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Desktop Customization in Windows 7: Various Software, Tools and Tricks

Updated on March 23, 2012

No one likes the same old desktop anymore. The majority of people always tend to have something unique at their desktops. This urge and need of computer users have forced the creation of many unique customization tools and websites. There are so many ways, by which you can customize your desktop – sky is the limit here!

A person can modify and customize his desktop according to his own personal preferences and tastes. Today, you are not bounded by the lack of available options. In this article, I will highlight some of the basic options that are available to you and waiting to be used. You can choose the possible choices that you would like to see at your desktop. Following are some of such options.

1. Windows Default Personalization Methods:

I assume that majority of the people today use Windows 7. I personally liked it more than any of the previous Microsoft Windows’ versions. It just suits my style much better. One of the applauded features of Windows 7 was its personalization and customization techniques. It is easy to use and has a lot of features in it.

Windows default personalization methods mainly focus on some of the very basic customizable features. By using these customization techniques, you can change the account picture, wallpapers, themes, sounds, mouse cursors, desktop icons etc. Opacity, color management and other similar options are very good as well.

2. Docks:

People like me, who like to keep their desktop clean, can really use the advantage of such applications. The innovative docks applications help you to remove the icons from your desktop. You can be free of all the icons from the desktop, and alternatively, you can insert all these icons in a dock. Rocket Dock and Object Dock are two of the most popular dock application available in the market.

To read more about these dock applications, click the following link:

Dock Applications: Rocket Dock, Object Dock and Nexus

The 3D world

3. Bump Top:

Applications like Bump Top are the results of innovative technology and utmost creativity. Bump Top is a simple software, which completely overhauls your traditional desktop, and converts it into a totally 3D desk. This new and 3D desktop has 3 walls, which can be zoomed in and out, simply with your mouse scroll button. You can throw icons, which will stick at those walls and will allow you to have a better, sophisticated and a more comprehensive view.

4. Gadgets:

I am a crazy fan of all these various gadgets out there. My desktop has no icons, but gadgets scattered all over the place. These gadgets are not only there for the customization purposes, but in fact, they add more productivity from the user’s point of view. With the introduction of gadgets, people can effectively cut their time in half, while operating different functions. Today, we have gadgets for almost everything. Wall clocks, digital clocks, calendars, reminders, weather updates, forecasts, headlines, feeds, twitter updates, Facebook explorer, currency converter, CPU meters, iTunes applications, battery chargers, snack reminders are some of the very few to name.

5. Window Blind:

Window Blind is an excellent software, if you are a bit crazy about the customization of your desktop. You can try out the 30 days trial version, before you opt to purchase the full version’s license. The best thing about Window Blind is that you can download new skins for free. These skins get continuously updated and are able to completely overhaul, not only your desktop, but the entire way that your windows look like – desktop customization is just an ingredient in there. To name a few, you can change the wallpapers, themes, start bar, login screens, hard drive icons, desktop icons, task bars, status bars, and everything in between.


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Exploration and creativity is the key here. By using a little bit of creativity, even the simplest of customization methods can completely change the way that your desktop looks like. In the end, it all comes down on one’s personal preferences, tastes, needs and styles. Above are just some of the highlighted methods, which can be used.


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    • Hunbbel Meer profile image

      Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      Hello Sueswan: Glad to see you too :)

      Kindly let me know if you use any of the above options, and if you like them :)

      Thank you for stopping by

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      Sueswan 6 years ago

      Hi Hunbbel

      Good to see you again. A 3D desktop would be cool.

      Voted up and interesting.

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      @SubRon7: Congratulations my friend, I will check that out :)

      @Deema: Nice link. Thanks for your contribution :)

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      deema 6 years ago

      Splinter - The Ultimate Desktop Customizer

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      James W. Nelson 6 years ago from eastern North Dakota

      Thank you, my friend, I now can look into that. You have placed 3 hubs recently but you were gone for quite awhile too, so maybe you didn't see that worst-of-the-worst criminal, Les Paul, is now completed, and available at Amazon, but so far only digitally. Seems like I told you that I would tell you when that would happen, as you have been very encouraging to my writing. The title is "The Light at the End of the Tunnel."

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      No, that is not a wallpaper. That is a screensaver. It comes to your screen, when your computer is set idle for a certain amount of time, by default, it is 10-14 minutes.

      You can turn that screensaver off, or you can customize it your liking as well.

      A wallpaper is a photo sort of thing, which is placed on your desktop, where all the icons are placed.

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      James W. Nelson 6 years ago from eastern North Dakota

      Hunbbel, thank you, that second question is, when one is doing nothing, and all pages are closed, on my computer the screen shows my icons and basically nothing else but a color. ("That" to my understanding is the wallpaper, or the place "for" wallpaper.)

      After about ten minutes the screen goes black and a couple windows symbols ocassionally float through.

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      @SubRon7: You can use your own photo for your desktop wallpaper, my friend.

      I didn't properly get your 2nd question though.

      You can even have a desktop calendar application to merge with your wallpaper, which will show the calendar, events, to-do-lists, all along with your desktop wallpaper. All these are increasing productivity along with customization.

      If you have any question, even the innocent ones, you can surely ask :)

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      James W. Nelson 6 years ago from eastern North Dakota

      Hunbbel, since I spend all my computer time in writing and research, I have never spent the time to check into what your hub is about. Is it possible to use one of my own photos for my wallpaper? And is wallpaper what's present on the screen when you're not using it? Innocent questions, I know, but I don't know the answers.

      Good hub, my friend, and thank you.

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      Joyce Haragsim 6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      I have all my icons on one side in a neat lines. I'm going to keep your hub to read again. But I really don't mind seeing my icons. Voted up, interesting and useful, Joyce

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      Abhijeet Ganguly 6 years ago from Pune, India

      I personally use webshots along with google updater for desktop.