Reader ravenclawwit is no stranger to our featured desktop series, and submitted this beautiful setup to our Desktop Showcase a few weeks ago. It looks great, from top to bottom, and is pretty heavily personalised. It also has a little secret.
First thing's first — ravenclawwit made this setup with Rainmeter, so that's what you'll need if you want to make it yours. If you're not familiar with Rainmeter, check out our getting started guide here.
Now, here are the components you'll need to make this setup your own:
- The wallpaper, by Sashaa812 at DeviantArt
- The Rainmeter system tweaking and monitoring tool for Windows
- The Disen skin for Rainmeter for the clock widget and the weather widget (modified, with the modified version available on Dropbox at the link below)
- The Omnimo suite for Rainmeter for the to-do list and the Google search bar
- The Cleartext skin for Rainmeter for the Now Playing widget
- The CircuitousTwo suite of skins for Rainmeter for the system monitors
- The RainDrop 2 audio visualizer for the little secret special visualizer effect you can see in the screenshot below
- Classic Shell for Windows to make the taskbar transparent and to customise it with shortcuts, and this mouseover gif for it, from the Classic Shell forums.
Oh, so that secret we mentioned? Well, when the visualizer is enabled, here's what ravenclawwit's desktop looks like:
So when the screen is empty, there's just music playing, or it's acting as a second screen, it still looks great. For more detail on all of these skins and how they were set up, definitely check out ravenclawwit's Kinja blog, linked below — there's longer explanations for each of the bullets above.
Drops of Clarity [ravenclawwit]