customizing desktop - newbie tutorial

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  1. above & beyond

    above & beyond No One on Earth

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    requesting thread to be archived, i dont wanna write this up again :hs:

    note: a lot of you guys already know how to do this stuff, so if this post does not help you in any way, dont consider yourself a newbie and dont ethug me. :o
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    #1. yzdock (program shortcut toolbar) - download here
    instruction:
    1. unzip all files somewhere.
    2. create a shortcut for yzdock.exe in your start-->programs-->startup folder if you want it to start everytime you restart your computer
    3.run program, select language, there should be a little toolbar at the bottom of your screen. drag whatever programs you want in there. to delete icon in toolbar, just click and drag icon out of the toolbar.
    4. right click anywhere on the toolbar BUT the icons for more customizing options.

    #2. icon packager (change all your icons easily) - download here
    1. the setup is in german i believe (in the computer world, german = cracked = suppose to pay but dont have to), but dont worry about that if you dont understand.
    2. select folder you would like to install to by clicking bladdra
    3. install by clicking installera
    4. run the program after installing
    5. it is pretty straight foward from there.
    6. to install the icons im using (just for example/test. more links to icons at bottom of post). download this and this
    7. after downloading, double click the program with the yellow/black screw driver in the icon. then all you have to do is click okay (when your icon package loads) and you're set.

    #3. visual styles (theme) loader - download here
    1. restart computer in Safe Mode
    2. to start in safe mode, press f8 before your windows starts loading. keep press repeativly if you dont kow when to press.
    3. after starting in safe mode, install the neowin_uxtheme_multi-patcher.exe
    4. restart computer normally
    5. download the theme that i use here (for test purposes. more links to themes at bottom of post)
    6. double click the theme file to apply it

    #4. changing cursors - no program needed
    1. download the cursors im using here
    2. unzip them somewhere,
    3. go to start menu-->settings-->control panel-->mouse-->go to pointer tab
    4. to change cursor, click browse and go find where ever you just unziped the downloaded cursors.
    note: all of the other cursors ive seen are pretty ugly looking, thats why i dont remember any other source to download more

    resource links
    http://www.wincustomize.com
    http://www.customize.org/
    http://www.themexp.org/

    *note these sites may have spyware
     
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  2. frankelefritzsux

    frankelefritzsux OT is a mental disorder OT Supporter

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    cool. in for later definately
     
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    did you put this together? if so i am impressed
     
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  5. above & beyond

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    it took me almost 30mins.
     
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    :bowdown: thanks!!
     
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    Shiva Chaos i see boobies!

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    litestep!
     
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    backslide This space for rent. Inquire inside.

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    Shiva Chaos i see boobies!

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    understatement :wtc:
     
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    objectdock >>>> y'z dock :mamoru:
     
  12. Shiva Chaos

    Shiva Chaos i see boobies!

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    it's a shell replacement. It works pretty well. easy to configure, but I don't like having to use a horizontal task bar
     
  13. above & beyond

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    im not into the complicated looking mods like litesteps and complete explorer shells. if you guys ever seen my full desktop, you'd know i like simplicity.
     
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    do you need a prize?
     
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    Yep, it doesn't load up explorer.exe when your computer starts and loads it's own menu bar and such.

    This was my desktop from last year. You right click to get the drop down menu and the bar at the bottom shows the stuff I have open (Opera, a text editor and Photoshop).

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    before, when i tired those shells, they annoyed me because ive been using explorer shell for 5 years, then all the sudden i right click and get this whole differnet menu.
     
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    backslide This space for rent. Inquire inside.

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    Blackbox is far from complicated. It can be super-simple if you want.

    This is my current work desktop:

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    No icons, just some simple stats, weather, and a calendar.
     
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    Shiva Chaos i see boobies!

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    well if you're used to explorer functionality, then it's a bit harder to get around.

    right click on the desktop basically.

    The problem i have with the shells is that the taskbar is obtrusive. it took me a long time to find a taskbar and to customize it.
     
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    well everyone has different standards for the word "simple".

    this is my desktop and i like the way it is. : )
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    I want that radar! :eek4: Is there anyway to do that without blackbox?
     
  22. backslide

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    Just had Blackbox installed and moved the bars around. The docs that come with the program are pretty clear as to how to change the settings. Got a theme from one of the links on the website and then got some Samurize scripts.

    The exact stuff I used is in the little text box to the left on that image.
     
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    Shiva Chaos i see boobies!

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    that you'll need cool monitor or samurize. I found that cool monitor is good just for stats, but jaysus they're memory hogs.

    Unfortunately i need coolmonitor running to check my temps. Fuck this prescott temp.
     
  24. Shiva Chaos

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    :hs: I switched to litestep.

    Basically there's a blackbox menu. It should list some sort of "setup" option or menu.rc or something like that. You would edit that file. It's sort of self explanatory. if you have any coding background, it'll help you recognize where stuff starts and where it ends.
     
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    he's using samurize for that i think
     

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