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  4. Madobe Nanami is an "OS-tan" or mascot based off of Microsoft Windows 7. Her name is a wordplay; 窓辺 (madobe) meaning by the window, and ななみ (nanami) being a name derived from a pronunciation of seven in Japanese. When translated or said, it comes close to "By the window seven" or "Buy Windows 7".
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  10. Last updated: 09/01/16 View the update history and see what was added!
  12. ***Infographics***
  13. Pictures with text for visual learners:
  14. Yuujis Guide to Ricing Windows
  15. Firefox CSS Installation Guide
  16. Browser HTML page/Home page reference
  17. Win 7 Essentials
  18. Win 7 Essentials(free-er)
  19. How to "debloat" Windows 7
  20. /g/'s Firefox Guide (addons/extensions)
  22. ***Tell all guides + Tips***
  23. New to ricing? The following guides are required reading:
  25. Johns' windows configs - AHK, bblean, foobar, mactype, etc
  26. Neiios "How to" on custom theme installation
  27. Windows Ricing Reference (By /wg/'s Syn)
  28. Seven Forums : Win 7 Tutorials
  29. Seven Forums : Optimize Windows
  31. ***Pages of Interest***
  32. Mirrors for random desktop stuff
  33. Github people
  34. Customize.org
  35. Subtle Patterns - pattern templates
  36. Alternativeto.net - Search for software alternatives
  37. carehart.org: A blog with a hearty list of file searching alternatives to windows indexing service. Also lists upload tools, FTP tools, and then some.
  38. Exsubstantia - Phaits blog, with list of popular start pages and visual styles.
  39. /g/ Recommended Windows Software
  41. -Ownership and Resource hacking tools-
  43. Take Control: (Easiest way to "take ownership" of files, so you can replace your explorerframe, shellstyle, etc).
  45. Resource Hacker: A freeware utility to view, modify, rename, add, delete and extract resources in 32bit and 64bit Windows executables and resource files (*.res). It incorporates an internal resource script compiler and decompiler and works on all (Win95 - Win7) Windows operating systems. Recommended for advanced users.
  47. Restorator 2007: Similar to Resource Hacker, Restorator allows modifying, adding, and removing resources such as text, images, icons, sounds, videos, dialogs, and menus in .exe, .dll, and .res files.
  49. UxStyle: Specifically, UxStyle consists of a tiny system service and a kernel driver that are loaded into memory where they hang out until reboot. No file system changes are made, so this method of theme patching may not work for everyone.
  51. Universal Theme Patcher: Replaces and backs up windows system files allowing you to use third party themes after a system restart. Mirror
  53. UxTheme Multi-Patcher: Same as Universal Theme Patcher. Only its not. Mirror
  55. Theme Installer: Software that will replace shell/theme files for you.
  57. -Dual Monitor / Display tools-
  58. Software to help improve your visual display, properly identify and place wallpapers on dualscreen setups, and add some window management features.
  60. f.lux: Eyes straining in darker work environments? White visual style too bright and high contrast? Just get f.lux!
  62. Dual Monitor Tools: Free and open source! Provides some window management, like launching applications with hotkeys and having them set to positions you have preconfigured. Works for wallpapers too!
  64. Display Fusion: Has a limited free version. Dual monitor taskbar support, wallpaper support, and some window management features.
  66. John’s Background Switcher: Another alternative wallpaper tool. Has features that allow you to receive photo streams from various websites, or select a specific directory on your computer.
  68. Multiwall: Just for wallpaper management. Can filter images, and you can even browse them via its built in website crawler. Also has slideshow/image cycling support.
  70. Ultramon: Not only does Ultramon provide you with better window management, it can also give you a "smart" taskbar, multi monitor support for wallpapers, VBScript and JScript support, along with custom display profiles.
  72. Actual Tools - Multi Monitor: With Actual Multiple Monitors you will get a fully functional taskbar onto each display. No matter which monitor you are working with - Windows 7 Taskbar features will be available anywhere.
  74. -Icon and Button Replacement Tools-
  76. 7tsp: "We wanted a simple way to customize Windows 7, so we created 7tsp. The patcher will back up the original (current) system files, and patch your Windows 7 with the items of your choice. There are official color packs available for download, in addition to some user created themes. It's possible to create your own custom Theme/Icon packs and apply them with the 7tsp GUI. Modifications can include icons, bitmaps, cursors, visual style, start button, side panel, logon screen, sounds, fonts, task manager colors, copy animation colors, and more." Requirements: Windows Seven Only. Resource Hacker has to be preinstalled on the system, or reshacker.exe has to be in the same folder as 7tsp.
  78. 7conifier: Similar to 7tsp, but just icons. Acting as an alternative to the paid stardock app "Icon Packager" with less features, this tool can replace Taskbar, Start Menu, Desktop and other system icons with custom icon packs. It comes with six icon packs out of the box (like token), but you can add more by searching online or making your own.
  80. Manual Library Icon Changer: A tool that patches imageres.dll bitmaps individually, making icon replacement in explorer faster and easier.
  82. Navigation Button Changer: Software that replaces explorer frame bitmaps and menu icons individually.
  84. Start Orb Changer: Software that replaces the "start" button bitmaps on your taskbar.
  86. Tray Icon Changer: Software that replaces bitmaps for volume, wifi, and the action center.
  88. -Taskbar Software-
  90. TbarMagic: Homemade program created to completely hide the taskbar and start button, with no gimmicks.
  92. Ultimate Taskbar Controller: Features options to completely remove certain elements of the task bar, and more.
  94. 7 Taskbar Tweaker: A more modern taskbar tool. Feature rich, and most of the configuration options it provides can’t be tweaked using the taskbar properties or the registry.
  96. TbarIconBlanker: As implied by the name, this application will disable icons that appear next to the name of tasks both on the taskbar, and favicons in the corners of your application windows.
  98. -Text Editors-
  100. NotePad++: A free source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. A handy program to have around when you need to re-encode any configuration files.
  102. Sublime Text: A notepad replacement that makes coding/scripting easier by indenting and hilighting text based on language markdown/syntax. Somewhat skinnable. Will occasionally bother you about purchasing a licence.
  104. -Explorer replacements, Window decoration-
  106. QtTabBar: An extension for Windows Explorer that brings tabbed browsing to Microsoft's file browser, along with other features.
  108. Explorer ++: A replacement file browser, you can either install and use it exclusively or use it alongside the default windows explorer. Similar to QTTabBar, it brings features like tabbed browsing and even the ability to customize whats available to you in toolbars and menus. It boasts more features and is more lightweight than default Windows Explorer.
  110. Classic Shell: Free software that improves your productivity, enhances the usability of Windows and empowers you to use the computer the way you like it. It boasts a highly customizable start menu replacement, quicker access to frequently used files, its own indexing service, interchangeable start buttons, and toolbar and status bar modifications for Explorer windows.
  112. Nexus File: A file browser that offers FTP support, along with dual pane viewing - making it easier to copy/move files more effectively. It's also skinnable.
  114. -Desktop Recording-
  116. LICEcap: Simple animated screen captures for windows 7. In addition to .GIF, LICEcap supports its own native lossless .LCF file format, which allows for higher compression ratios than .GIF, higher quality (more than 256 colors per frame), and more accurate timestamping.
  118. GifCam: Exactly like LICEcap, except GifCam can create lower filesizes. You can add text, and delete frames as well. May be better if you choose to record animated video.
  120. ShareX: ShareX is a free and open source program that lets you capture or record any area of your screen and share it with a single press of a key.
  122. -Workspace Managers and Window Management-
  124. Dexpot: Virtual desktop support (workspaces). Catalog windows, distribute icons, even have different wallpapers per workspace. Starter guide available on the website.
  126. VirtuaWin: Also creates additional workspaces. Usually used with a rainmeter skin to emulate tabbed workspace name look on unix systems. To download these skins, proceed to the rainmeter section.
  128. Winsplit: WinSplit Revolution is a utility which allows you to easily organize your open windows by tiling, resizing and positioning them to make the best use of your desktop real estate. The main domain recently went down and the link has been updated to cnet.
  130. AltDrag: Adds the linux-like functionality of holding alt to drag windows with the left mouse button. Great for those who choose not to use titlebars or window decorations.
  132. -Miscellaneous-
  134. AnimeRSS: A program that watches for torrent releases from specific sub groups.
  136. ***Windows Tips + Tricks***
  137. Common, but sometimes less obvious problems some people run into when attempting to customize Windows.
  139. An image worth looking at for security on your PC and WiFi
  141. -Center Icons on your taskbar-
  142. Sevenforums.com : Tutorial - Center Icons
  144. -Changing Your Icons-
  145. The easiest way to change your program icons individually, without any tools or software, is to edit a shortcut. What I recommend doing is navigating to the programs root directory, and creating the shortcut there so there is no confusion. Creating a shortcut also gives you the added bonus of naming it whatever you want, and even setting launch options. Right click on the Icon>Properties>Change Icon. Use your desired .ico file. Pin this shortcut to your taskbar/start menu! For other icons (library icons, task tray icons) please see the windows software section for tools to help you change them. Its a lot faster and easier than going through registries and replacing files manually. Look for 7tsp or 7conifier for icon packs, and browse for icon packs in the Icon section!
  147. -Tclock-
  148. Tclock is a small program that lets you customize your Windows taskbar clock to your own font, size, and color. It has several additional features. This build works fine for Win7 SP1, Vista, XP, and now Win8: Download
  150. -A blank start orb-
  151. Use this template with the "Start Orb" changer found in Windows Tools section.
  152. El-chucklebuck : Blank Start orb template
  154. -Change Your Log On Screen-
  155. While you can do this through registry editing, I recommend trying 7tsp. Other Guides:
  156. Techspot.com : Logon Screen Guide
  157. To change the buttons:
  158. Techtipsgeek.com : Logon background buttons
  159. To change the boot animation:
  160. Intowindows.com : Win7 Boot Animation
  162. -Making sure your taskbar is aligned properly, and slim as possible-
  163. Ever install appows and notice the icons or the start orb seem to be a little misaligned? This is just a glitch with the taskbar that is easily solved by extending it. Unlock your task bar, and drag it to the top of your screen. You can do this by left clicking and holding the bar near the center, and moving it to the edges of the screen. Drag it to the top along the edges this way. Once its on top, hover over the middle of the bar near the bottom border until you see the resize option for height ?. Drag it down, extending it to double the normal height. Move it back down to the bottom of your screen, then size it back down using the same ? option. Lock your task bar. You should be at the correct size and alignment now.
  165. ***Theme/Visual Style Editing***
  166. Everything you need to start building and customizing your own Windows 7 themes!
  167. Learn about patching your theme in the hacking tools section.
  169. Mainly, you will be using the Ave Style Builder to create your windows visual style design. With it, you can not only skin windows, captions, and borders - but the taskbar size, color, and several other elements within explorer windows. All you need is an image editor (like photoshop) and some common sense. There are some more in depth tweaks that can be done by editing the registry, and shortcuts through Restorator and Resourcehacker than can make jobs like replacing fonts easier. If you get confused, or have a question, search the Virtual Customs Forums FIRST!
  171. -Aves Vista Style Builder- (Windows Style Builder)
  172. Software that allows you to edit themes (visual styles) on Windows 7
  173. Download - Guide - PDF - Getting Started
  174. (registration required to view links/images on the forums)
  176. -Borders and shadows-
  178. True Transparency: An application that allows you to use PNG images to create skins used to change the transparency, and border effects of windows. Does not work on everything however, and can be unstable in Win7.
  180. Yz Shadow: Y'z Shadow attempts to enhance the looks of the menus and windows inside your operating system. It achieves this by adding shadows and transparency effects to all sorts of elements. It's a little glitchy with Windows 7, but you can add a customizable drop shadow to your task bar without much issue.
  182. -Hex Editing-
  183. Go deeper into editing your theme by changing seemingly hard-written windows code within the shellstyle and msstyle files!
  184. Hex Editing Tutorial : UkIntel
  186. -Change your Font Globally
  187. Virtual Customs : Change Fonts in WSB
  188. I recommend leaving some parts of the visual style as the default Segoe UI, since unicode with tiny bitmaps looks terrible and .ttf will produce bad font rendering (unless the quality is properly defined, and cleartype is off of course).
  190. -Remove the Folderband from ANY theme-
  191. Edit the shellstyle.dll in the Windows/Resources/Themes/"themename" directory with Resource Hacker. Enjoy.
  192. Askvg.com : How to make the Folderband auto-hidden
  194. -Remove the Address bar/Explorer bar-
  195. Using Style Builder, navigate to "Toolbars, Headers and Rebar > Rebar > NavBar > Basic > Base > Band" in the *.msstyles and adjust the "CONTENTMARGINS:MARGINS" to a negative value, as needed. Example: "0, 0, 0, -30".
  197. -Registry Editing-
  198. Additionally, there are a few more elements within explorer that can be restyled, or removed permanently when you edit the registry. Simply press WIN+R to open your run prompt, and type "regedit" to navigate the keys. These keys can toggle options already found within explorer menus, or can completely override the default and set negative values that remove elements - so be careful. Here is a list of basic elements you can remove to slim down your explorer windows, and customize menus. Everything is a separate link that will guide you to a tutorial about that element, and these guides also link to downloadable .reg files which are easy to merge with your registry, yielding instant results.
  202. Remove the Menu Bar (file, edit, view, etc)
  203. Remove the Library Pane (giant header in media folders)
  204. Remove the Navigation Pane (tree styled file browser)
  205. Remove or edit the Preview Pane (thumbnail preview of images)
  206. Remove the Details Pane (description on the bottom)
  207. Remove the Status bar (number of files on bottom)
  208. Add menus to Explorer (right click context menu on desktop)
  209. Speed up Windows (Shutdown and Startup times)
  211. ***Visual Styles***
  212. -Browse Dark Styles-
  213. Neiio : Appows 2010 Mirror:[link]
  214. Yorgash : Steam VS
  215. Nadir1 : Exon
  216. Ravmunken : Deshou
  217. Twnsnd : pix_ gray
  218. Krissirk : Shadow 7
  219. Juyle : Void
  220. Charleston2378 : Tavaris
  221. Solmiler : Placebo
  223. -Appows Peek Alternates by Monochrome-
  224. Straight borders with shadow
  225. No gradients and no shadows
  227. -Appows Dusk Alternate by Natsume- (updated 6/28/13)
  228. Features a smaller scrollbar, new frames, no transparency, no shadows, and a universal flat color.
  229. [link 1] - [link 2]
  231. -Browse Nude/Transparent Styles-
  232. Minhtrimatrix : Radiance
  233. Minhtrimatrix : Elune
  234. Solmiler : Glass Onion
  235. Giannisgx89 : Dream
  236. Kiko11 : Leve
  237. Kiko11 : Bello
  238. Dpcdpc11 : Leaf
  239. Ymme1st : Tulip
  241. -Browse Grey/Dark on White Styles-
  242. Snipes2 : Silica
  243. Twnsnd : Pix
  244. Aaron-a-arts : +1
  245. Kiko11 : Kombo
  246. Kiko 11 : Racy
  247. Kiko11 : Oscuro
  248. Oscuro Mod: Has sharper corners, and hides the min/max/close buttons.
  250. -Browse White/Bright Styles-
  251. Neiio : Case 7
  252. Technoseven : Milk
  253. Rudeboyses : Chill
  254. Neiio : Memento
  255. Msergt : Mild
  256. Chungkan : Coua White
  257. Kiko11 : Lucido
  258. Kiko11 : Puro
  260. -Browse Metro/Windows 8 Styles-
  261. Snipes2 : Static Mango
  262. Shelkadom : 4 Win8 Themes for Win7
  263. Exsess : Metro Lite Suite (modded from Shelkadom)
  264. Giro54 : Aero+
  266. ***Icons***
  267. To learn how you can use these icons, see the Windows Tips and Tricks section. For other icons, like library icons, there are some programs that will help you patch your files and save you a lot of time. Look in the Windows Software section. Additionally, there are a few icon packs you can patch automatically. You will need 7tsp and Reshacker, also available in the Windows Software section.
  269. -Icon Packs-
  270. Patching instructions/guide can be viewed here. Most packages are provided by "Ultimate Desktops" on Deviant unless otherwise noted.
  272. Faenza
  273. Variations
  274. Metro
  275. Pry
  276. Token
  277. Neiio : Numix for Windows
  278. Neiio : Elementary
  279. Neiio : Blanked - blank icons used with iconpackager
  281. -Browse Minimal (Black&White)-
  282. Kiko11 : Chulos
  283. Chrfb : Ecqlipse 2
  284. Ipapun : Devine
  285. Darkdawg : White Pixel
  286. Ravmunken : Deshou - Part of the Deshou suite.
  288. -Browse Minimal (Colored)-
  289. Smuggle559 : Fudge
  290. Deep3sh : Minimal Colors
  291. Dakirby309 : Metro UI
  292. Jg-Visuals : Retrofukation
  294. -Miscellaneous-
  295. Noha-ra : 98 - Flattr edits. [Download]
  296. Kiko11 : Glyph
  297. Yankoa : Metro Station (white, blue, and black set)
  298. Ap-graphik : Gallery
  299. Neteru : Nothing - Minimal bitmap font/text based icons.
  301. ***Color Palettes/Themes***
  302. Having trouble deciding what colors you want to use? Check out these websites/tools.
  304. Colorful: A curated list of awesome resources to choose your next color scheme. Includes webapps, libraries, color palettes, and even articles on the subject of design and finding the right colors.
  306. Colorcop: Software that helps with finding colors on screen.
  308. Colorhexa: Search for color codes here. Will give you RGB/Hex/Closest web safe colors.
  310. ColorPic: Advanced color picker and mixer. Makes finding specific colors on high resolution monitors a little easier.
  312. Pictaculous: A website that pulls color palettes from images directly.
  314. Css Drive: Same as Pictaculous, with a bit more variety.
  316. Colr: Also pulls colors from images, but breaks it down to where you can select and search by a specific theme you choose.
  318. Adobe Color Wheel: Color picker that syncs between set modes.
  320. Paletton: Like the adobe color wheel. Can generate and share palettes.
  322. Colour lovers: Color palettes and trends
  324. 4bit Terminal Color Scheme Designer: Kind of a linux thing, but can help you out.
  326. Terminal.sexy: website that imports and converts different terminal formats. Also has a random scheme generator.
  328. ***Font Rendering***
  329. Fonts appearing to have a greenish tint or look blurry in Firefox/Bblean/Windows? This is due to an acceleration error, probably caused by subpixel rendering or fonts not being supported in smaller sizes. Windows Cleartype also causes issues with EVERY browser, and overall is complete shit compared to Linux or Mac/OSX font rendering. Read about Cleartype for details on how it works. Consider switching fonts if none of the fixes below work for you, or try and get a version of your font that is NOT ".tff" or true type.
  331. The best and easiest option in my opinion is to install Mactype or gdipp. These are services that replace Windows Cleartype font rendering with Mac/OSX or Linux font rendering. Mactype is more customizable and has bolder bolds, while Gdipp is easier to use and works immediately upon install. If you are using a bitmap font, font rendering is not necessary. Cleartype should be off and you should not need to use Mactype or gdipp. This is only true if you are using only bitmap fonts. If you are using a mix of fonts, I recommend Mactype since its easier to edit your exclusions.
  332. Go here for details.
  334. Now you can compare programming font rendering live on your webpage with this font compare tool! See the difference between cleartype, mactype and gdipp with your own eyes.
  336. MacType is now open source and receiving updates! New releases are available at: snowie2000s repo.
  337. A mirror is still available on spoonms page: spoonm.org/share/mactype.exe
  338. Having issues with mactype and direct write? This may help: silight-jp MacType-Patch
  340. Recommended fixes for Firefox/Nightly:
  341. In Firefox, type "about:config" in the address bar and hit Enter. Continue after the warning.
  342. In the filter box at the top, type "gfx.direct2d.disabled". This value will be set to false by default.
  343. Right click that line and select Toggle. This will change the value to true. Restart Firefox. You may also want to toggle "Use hardware acceleration when available" in your Firefox settings. This is under Options>Advanced>General tab.
  344. Try the Anti-Aliasing Tuner too, if you feel the need for more tweaking.
  346. -Fonts in Bblean: Fonts in bblean are pretty much the same as how windows treats them. If they are rendering poorly, read some solutions below:
  348. Using this method you can redefine the font quality right within your visual style. Bitmap fonts should be "Non-AntiAliased". Sans fonts should be "Cleartype-Natural" or "Proof". This method is the easiest way to not only change all the fonts in your visual style, but ensure they will render at the best quality possible. If you choose to use a sans font, stick with the recommended fonts below and use LCD Default settings with MacType for best results. Keep in mind, some software (like ELPlaylist with foobar) defines font quality on its own, so you may need to change settings within the program. For more information on Font Quality options available, read about them here
  350. -Make sure you disable "smooth edges of screen fonts" in your windows performance options. This is a setting often missed. Just visit control panel> performance information and tools> adjust visual effects> visual effects tab> uncheck the option.
  352. -Edit registries to point to different fonts, disabling font smoothing. Go here for details.
  354. ***Font Recommendations***
  355. (Listed in no particular order)
  357. -Sans and Sans Serif Fonts-
  358. Fonts best used for general purpose and reading. Browse for more @ Fontsquirrel.com
  359. Read about Sans-Serif Fonts
  360. Calibri
  361. Arial (originally Helvetica)
  362. DejaVu Sans
  363. Trebuchet MS
  364. Tahoma
  365. Verdana
  366. Source Sans Pro
  367. Ubuntu
  368. Roboto
  369. Droid Sans
  370. Open Sans
  371. Lucida Grande
  372. Liberation Sans
  374. -Monospace Fonts-
  375. Fonts best used in coding/programming Browse for more @ Fontsquirrel.com
  376. Read about Monospaced Fonts
  377. Consolas
  378. Inconsolata
  379. OCR-A Font
  380. Meslo
  381. Monaco
  382. Source Code Pro
  383. DejaVu Sans Mono
  385. -Bitmap Fonts-
  386. Fonts best used in smaller sizes (8pt and under). Browse for more @ Dafont.com
  387. Read about Bitmap Fonts
  388. HaxrCorp (all variations included in download)
  389. Kroeger 5_55
  390. Proggy
  391. Pf Tempesta 7
  392. Profont
  393. Artwiz Font pack - Features several popular bitmap fonts.
  394. Cure.se - A version of cure that supports Japanese characters.
  395. Terminus
  396. Monte Carlo
  397. Berry - converted by anonymous (Shinryuu)
  399. ***Cygwin***
  401. Official Site - FAQ
  403. (From wikipedia) "Cygwin is a Unix-like environment and command-line interface for Microsoft Windows. Cygwin provides native integration of Windows-based applications, data, and other system resources with applications, software tools, and data of the Unix-like environment. Thus it is possible to launch Windows applications from the Cygwin environment, as well as to use Cygwin tools and applications within the Windows operating context."
  405. Before you dive into Cygwin, you should ask yourself a few questions.
  406. "Do I have a basic understanding of how the Unix environment works?"
  407. "Am I literate enough in bash, and other scripting languages to understand how things work?"
  408. "Do I have any practical application or uses for what Cygwin can offer me?"
  409. "Do I have the capacity to look at an error, read it, attempt to understand it, an then research an error using google and forums/websites like ArchWiki?"
  410. "Do I have the patience to troubleshoot and solve my own errors without immediately asking for help?"
  411. If you answered "No." or "I don't know" to any of the previous questions, DO NOT INSTALL CYGWIN. If you want to learn, use a VM (Virtual Machine) to install ubuntu (or another distro you're comfortable with) and start learning about GNU/Linux.
  413. -Installing Cygwin-
  415. 32bit Download (x86) - **RECOMMENDED**
  416. 64bit Download (x86_64) - Does not support all packages.
  418. Easy Cygwin installation guide
  419. Command Line Cygwin Installer
  421. -Getting Started-
  423. An introduction to BASH Programming
  424. Arch Wiki
  425. /g/ GNU/Linux Ricing
  426. Anything else? Lurk more
  428. -Terminals-
  429. Want terminal color schemes? dotshareit - terminal.sexy
  431. Mintty - Comes with Cygwin out of the box.
  433. rxvt-unicode - Must download through Cygwin, and use with XWin.
  435. ConEmu - A consule emulator with tabs. Use multiple consoles and simple GUI applications as one customizable GUI window, with various features.
  437. ConsoleZ - No Cygwin required.
  439. -Fetch scripts-
  440. "Fetches" info from your PC, to display information about themes, fonts, and more.
  442. screenFetch - the original BASH scrot info tool by KittyKatt
  444. screenfetch-c - a re-write of screenfetch in C
  446. WinScreeny - fetch in BASH specifically for Windows
  448. cmdfetch - screenfetch in lua, specifically for Windows. While a bit on the bulky side, this script is a lot cleaner looking. Can pull from your tasklist to find information like your music player and chat client. Better shell detection.
  450. Neofetch - a lighter fetch tool written in BASH that uses w3m to display your wallpaper in your terminal, while also displaying your colorscheme. Easily customized, plus decent windows support.
  452. -Color test scripts, and more-
  454. Color-Scripts - a user contributed repo with image previews
  456. bash-scripts - a list of bash scripts managed by metakirby5
  458. hack.exe, pipes.sh etc - A dump of scripts that are used for fun/rice, as seen on TV^H^H the internet
  460. ltop - hals htop clone for cygwin
  462. -mpd/ncmpcpp-
  464. hal, with the help of others, created a guide on installing ncmpcpp on Windows 7 here
  466. This short guide may also assist with some basics.
  468. ***Blackbox For Windows***
  469. Blackbox or BBlean is an alternative shell for Windows. It takes place of explorer and changes how Windows functions. Blackbox was originally a stacking window manager for the X Window System.
  471. -Getting Started-
  472. How To Install Blackbox
  473. How To Create A Style
  474. Basics
  475. Official Help Forums
  477. -Builds-
  478. Recommended for Windows XP and 7
  479. BlackboxZero Newest Releases - Github Repository
  480. Old Builds
  481. Latest bbZero build unofficial mirror(no registration required)
  483. -Plugins-
  484. How To Load A Plugin
  485. How To Use BBInterface
  486. How To Use 3dcc
  487. Others - Unless otherwise stated, assume these are for x32bit builds ONLY.
  488. Please refer to the blackbox4windows forums for additional plugin questions.
  490. -Styles-
  491. Browse Blackbox4windows.com
  492. Browse DeviantArt
  493. Browse Customize.org
  495. -Settings and FAQ-
  496. If you are at ALL confused about how your settings should look, I encourage you to visit Github references:
  497. xDemonessx - Includes references for styles and .rc settings like menu.rc and bbleanbar.rc
  498. Bblean FAQ
  499. Visual Guide
  501. ***Cursors***
  502. -Minimal (Black&White)
  503. Akirafinn : Primus
  504. Outofashion : Token Grey
  505. Hitman7112 : Token Dark and Light
  506. Teft : Obsidian
  507. Firstfooter : Polar
  508. Killerbeat : Black Royale
  509. Drunkensandwich : Contrast
  510. Exesess : Metro
  512. -Colors-
  513. Ukintel : Aero 9 Colors
  514. Nait0 : NB Pack
  515. Efox-hun : Extenza Pro
  517. -Silly + Miscellaneous-
  518. Anime-rai : Miku Hatsune
  519. Strawberrydinosaur : Nyan Cat
  520. Cursed-midna : Pikachu
  521. Whitefox-freefire : Navi
  523. ***Music Players***
  524. Winamp - It just works. Has compatibility for most formats by default and is easy to customize. It's easy to achieve a simple, sleek, and minimal look. Great for beginners.
  526. -Browse Winamp Skins-
  527. Cyantific : Chiral
  528. X-spirit : Mindich
  529. Nylons : Exeed
  530. Wingnome-xp : Tango
  531. Krissirk : Play
  532. Dubbb : IVI
  534. AIMP - It just works. Has compatibility for pretty much every format out of the box. Offers a few plugins and is user friendly. Easier to customize than Foobar 2000, and has a standalone skin editor. A great option for those who prefer customizing skins with Photoshop and images rather than code. Recently, AIMP4 has been released. Skins for AIMP3 are compatible with AIMP4, but not the opposite. As other major releases, AIMP4 has its own skin editor, through which you can only create AIMP4 skins. Have that in mind if you intend to make a skin for AIMP3 as well.
  536. -Browse AIMP Skins-
  537. Scope10 : AIMP3 Ncmpcpp Mod
  538. Scope10 : Ladient
  539. Scope10 : Ladient 2 (AIMP4)
  540. Hiuhiu314 : Elegant Blue
  541. Yamshikoff : Metro for AIMP3
  542. Creative5 : Zune
  543. Merydev : Bezimeni1
  544. Merydev : Metalik Glass
  545. Redix90 : Epilogue
  546. amdpastrana : Lotex
  547. amdpastrana : Sambakati
  548. TheDeviantWizard : Alchemy (AIMP4)
  549. TheDeviantWizard : Revoluted
  551. Foobar2000 - (Probably)The most popular music player. Offers a large library of plugins, and the most diverse set of customizable skins. Panels in Foobar can also be scripted with JavaScript. Recommended for advanced users. Looking for the Foobar 2000 Pastebin FAQ page? Click here.
  553. -Browse Foobar 2000 Skins-
  554. Twnsnd : Ncmpcpp Mod
  555. Alternative .fcl by Mez!!pDd+L0POgts
  556. Since this is the most popular skin, I've gone into some detail on how to tweak it to your liking. Click here.
  557. Hora-hora : Slim Foo
  558. Vibex : DSAS
  559. Noha-ra : Aubergine
  560. Steric : Absolute Glass
  561. Nadir1 : Foo Metrox II
  562. Mreikichi : Foo MN
  563. Thesmurth : Nightlife
  564. slowboyfast : SP8
  565. Lassekongo83 : FooBear
  566. Fanco86 : Monolite
  567. Aaron-a-arts : +1
  568. Mizule and Vasco - Some skins by a resident /wg/ poster, Sir John Lemon
  570. There's always iTunes too, if thats your thing!
  572. ***Image and Video Viewing***
  573. Pot Player
  574. Pix for Potplayer (skin)
  575. Pot Player can be more CPU intensive than most video players, but performs better with larger files as a result. It can also playback music, has a built in visualizations, and native support for subtitles.
  577. MPC-HC
  578. To change the ui, press "1,2,3" etc. It just works. (Video player)
  580. Ahoviewer A GTK2 image viewer, manga reader, and booru browser.
  582. IrfanView
  583. A lightweight program than can batch convert, optimize, and rename images. It can even play movies and sounds.
  585. Honey View
  586. The best option for image viewing in compressed archives (zip + rar), and ideal for Manga readers. Some skins are available on the webpage. Can default for JPG, BMP, and GIF. Note: As of the most recent updates, HoneyView no longer displays drop shadows and isn't as customizable - so be warned.
  588. First Impression (RIP)
  590. Thanks Yuno / !YanderexME for bringing this to my attention. The creator sadly died, and thus the domain and servers in relation to Impression Eyes with it. This download comes with a bypass for the trial version/activation servers.
  591. Lightweight and fast image viewer that has no visible/traditional ui. Images are viewed through mouse menus and hotkeys.
  593. JPEGView
  594. A lean, fast and highly configurable viewer/editor for JPEG, BMP, PNG, WEBP, TGA, GIF and TIFF images with a minimal GUI. The best option if you want your window decorations to match your Aero theme.
  596. stb-imv
  597. Lightest and fastest image viewer/browser inspired by vjpeg. It offers a very minimal interface, and the current executable is about 70KB uncompressed.
  599. ***Rainmeter***
  600. Website
  601. Note: I've attempted to split these by category, but most skins are suites that come with date/time/nowplaying. You can still edit out parts of each, and use these as a base to make your own. Keep it simple! Some of these skins may require you to extract them to your skins directory (no rmskinpackage). The default skins directory is: C:\Users\"YOURUSERNAME"\Documents\Rainmeter\Skins
  602. No spaceship HUDs, please!
  604. -System Monitoring-
  605. Dariosuper : Bricks
  606. Hora-hora : BB Bar
  607. Hora-hora : Syscombo
  608. xDemonessx : BB Rain Power
  609. Abu46 : Mii 7 Bar
  611. -Clocks/Date/Weather-
  612. Lilshizzy : Elegance 2
  613. Lilshizzy : Encoded
  614. Flyinghyrax : Elementary
  615. Iron200 : Minimet
  616. Hello-123456 : Pricedown
  618. -Now Playing/Music Skins-
  619. MadMilov2 : Music 1.2
  620. Lgv91 : Loita
  621. Toastbrotpascal : CLN
  622. Skypyre : Taboo Vision (Re encoded)
  623. Gazettefreak : Minima
  625. -Just Weather-
  626. xDemonessx : RetroMox (Updated)
  627. Jetpac : Weather
  628. Albinozz : ToxxWeather
  629. Flyinghyrax : Do I Need A Jacket?
  631. -For VirtuaWin-
  632. Read about the plugin here.
  633. Default - text only version.
  634. MonsterWM - an edit that adds pixel icons, like monsterWM. This skin is made for 4 workspaces, by childbearinghips.
  635. RainMonster - Vibex's edit that adds pixel icons, like above. This skin is made for 3 workspaces.
  637. -Miscellaneous-
  638. Phait : RainToggle - creates an interactive text field using Rainmeters bangs to search/open a browser.
  639. Google OS - A slick Google OS styled skin that completely changes the way your OS can look. A collaborative effort.
  640. Hekmatyar : Sword Art Online - HUD like interface
  641. Gin and Sean : Rainwaifu - Interactive "console" type skin with customizable pixel art and info.
  642. Shadow - Makeshift taskbar shadow.
  644. ***Rainmeter FAQ***
  645. Editing Rainmeter skins is easy when you get the hang of it.
  646. Here's some basic information for starters: Getting Started
  648. Q: I downloaded a skin for my music, but the music is not displaying. What do?
  649. A: It's probably not set for your music player. You need to edit the skin. Manage>Edit your skin>find the line where it says "Player Name" or "player" in the code, and enter the name of your player. Valid player names: iTunes, Winamp, Foobar2000. iTunes may require an additional plugin. The use of "CAD" (for foobar) requires an additional plugin (foo_cad.dll). Download it and place it in your components directory. You can substitute CAD for the normal player name, however you have to edit the plugin from foo_cad.dll in the skin to NowPlaying.dll.
  651. Q: Some of these dates/times aren't set in a format I like. How can I change it?
  652. A: Visit the Rainmeter documents on time formatting here, and read about "Format Codes".
  653. (Protip: These format codes also apply to the clock format in BBlean.)
  655. Q: How do I find my "Weather Code"?
  656. A: This depends on the skin. First, open the skin to edit it. Find the Weather measure (usually [mWeather] and see what the URL is. It would look like this -
  657. For Yahoo: http://weather.yahooapis.com/forecastrss?p=#WeatherCode#&u=#Unit#
  658. For Weather.com : http://xml.weather.com/weather/local/#WeatherCode#?cc=*&unit=#Unit#&dayf=6
  660. Click here and search by location name, not zip code.
  662. Additional Details and further explanation available via Rainmeter documentation (here).
  664. ***Home/Start/HTML Pages***
  666. *READ ME - How to add to "new tab" and more*
  668. The start page emporium - a good list of pages from around the web created by ZeroXE4
  669. kamikal.github.io - even more start pages to view and test live!
  670. Gomuboy - pastebin raw that lists other pages by url
  671. Shourijo : Google Soft
  672. benwaffle : Homepage - Ahokas dial-styled homepage page with more animations
  673. Ok100 : Python Home Page
  674. Folter-x - Like the python page, but uses html.
  675. Yukisuki: 4 squared flat and simple. Lets you "dial" between four main categories.
  677. ***FireFox***
  680. /g/'s Firefox Guide
  681. Install Greasemonkey
  682. Install Stylish
  684. Additional Addons and Extensions:
  686. DOM Inspector
  687. DOM Inspector is a tool that can be used to inspect and edit the live DOM of any web document or XUL application. The DOM can be navigated using a two-paned window displaying a variety of different views on the document and all nodes within.
  689. UI Fixer
  690. Change location of Status Bar Icons, Firefox Menu Button and Menu Bar and more.
  692. Hide Caption Titlebar Plus
  693. Maximize your screen space by controlling the presence of Firefox window Title-bar (Caption) and borders! Hide FF's caption with 'smart' options, *optional* custom caption and resizers. - Works with ChromiFox-like themes.
  695. Tree Style Tab
  696. Moves and creates tree style tabs on the left or right side of the browser, versus the top or bottom.
  698. Tabs in Titlebar
  699. Moves tabs into the titlebar in a normal (restored) window. Make sure that 'Menu Bar' is hidden and 'Tabs on Top' option is selected. You can access these options by right clicking on a toolbar in Firefox.
  701. Theme font and size changer
  702. Theme Font & Size Changer lets you change the global font size and font family used for the user interface in Firefox. Design your browser with your favorite font. (WILL OVERWRITE YOUR CSS)
  704. Custom New Tab
  705. An easier way to set your "new tab" page versus dealing with about:config. Also gives you the option to "focus" on the url bar as soon as you open a new tab, so you can type and immediatley search/enter a url without clicking.
  707. New Tab Homepage
  708. Have your own home page? Your new tab page will default to whatever your homepage is set too.
  710. Anti-aliasing Tuner
  711. May help adjust bad font rendering.
  713. Nightly Tester Tools
  714. Advanced tools for Nightly users
  716. Browser Toolbox
  717. Helps with inspecting elements in the newer versions of firefox. A valuable tool when creating browser styles.
  719. HTTPS Everywhere
  720. Forces the use of "https" secure connections whenever possible.
  722. ***Browser Css (Firefox)***
  723. Read about Cascading Style Sheets
  724. Learn to write your own CSS
  725. Mozilla Dev : CSS Reference
  726. Browse userstyles.org
  728. -Dark Userstyles-
  729. Projektile
  730. twily
  731. Anonymous
  733. -Light Userstyles-
  734. Glass
  735. Melbourne
  736. Tinycss
  738. -CSS Snippets-
  739. Some solutions to common questions and issues with browser CSS may be reviewed at the following link. Please read the commented lines "/* */" for details about what each line does. Click Here.
  741. ***4chan Userstyles + Userscripts***
  742. What is a Userscript?
  743. A userscript is a piece of JavaScript code executed on a webpage. Primarily it modifies the behavior of a webpage, but certain parts of the webpages appearance may be altered.
  745. What is a Userstyle?
  746. 4chan userstyles take advantage of tools brought with userscripts, and allows a user to theme 4chan without writting CSS. You can still add to these themes with your own CSS separately.
  748. -AppChanX-
  749. Userscript and Userstyle
  750. Appchan is a 2 in 1 userscript and userstyle, forked from 4chanX. It offers the most variety in options, and is easier to tweak and manage. A good start for beginners. If you have 4chan X already, disable or uninstall it. Appchan X has a custom version of 4chan X that comes with it and it will break if another 4chan X runs in parallel with it. If you have a userstyle or userscript that themes 4chan, you may want to disable it or disable Appchan X's style setting.
  752. Want to get started writing your own 4chan style? Use this tagged code as a "skeleton" to guide you through styling elements.
  754. 4chanX:
  755. ccd0s 4chanX For Oneechan
  756. loadletter 4chanX Continuation of MayhemYDG
  758. -Userstyles-
  759. OneeChan By Seaweed, continued by Nebukazar
  760. Zairyou a Stillig fork by commit-sudoku
  762. ***Window Managers & Other Windows Shells***
  763. For advanced users who are confident in OS modification and may have some GNU/Linux experience
  764. Full Documentation is available on the webpages linked.
  765. What is a "Window Manager?": Wiki : Window Manager
  766. What is a "Windows Shell?": Wiki : Windows Shell
  767. Seven Forums : Windows Shell Replacements
  769. -Window Managers-
  770. Software and tools that will assist you with window arrangement, movement, and sometimes window decorations.
  771. WindAwesome
  772. Bug.n
  773. Vibex : qt.pi - A WM written in AHK.
  774. ragesalmon : TildePlusPlus - A WM similar to qt.pi, but written in C++
  775. HashTWM
  777. -Windows Shells-
  778. Software and tools that change context menus, taskbars, and parts of the desktop environment.
  779. Litestep
  780. Emerge
  781. BlackBox - See the blackbox section for more.
  783. ***Auto Hot Key Scripts***
  784. Website - Tutorial
  785. Auto Hot Key allows you to program hotkeys, and keystrings, and commands in an easy to understand format. You can then run these scripts on windows by compiling it (creating a .exe) or running it directly through Auto Hot Key (running as .ahk). It's been most commonly used to "tile" or manage/resize windows, but has several other uses. You can remove borders and captions from windows, set up keystrings (i.e.: ty becomes "thank you" automatically), and even launch programs. It saves time, and its great for those who use long passwords or want a more efficient way to manage the way Windows functions.
  787. Miscellaneous Software
  788. The following website lists a TON of neat little applications that can do anything from tile windows to add custom toolbars in explorer and even move inactive windows. No promises they all work as intended, as its kind of outdated, however some are priceless pieces of simple code that you will use every day.
  789. Skrommel : 1 Hr Software
  791. Miscellaneous Scripts
  792. Spoonm's Scripts - Some noteworthy scripts with documentation.
  793. Screen Capture - Using IrfanView, this script instantly saves a dated .png of your desktop once you press "print screen" to the directory of your choosing. Simply edit the directories in the script!
  794. Remove Window Titlebars + borders (only created windows/newly opened)
  795. Remove ALL Window Titlebars + borders
  796. Removes ALL Window Titlebars + borders (EXCEPT FIREFOX/NIGHTLY)
  797. Customized Version - for removing borders and titlebars for processes of your choosing.
  798. Caption/Titlebar Toggle - Win + H to disable and Win + S to re-enable captions/titlebars on windows of your choosing.
  799. Icon Blanker - Removes the small icon/favicon on the top left of the program window.
  801. ***Tiling Windows***
  802. If you'd like to make your own AHK Script to manage window positions and sizes, use this key as reference:
  803. "WinMove,A,, W,X,Y,Z"
  804. Where
  805. W= Distance of the window from the left side of the screen
  806. X= Distance of the window from the top of the screen
  807. Y= Total width of the window
  808. Z= Total height of the window
  810. Like so:
  811. NumpadHome:: (defined hotkey)
  812.             WinMove,A,, 20,29,1024,512 (defined window size and position)
  814. A list of programmable keys and their names can be found here.
  816. Alternatively, you may want to try the following programs and scripts:
  818. Goweiwen Scripts - Mouse controlled tiling to move and resize windows, while snapping to a preset grid or nearby windows.
  820. Vibex(1920x1080 DUAL SCREEN) - Preview
  822. Winsplit
  823. WinSplit Revolution is a small utility which allows you to easily organize your open windows by tiling, resizing and positioning them to make the best use of your desktop real estate. The main domain went down recently and has been replaced with a cnet download.
  825. Grid Move
  826. GridMove is a program that aims at making windows management easier. It helps you with this task by defining a visual grid on your desktop, to which you can easily snap windows. This program comes bundled with some predefined grid templates, that can be easily swaped, but also has ways of creating custom grids or sharing grids made by others.
  828. ***Docks and Launchers***
  830. Launchy
  831. Launchy uses keystrokes to find and launch programs/files it indexes. The website asks for payment/donation, but it's free. Skins available on the website, and DeviantArt.
  833. Find and Run Robot
  834. An alternative to Launchy. Skins with your theme/visual style. Tons of addons and configuration available, but works right out of the box. Highly recommended.
  836. Rocket Dock
  837. One of the older and more well known docks. Probably the best alternative to Docky for Windows users. Features listed on the website.
  839. ObjectDoc
  840. Another older more well known name to docks. Free, but with limited functionality.
  842. xWidget
  843. XWidget is more of a platform for customizing widgets and addons to your desktop, like clocks and weather.
  844. XLaunchpad allows you to organize icons and shortcuts on your desktop in stacks, similar to App folders on an Android interface. XLaunchpad is probably the best option for users on a touch screen.
  846. Nexus
  847. The closest thing to a Mac/OSX dock you can find. Full/Ultimate version requires payment, however.
  849. xWindows
  850. Another Mac/OSX type dock. This one is free.
  852. SliderDock
  853. Flashy UI, and larger than most - but offers something different. Can be hidden with hotkeys.
  855. CircleDock
  856. Another large and intrusive dock, with a flashier UI. Can be hidden with mouse gestures.
  858. ***Chat Clients (IRC)***
  859. Irssi - top rice
  860. Hexchat - easy mode
  861. Weechat - somewhere inbetween
  862. mIRC - original gangster
  864. Before joining any channels, you should read about some basic chat etiquette. Refer to: thinkmoult.com/irc.html
  866. -Browsing and Joining Channels-
  867. You can contact some lurkers and frequent posters on irc.rizon.net - /list will give you a list of channels. There are some common sense channels you can join such as #4chan, #/a/, #/v/, and #/jp/; however each channel has their own sub culture and specific rules. Don't take it personally if you get kicked, banned, or muted in a channel when you're new. Some channels are also private (unlisted) or passworded. Some channels may also require you register a nickname to join. You probably shouldn't try joining a channel you are completely unfamiliar with. For more irc basics and commands, please use www.google.com. I don't mind answering stupid questions sometimes, so you can message me (xDemonessx). I'm on 24/7 and on several channels, and even though I may not always be at the computer I will respond eventually. Stay drama free, and have fun.
  869. ***Steam Skins***
  870. Steam skins are made up of .style stylesheets (similar to css) and .tga images. Editing the colors and fonts is done through the style sheets, some buttons and icons require you to edit an image in a proper format. Be aware, skins tend to break often with updates and you may need to patch it yourself.
  872. That Minimal Skin - Yep, here it is!
  873. Metro for Steam: This steam skin allows you to customize the accent color in the form of a stand alone "settings.exe" found on the metroforsteam page.
  874. Deshou Steam - Another minimal skin, uses Haxrcorp s8 as a base font.
  876. ***Vectors and Wallpaper websites***
  878. Reverse Image Search:
  879. Google Images
  880. Tineye
  881. Saucenao
  882. iqdb.org (for anime)
  884. Wallpapers/General:
  885. /wg/
  886. Alpha.wallhaven.cc
  887. 4walled.cc
  888. Simple Desktops
  889. The Paper Wall
  890. Interfacelift
  891. Nik.bot
  892. Walldash
  893. Wallpaperswide
  895. Vectors/Anime Wallpapers:
  896. /w/
  897. Konachan
  898. Danbooru
  899. Gelbooru
  900. Yande.re
  901. Vectorbooru
  902. Minitokyo
  903. Deviant Art
  904. /w/ Deviant Art Group
  906. ***Credits***
  908. Original website design by Mavanmanen
  910. 4chan.org /w/ - /wg/ - /g/
  911. Super Special Thanks: pitkon, diab0l, mojmir, and rtv for reviving the blackbox community and development.
  912. Special Thanks: Ahodesuka, MayhemYDG, Zixaphir, Seaweed, and all the contributors of 4chan extensions, scripts, and styles.
  913. Thanks: Synie!AthenaXcXo/Syn!DelRey778s, for creating the original Pastebin guide on /wg/
  914. Original Inspirations: Anonymous, Ahoka, GET9, Lullatone, Masood, Pufin, hora hora, and Windows 7 ricers everywhere
  915. DeviantArt Designers: neiio, kiko11, hora hora, brsev, Scope10, and more.
  916. DeviantArt Programmers: Kishan-Bagaria, parassidhu, Mr-Ragnarok, and more.
  917. Contributors: Anonymous, Räv!MUNKEN0z/s, Mono!X.FuJiWarA, Yuuji!ZzSakai1/g, Vibex!FL2K7hnbFY, Mez!!pDd+L0POgts, !YanderexME, hal, kori, !RiDeag, Scope10, Lullatone!ajtiI.Vexs, spooonm(skewerr), and additional faggots and tripfaggots alike! Thank you, friends!
  921. View the website on Github
  922. Report an issue/make a suggestion
  923. Contact Me