Getting the Desktop of Your Dreams: Rainmeter (Part 1)

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Are you getting bored of your conventional desktop? Were you never really thrilled with it to begin with? If so, then this is the blog (post) for you! The customization process can be a long one, especially if you are finicky like me, so be patient.

First, there are a few tools you will need:

  • The latest beta version of Rainmeter .
  • The latest RC of Enigma (Rainmeter will come with an older version of Enigma,  be sure to replace it with the new Enigma folder. You will find the skins folder in: C:\Users\#CurrentUserGoesHere#\Documents\Rainmeter\Skins).
  • Any other skins you might want.

Here are the steps to getting a Rainmeter desktop:

1)Close Existing Skins: When you fire up Rainmeter, you will find that there are already a few skins set up. To close them right click>skin menu>close skin. Do not right click>exit. This closes Rainmeter.

2)Open Skins: To open a skin, right click on the notification area button go to configs>#FolderOfYourChoice#>#FolderOfYourChoice#>#SkinOfYourChoice#. Drag it wherever you please.

3)Configure With Context Menu Options; To start out, open up the Sidebar skin.  Right click>skin menu>transparency>#NumberOfYourChoice#. The same principal applies to other skins.

4)Configure With Home Skin (Enigma Only):To configure your weather settings (as well as the reader options, etc.), open Enigma>Home. Click the Hammer-and-Wrench symbols and enter the weathercode (found here), and RSS URLs.  There are lots of skins, and even more options, but not all skins can be tweaked here.

5)Code-Monkey:Start off with steps 1-4. Now I won’t tell you everything, as that takes the fun out of watching you suffer exploration, but I might add that Rainmeter skins are 100% OPEN SOURCE. To really customize,you need to code-monkey, and that can get difficult. The Rainmeter format is based off the standard *.ini format, but the language is all proprietary. To code monkey, Right click on the skin you want to edit>skin menu>edit skin. The language is simple, yet powerful. It is quite easy to learn without any tutorials.

8184-1234139773-previewGood luck. If you need any help, post a comment in this thread.

Remember, there will be other parts to this multi-part post, showing you how to use other windows customization tools. For another point of view, visit Anarchia. And why not have a look around? A link to the home-page is in the Blog Roll.

CREDIT FOR ENIGMA GOES TO KAELRI.

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  1. #1 by Ezzk07 on 2009/09/26 - 17:01

    I have sent u a mail on ur hotmail account regarding the linking … we can stay in touch through that instead of spamming each other’s comment board. lol.
    tc
    good post 😉

  2. #2 by talkingpyjamas on 2009/10/02 - 20:13

    Ok, so I’ve download Rainmeter and Enigma, but am still very confused as to how to get things working the way I want them. I’ll have to talk to you in person.

    • #3 by Stéphane on 2009/10/03 - 09:15

      Be a little more specific and maybe I can help some other people too.

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