The Sidebar Equaliser Desktop

Windows: This animated desktop from reader Caln is a great combination of work and play — room to work on the left and tools to help, and a fun, animated equaliser on the right side that matches his music. Here’s how he set it up.

If you want the same look on your Windows machine, it’s not too tricky, and contrary to what you might think, Rainmeter and its components are usually light on system resources, so you get the perks without noticing they’re running in the background. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • The Rainmeter system tweaking and monitoring tool for Windows
  • The Desktop VU Meter skin for Rainmeter for the equaliser
  • The Gnometer skin for Rainmeter for the system monitoring widgets
  • The YBoris 10-Foot HUD for Rainmeter to create the clock
  • RocketDock as an application launcher at the top of the screen
  • The Stacks Docklet for the icon “stacks” that appear from one icon in the video above
  • Classic Shell to customise the Windows 8 Start menu
  • DropIt to create a transparent recycle bin widget on the desktop to drag and drop files

Desktop Showcase for Lifehacker [Caln]


  • So it occurs to me that one: If you are spending all day looking at your desktop then you are not really doing anything. 2: Most people have a web browser running, why not build rainmeter into a web app that functions as the new tab/start screen page?

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