The Minimal Academic Desktop

The Minimal Academic Desktop

Reader sgosp3 wanted a desktop that was minimal and helped him focus on his research work. He built this Windows desktop so he has plenty of space to work, and the right tools easily in reach. Here’s how he did it.

It looks deceptively clean, but there are lots of shortcuts to all of his academic tools right at the top, where he needs them. Here’s what you’ll need if you want to make this custom desktop yourself:

sgosp3 noted that the search bars can be each configured for commonly-used research databases, like your institution’s library OPAC, and he uses the timers to keep him on task and schedule his breaks. The design keeps everything nice and clean so there’s plenty of room to work.

Dark Minimal Academic [sgosp3]

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