Reader Caln submitted this animated desktop to our Desktop Showcase, and it’s a great combination of work and play—room to work on the left and tools to help, and a fun, animated equalizer 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 equalizer
- 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 customize the Windows 8 Start menu
- DropIt to create a transparent recycle bin widget on the desktop to drag and drop files
There are a couple of things missing, like the specific dock icons and the wallpaper here, but they’re not too important considering you could use any icons or any wallpaper you like to get the same effect. If you have questions or want to know more about how Caln set everything up, head over to his Kinja blog post, linked below!
Do you have a good-looking, functional desktop of your own to show off? Share it with us! Post it to your personal Kinja blog using the tag Desktop Showcase or add it to our Lifehacker Desktop Show and Tell Flickr pool. Screenshots must be at least at least 640×360 and please include information about what you used, links to your wallpaper, skins, and themes, and any other relevant details. If your awesome desktop catches our eye, you might get featured!