.