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Superior replacement for standard Quick Launch. XWidget and XLaunchpad Homepage - Powerful Widget Engine with visual widget editor. Cairo - Windows Shell Alternative - Home. Emerge Desktop. Dark Glass TNG The goal of this Theme was to highlight as many Emerge Desktop features as possible without overloading the screen: all current applets are included, there is some transparency in the applets and menus, there is a mouse over effect, and the top icon on the bottom emergeLauncher launches a second instance containing a Live Folder with the user’s Quick Launch items.

Emerge Desktop

Submitted by: MeToo Older Style A victorian era desktop theme for emergeDesktop. For the ones who think that all the good times are past and gone. Emerge Desktop. Emerge Desktop. Applets[edit] Most of the Emerge Desktop applets are capable of being run as both standalone as well as being integrated, however the core applet (emergeCore) must be running in order for each applet to communicate with another in the suite.

Emerge Desktop

Each applet is aimed at replacing or extending a functionality of the default Windows shell and offers various configuration and visual customization features. Core Applets[edit] StandaloneStack » Chris'n'Soft. ObjectDock: Software from Stardock Corporation. WinCustomize Personalize your dock with downloadable skins.

ObjectDock: Software from Stardock Corporation

LiteStep. LiteStep is a Windows Shell replacement for Windows 9x and up, licensed under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).


LiteStep replaces the Windows Shell which provides access to the graphical user interface on Windows-based computers. Depending on the theme used, it can replace or remove shell elements, such as the start menu and taskbar. It can also be used to create informational-type displays. Aside from the core executable, LiteStep is made up of modules, some of which are included with the initial installation. Other modules, which a theme may require to function properly, are automatically downloaded. History[edit] Example[edit] Theme.rc[edit] No Start Orb for Win7 by Mr-Ragnarok on DeviantArt. Removes the Windows Start Button.

ATTENTION INFO. Tweaker. After years of development, I decided to release an all-in-one application which will include most options available in my free Winaero apps and extend it as much as possible.


I would like to introduce Winaero Tweaker - universal tweaker software which supports Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. Note: the set of available options will depend on the operating system version you are running. Version is released, see the change log below. Follow. Windows 10 - get smaller window titlebar and reduce window buttons. Many users are not happy with the default appearance of window title bars in Windows 10.

Windows 10 - get smaller window titlebar and reduce window buttons

It is too tall and the window caption buttons (minimize, maximize, close) are quite large. If you want to reduce the title bar height and make window buttons smaller in Windows 10, here is how you can do it. There are two ways to do it. To reduce the title bar height and make window buttons smaller in Windows 10, do the following: Option one. In version 0.3.1, I added the appropriate option to Winaero Tweaker. Here, set the desired height of the title bar. It will also reduce window button size, so nothing else is required. If you cannot reduce the title bar to the desired size like 15 or 16 px, you need to reduce the title bar font. Also, if you prefer huge title bars, it is a good idea to increase the title bar font. Bins™, by 1UP Industries. Download RocketDock. System Requirements: Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7500Mhz or faster CPU10MB RAM free * Please note that Windows XP x64 Edition, Windows Vista 64-bit Editions, Windows 7 64-bit Editions, and alternate shells are not yet supported.

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ModernMix: Software from Stardock Corporation. Hyperlink. Win 8. WindowFX: Software from Stardock Corporation. Hyperlink. Win 8. Windows 10 Appearence. ATTENTION INFO. Fences: Software from Stardock Corporation. Hyperlink. Windows 10 Appearence. Nimi Places. Download Nimi Places.

Image of Nimi Places: place type container (part 1 of 2) DeskScapes: Software from Stardock Corporation. Hyperlink. Windows 10 Appearence. 7 Best Windows (Alternative) Shell Replacement Programs. Looking for some good desktop/shell replacement programs for Windows?

7 Best Windows (Alternative) Shell Replacement Programs

For those of you who feel the need, the need to customize, an alternative shell to the Windows shell is the best solution. So what exactly is a shell replacement? It’s basically a program that will integrate with Windows and replace the default shell. The shell is GUI interface that you use to run programs or view files, etc. By replacing the shell, you can completely change the look and feel of the GUI. All of the shells are easy to uninstall if you don’t like them, which is good. Five free application launchers to make a better Windows desktop - TechRepublic. I cannot tell you how many desktops I see during the day awash in icons.

Five free application launchers to make a better Windows desktop - TechRepublic

How end users manage to get anything done is amazing. When I have to work on one of those desktops, I wind up having to scan through the multitude of icons to get anything done. For those clients, I tend to recommend third-party launchers - at least to get their application shortcuts set in such a way that the software they need to use can be quickly launched - or at least better organized. This blog post is also available as a TechRepublic Screenshot Gallery. Though many may scoff at the idea of adding launchers to the Windows 7 desktop - it's actually quite remarkable how much more efficiently you can work with multiple means of launching a tool. Five Apps 1. The Best Application Launchers and Docks for Organizing Your Desktop. Is your desktop so cluttered you can’t find anything?

The Best Application Launchers and Docks for Organizing Your Desktop

Is your Start menu so long you have to scroll to see what programs are there? If so, you probably need an application launcher to organize your desktop and make your life easier. We’ve created a list of many useful application launchers in different forms. You can choose from dock programs, portable application launchers, Start menu and Taskbar replacements, and keyboard-oriented launchers.