desktop utilities

Vista Start Menu – added 3/6/2006

Vista Start Menu is a completely another approach to the interface. Vista Start Menu uses the natural ability and presents programs as icons. Once you open the menu, you see the icons of installed programs at once.

John’s Background Switcher – added 3/2/2006

John’s Background Switcher periodically changes the background image on your computer (like every hour or every day). It can use a local folder as a source for a random image background. John’s Background Switcher also integrates with Flickr, so there are loads of options to specify exactly what sort of images you want to choose from (using tags such as cats, mountains or sunsets) and you can select a single user’s pictures or photo sets (such as your own if you have a Flickr account).

Vitrite – added 2/18/2006

Vitrite is a tiny utility that allows you to manually adjust the level of transparency for almost any visible window. It works by utilizing a feature present in Windows 2000/XP (and all later incarnations) for variable window transparency. When executed, Vitrite minimizes to the system tray in the lower right corner of the screen.

Glass2k – added 5/31/2005

Glass2k allows Windows 2000/XP users to make any window transparent. Right-click on any window or press the keyboard shortcuts (Control + Shift + [0-9]) to make any window transparent. It’s that simple.

Saver Starter – added 2/1/2006

Saver Starter allows a screen saver to be started by moving the mouse over a corner of the screen, prevents a screen saver from starting when the mouse is in a corner of a screen, starts the current screen saver quickly and ives easy access to the screen saver configuration settings.

WheelsOfVolume – added 12/31/2005

WheelsOfVolume uses the mouse wheel to control the volume of your computer. When ever you turn the mouse wheel when it is not used by any application (in other words) when it is on the desktop, the volume of your computer will be adapted. When you are in a full screen application you will have the same effect when you move the mouse to the top right corner of the screen. To mute the sound you just have to click the mouse wheel.

Virtual Dimension – added 12/29/2005

Virtual Dimension is a free, fast, and feature-full virtual desktop manager for Windows platform. The main goal of this open-source project is indeed to enhance the Microsoft “Window Manager” up to the level of usual Unix Window Manager, by providing virtual desktops, as well as some additional features, like always on top, window shading, etc. Using Virtual Dimension, you could have all your chat and irc windows on one virtual desktop; your email client and browser windows on another; and your text editor and debugger on a third one. This way, you only have what you need before you, yet you can easily switch to another desktop when you need to access the other applications.

Neowin UXTheme Multi-Patcher – added 12/22/2005

Use 3rd-party windows visual styles to replace the ones which come with Windows XP. Simply run the installer,and then download XP themes from third-party sites, such as Belchfire.

UberIcon – added 12/14/2005

UberIcon creates a more customizable atmosphere on your desktop by extending the Windows operating system to include new effects for your icons and folders. It is completely plugin based allowing the user to have control over the look and feel of their system.

SmartBarXP – added 12/9/2005

SmartBarXP is a bar that runs down the side of your screen, and can be configured to display interactive panels known as ‘panes’. These panes include media players, slideshow and image viewing panes, a virtual desktop manager, and live news, weather and stock feeds to mention but a few. The panes can be repositioned on the bar, and scrolled if the bar becomes too full. The bar can also be host to extra sections, which include a recycle bin, explorer shortcuts, and taskbar replacement sections (start button, taskbar buttons and system tray sections).

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