If you want to customize your desktop you can do so by changing the wallpaper. But if that is not enough, you should use Rainmeter. Here is a basic guide.
What Is Rainmeter
Rainmeter is one of the easiest ways to customize your windows desktop. You can anything from a minimal clock all the way to depth system info on your desktop. The way Rainmeter achieves this is through skins. These can be downloaded from the internet or you can make them yourself.
The skins that Rainmeter use are, just like the name suggests, a skin for your desktop. This means no system files will be changed and they are easily removable. Because of this, downloading and changing up the skins is very easy and won’t leave any permanent files on your PC.
Since Rainmeter is open source, anyone can create skins and edit them. A lot of people who create skins upload them on the internet so other users can download them. This means that there are lots of different types of sins. These can be moved around on your desktop giving you the ability to put them wherever you want.
Where & How To Download Skins
After finding out what Rainmeter is and how the skins work, you need to know how and where to download them. There are many different websites you can download skins from, due to Rainmeter being open source like we mentioned previously.
There are 3 major sites that you can download skins from. All of them are safe to use and all skins are uploaded by people just like you and me, so no fees applied. If you know how to code, you can also make your own skins, you can find a lot of guides online on how to do that. There are also a lot of other places you can download skins from like on Reddit, Discord and forums.
So, once the skin is successfully downloaded, you need to open this just like a normal application. Just as a heads up, you need to have Rainmeter installed first. Then you need to press install and Rainmeter will work its magic.
Once that is done, open Rainmeter and you will see a new folder with the name of the skin you have just installed. To enable/disable that skin, you need to open the folder and click on the file inside of it. After that, you can delete the original file you have downloaded from one of the websites.
How To Edit Skins
So, you have downloaded some skins and your desktop looks really cool now. But there is one problem, the color of one of the skins doesn’t fit in your color scheme. You could look for another skin but that would take a lot of time and effort. The other solution would be to edit it.
Many people think you need to know a lot about code to edit Rainmeter skins. Well, this is not the case. In most cases, a simple color change only requires you to change the hex code. For example, #FF0000 to #000000 this changes the color from red to black. You can find all hex codes online simply by looking up “hex code” and then the color you want.
If you want to see the effect of your edit, you need to save the file you have edited. Then, open Rainmeter to disable and enable the skin again which will reload the skin with the changes you have made. If you want to change something that is a bit more complex, you can look up; how to change “the thing you want to change” on Rainmeter.
All skins are based on HTML, which is a very simple coding language which looks like normal language in many cases. So, if you can’t find out how to change something you can look up; how to change “thing you want to change” in HTML. Most results on google will give you a template so you only need to change some numbers or letters.
Our Favorite Rainmeter Skins
Now that we have covered all the things you need to know about Rainmeter, you need some skins to get going. Here are some of our favorite Rainmeter skins for you to take a look at.
Launcher – Honeycomb
Honeycomb is a skin that allows you to launch applications by clicking on a hexagonal button. Each hexagon has the icon of the application it opens. This allows you to have the applications, that you usually have on your taskbar, on your desktop making things look better in our opinion.
Media Player – Chleon Player
The next skin is Chleon Player. This is a music player that adjusts its colors according to the album artwork. This can spice up your desktop especially if you listen to a lot of music and would like to showcase that. The skin supports all major media players including Spotify, iTunes, VLC, etc.
Media Player – Cleartext
Cleartext is also a media player, but more on the minimalist side of things. It shows you what song is currently playing in only 1 color, not changing depending on the album artwork. This skin also supports all of the major media players so you won’t need to worry about compatibility. A good media player for people who like minimalism.
Music Visualizer – Ocean
Next up is Ocean, a music visualizer. This fluctuates up and down depending on how high the sound is during the song. It looks pretty cool since this skin looks like waves which correspond exactly to the music you are listening to. Like with all of the music-related skins, this one also supports all major media players.
Music Visualizer – EQClock
The first clock skin is EQClock. It is a clock and music visualizer at the same time saving more space on your desktop. The clock looks very minimal and has a music visualizer around it. All of the bars move from the center outwards as the sound level fluctuates.
Time & Date – Simple Time
The last one is Simple Time. This skin shows you the time, date and what weekday it is. Simple time is very handy if you want all of that information on one skin. It looks very minimal with 2 colors. The weekday and day number is a different color to the rest of the skin.
Well, this was our Rainmeter guide. We hope you have learned something and can customize your windows desktop to the fullest.