Weekend Open Forum: Your desktop's looks

By Matthew · 58 replies
Apr 8, 2011
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  1. nismo91

    nismo91 TS Evangelist Posts: 930   +33

    black wallpaper. black logon screen. everything is blank and clean, to accommodate my clutter files at desktop.
  2. PinothyJ

    PinothyJ TS Guru Posts: 460   +22

    My desktop rarely changes as I am a creature of strong habit and will only change if I think the alternative will benefit me greatly.


    The background is 'Storm' and was created in Chaoscope by yours truly. I use Windows 7 x64 Ultimate in test mode (for a few custom drivers - created by other people) with the SharpE shell (laymen's: essentially a theme that replaces all of the GUI elements like the desktop, start menu, taskbars, toolbars, et cetera, with their own pieces of software. Some alternative windows shells are for the purpose of greatly speeding up your system - see bb4win.org or http://www.lostinthebox.com/viewforum.php?f=43 for great examples - whilst others, like SharpE, are more for aesthetics and functionality in even amounts.).

    I think that is about it. I have my CPU and memory monitors sharing space with my multi purpose 'start menu' up the top left with two RSS feeds on the top right of the screen as well as my shutdown menu and two application links (these are for my house-mate when she needs to turn applications on). One thing that you cannot see because it is invisible until called is probably the greatest invention of all software-time and the FIRST application I EVER install onto ANY machine, and that program is SlickRun: a floating command line.

    Operating similar to Run (Wkey+R) with two very key additions: it allows you to set magic words and has auto correct. Example: "steam" is the magic word for (you guessed it) Steam. In order for my to launch Steam I press WKey+V (my chosen hotkey), SR appears at my mouse and I start typing the word steam in which it will auto-correct it and I then just need to hit enter. I usually try and pick a MJ that has a unique first three character so I do not have to type the rest. Sometimes this means being a little creative like '++notepad' for Notepad++ and 'pripyat' for S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat Complete (considering my love of the latter series).

    I rarely touch my mouse outside of gaming and Gimp and my wrist is better because of it.


  3. g4mer

    g4mer TS Maniac Posts: 310

    If you didn't know there is a Zune multi color theme. You can change that orange start button to some other colors.

  4. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 820   +345

    Give me a few hours to find a wallpaper in my setup that isn't explicit
  5. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Posts: 823

    Well, I have to agree ... that it is very cool. I tend to run a very basic desktop but after having a look at Matthew's link to InterfaceLIFT found something I liked. Was having difficulty uploading at 2560x1440, so the image is scaled down and a bit fuzzy.


    Welcome to Techspot :)
  6. pcnthuziast

    pcnthuziast TS Booster Posts: 323   +8

    Been going to interfacelift for years and have probably dl'ed a couple hundred walls. Never heard of wallbase though, but after just a quick browse I'm liking it alot. Thx!
  7. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 839   +29

    Not much tweaking to my desktop, and its rather cluttered. Lots of icons on the left side - I have a bad habit of saving things I'm working on my desktop and don't clean it up very often. On the right I have a couple widgets via Rainmaker (I still run xp so had to find something else for widgets). Have a clock, monitor for my CPU, RAM, and network - along with several quick launch buttons for programs and folders I use often. Also keep a weather tracker over there as the weather changes a lot around here.
    For a background I use various anime and game wallpapers. I use the same for my screensaver - it cycles through my folder of anime and game pictures.
  8. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Posts: 823

    Just curious, can you recommend some good sites for the anime wallpapers?
  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,033   +2,558

    Yeah, I'm still looking myself.
    I'll check that out, thanks
    This might be stating the obvious but this: http://browse.deviantart.com/manga/ is one place to start.

    As to the rest of you, I've noticed quite a few scenic themes. This site usually comes up in conjunction with this type of discussion: http://interfacelift.com/wallpaper/downloads/date/any/index7.html

    That's probably for the best. Screensavers *are* one of the most, if not the most, notorious deliverers of malware on the web. (If this has become a *used to be* fact, I apologize). The "Jessica Simpson" screensaver had a half dozen PUPs in it alone.

    At many website featuring both wallpaper and screensavers, it was usually safe to grab the Jpegs, but best to avoid the active content like the plague.

    Once upon a time, Nero had the cutest screeensaver. It was a prehistoric theme, with the (obvious) volcanic eruptions, pterodactyls flying about, et al. However, it did make my P-4 huff and puff quite a bit while it was running. (I couldn't find this @ Nero.com, it's on the Nero 6 retail disc).

    For those of you newcomers, be very cautious about what software you use to customize your desktop, the theme goes deep into your OS, and is one of the fastest ways to hose your machine.
  10. mosu

    mosu TS Guru Posts: 475   +84

    Avatar theme on W7
  11. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,115   +9

    i like to use desktopnexus.com
  12. Meteorix

    Meteorix TS Rookie

    Yes, It is... ;)
  13. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Posts: 729

  14. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

  15. Zen

    Zen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 861   +50

    I like to keep things rather simple, when it comes to my desktops. The only customization tools that I run with, is the use of a program called Rocket Dock and the application of simple .msstyles taskbar themes. I opt out of having my desktop display any regular or normal Windows icons, I can't stand them, I keep things simple and clean by running docks. Not as much "eye candy" on my system as you might find on a Vista or Win 7 machine, for I'm running Windows XP Professional (64bit).

    Here is my current desktop I'm running with on my primary computer system. I will post my lap top desktop later.


    Hope you all like it..............I do!
  16. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +138

    I recently switched computers so my desktop has the preinstalled wallpaper that comes with Windows Vista. I have a Google Desktop on the right side that gives me the time, my PC's performance and news updates. Pretty simple stuff.
  17. Jos

    Jos TechSpot Staff Posts: 3,073   +97

    I used to run Rainmeter to customize my Windows system, with no icons whatsoever on the desktop and using Launchy to access applications. Nowadays I'm using a MacBook as my primary computer and don't really care that much about customizing OS X's looks besides changing the background picture every once in a while. Here's what it looks like right now:

  18. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    I haven't turned on my desktop in weeks, as I mostly find myself using my notebook. So my desktop's appearance hasn't changed in months :p

    Anyway link to my photo gallery is here, which now includes the desktop of DV5 as well.

    Edit: Generally I download wallpapers from interfacelift.com.
  19. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 990   +233

  20. harsansp

    harsansp TS Rookie

    Here's how my desktop looked until recently... Shifted to Win 7 default look with Bing theme few weeks back.

    Windows Aero Visual Style
    Objectdock - Mac OSx Leopard Style
    Rainmeter - for background clock and calendar
    Start button changed with W7SBC
    Wallpaper from Deviantart

  21. krayzie

    krayzie TS Rookie Posts: 62

  22. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,676   +991

  23. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    Okay ....... nice touch. At least you are using IE as well along with FF just like me ;)
  24. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    Captaincranky said:
    I'm going to guess 'The best of Rubens" and 'Calendar girls':p
  25. Here is mine... spring :)


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