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  8. Remember : Ctrl + F to search keywords on this page!
  10. Updated 3/22/14 - 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 Startpage/Newtab reference
  17. A /g/ users casual tips
  18. A /g/ users tips 2
  19. White Barons infographic
  20. Windows 7 Software guide
  21. Windows 7 Software guide 2
  22. Another Windows guide
  23. How to "debloat" Windows 7
  24. /g/'s Firefox Guide (addons/extensions)
  26. ***Tell all guides + Tips***
  27. New to ricing? The following guides are required reading:
  28. Neiios "How to" on custom theme installation
  29. Windows Ricing Reference (By /wg/'s Syn)
  30. Seven Forums : Win 7 Tutorials
  31. Seven Forums : Optimize Windows
  33. ***Pages of Interest***
  34. Mirrors for random desktop stuff
  35. Github for !.pC/AHOKAg
  36. Github for Zixaphir
  37. Github for Seaweed!!lq+3fff+/ev
  38. Gist for !MaSoOdDwDw (twnsnd)
  39. Github for Mono !X.FuJiWarA (Monochrome)
  40. Deviant page for !MaSoOdDwDw (twnsnd)
  41. Kamirus' port of hdnis' Phosphene for Windows 7 (Github)
  42. Win 7 Start Orbs
  43. Win 7 Visual Styles
  44. Rainmeter Skins
  45. Icons
  46. Foobar2000 Skins
  47. Customize.org
  48. Colorhexa - search for color codes here
  49. Colour lovers - color palettes and trends
  50. Adobe Color Wheel - color picking on the fly.
  51. 4bit Terminal Color Scheme Designer (kind of a linux thing)
  52. Subtle Patterns - pattern templates
  54. ***Windows Software & Tools***
  55. Highly recommended you take a look at these programs and utilities as they can save you time and prevent a lot of common fuck ups when it comes to patching or modifying windows. This image reference covers antivirus and a lot of common software: [link]
  57. -Ownership and Resource hacking tools-
  59. Take Control: (Easiest way to "take ownership" of files, so you can replace your explorerframe, shellstyle, etc).
  61. 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.
  63. 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.
  65. Universal Theme Patcher: Needed to install third party themes (custom visual styles). If links are dead, try the mirrors in my mediafire folder.
  67. Theme Installer: Software that will replace shell/theme files for you.
  69. -Dual Monitor Software-
  71. Software to help properly identify and place wallpapers on dualscreen setups.
  72. Dual Monitor Tool - Free and open source!
  73. Display Fusion (Limited free version)
  74. Multiwall (Just for wallpapers)
  75. Ultramon (WM, Wallpapers + More)
  77. -Icon and Button Replacement Tools-
  79. 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.
  81. 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.
  83. Manual Library Icon Changer: A tool that patches imageres.dll bitmaps individually, making icon replacement in explorer faster and easier.
  85. Navigation Button Changer: Software that replaces explorer frame bitmaps and menu icons individually.
  87. Start Orb Changer: Software that replaces the "start" button bitmaps on your taskbar.
  89. Tray Icon Changer: Software that replaces bitmaps for volume, wifi, and the action center.
  91. -Taskbar Software-
  93. TbarMagic: Homemade program created to completely hide the taskbar and start button, with no gimmicks.
  95. Ultimate Taskbar Controller: Features options to completely remove elements certain of the task bar, and more.
  97. -Explorer replacements, Window decoration-
  99. QtTabBar: An extension for Windows Explorer that brings tabbed browsing to Microsoft's file browser, along with other features.
  101. 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.
  103. 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.
  105. 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.
  107. 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.
  109. -Workspace Managers and Window Management-
  111. Dexpot: Virtual desktop support (workspaces). Catalog windows, distribute icons, even have different wallpapers per workspace. Starter guide available on the website.
  113. 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.
  115. 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.
  117. 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.
  119. -Miscellaneous-
  121. Colorcop: Software that helps with finding colors.
  123. ColorPic: Advanced color picker and mixer. Makes finding specific colors easier on high resolution monitors.
  125. 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.
  127. 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.
  129. screenFetch and cmdfetch: Scripts that display information about the operating system; including shell, font, and visual style. CmdFetch is recommended for windows, as its friendlier with the OS and displays more information.
  131. AnimeRSS: A program that watches for torrent releases from specific sub groups.
  132. 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.
  134. 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.
  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:[link]
  141. -Center your 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
  160. -Making sure your taskbar is aligned properly, and slim as possible-
  161. 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.
  163. ***Theme/Visual Style Editing***
  164. Everything you need to start building and customizing your own Windows 7 themes!
  166. 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!
  168. -Aves Vista Style Builder- (Windows Style Builder)
  169. Software that allows you to edit themes (visual styles) on Windows 7
  170. Download - Guide - PDF - Getting Started
  171. (registration required to view links/images on the forums)
  173. -Hex Editing-
  174. Go deeper into editing your theme by changing seemingly hard-written windows code within the shellstyle and msstyle files!
  175. Hex Editing Tutorial : UkIntel
  177. -Change your Font Globally
  178. Virtual Customs : Change Fonts in WSB
  179. 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).
  181. -Remove the Folderband from ANY theme-
  182. Edit the shellstyle.dll in the Windows/Resources/Themes/"themename" directory with Resource Hacker. Enjoy.
  183. Askvg.com : How to make the Folderband auto-hidden
  185. -Remove the Address bar/Explorer bar-
  186. 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".
  188. -Registry Editing-
  189. 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.
  193. Remove the Menu Bar (file, edit, view, etc)
  194. Remove the Library Pane (giant header in media folders)
  195. Remove the Navigation Pane (tree styled file browser)
  196. Remove or edit the Preview Pane (thumbnail preview of images)
  197. Remove the Details Pane (description on the bottom)
  198. Remove the Status bar (number of files on bottom)
  199. Add menus to Explorer (right click context menu on desktop)
  200. Speed up Windows (Shutdown and Startup times)
  202. ***Visual Styles***
  203. -Browse Dark Styles-
  204. Neiio : Appows 2010 Mirror:[link]
  205. Ravmunken : Deshou
  206. Twnsnd : pix_ gray
  207. Krissirk : Shadow 7
  208. Juyle : Void
  209. Charleston2378 : Tavaris
  210. Solmiler : Placebo
  212. -Appows Peek Alternates by Monochrome-
  213. Straight borders with shadow
  214. No gradients and no shadows
  216. -Appows Dusk Alternate by Natsume- (updated 6/28/13)
  217. Features a smaller scrollbar, new frames, no transparency, no shadows, and a universal flat color.
  218. [link 1] - [link 2]
  220. -Browse Nude/Transparent Styles-
  221. Minhtrimatrix : Radiance
  222. Minhtrimatrix : Elune
  223. Solmiler : Glass Onion
  224. Giannisgx89 : Dream
  225. Kiko11 : Leve
  226. Kiko11 : Bello
  227. Dpcdpc11 : Leaf
  228. Ymme1st : Tulip
  230. -Browse Grey/Dark on White Styles-
  231. Snipes2 : Silica
  232. Twnsnd : Pix
  233. Bgjerlowdesigns : Celestica
  234. Aaron-a-arts : +1
  235. Kiko11 : Kombo
  236. Kiko 11 : Racy
  237. Kiko11 : Oscuro
  238. Oscuro Mod: Has sharper corners, and hides the min/max/close buttons.
  240. -Browse White/Bright Styles-
  241. Technoseven : Milk
  242. Rudeboyses : Chill
  243. Neiio : Memento
  244. Msergt : Mild
  245. Chungkan : Coua White
  246. Kiko11 : Lucido
  247. Kiko11 : Puro
  248. Puro Mod: Edited by Anonymous, restyles some windows and has a full white caption.
  250. -Browse Metro/Windows 8 Styles-
  251. Snipes2 : Static Mango
  252. Shelkadom : 4 Win8 Themes for Win7
  253. Exsess : Metro Lite Suite (modded from Shelkadom)
  254. Giro54 : Aero+
  256. ***Icons***
  257. 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.
  259. -Icon Packs-
  260. Patching instructions/guide can be viewed here. Most packages are provided by "Ultimate Desktops" on Deviant unless otherwise noted.
  261. Faenza
  262. Variations
  263. Metro
  264. Pry
  265. Token
  266. Neiio : Tango (Gnomit)
  267. Neiio : Minium2mix
  269. -Browse Minimal (Black&White)-
  270. Chrfb : Ecqlipse 2
  271. Ipapun : Devine
  272. Darkdawg : White Pixel
  273. Ravmunken : Deshou - Part of the Deshou suite.
  275. -Browse Minimal (Colored)-
  276. Smuggle559 : Fudge
  277. Deep3sh : Minimal Colors
  278. Dakirby309 : Metro UI
  279. Jg-Visuals : Retrofukation
  280. Zen-nikki : Absolute 32
  282. -Miscellaneous-
  283. Yankoa : Metro Station (white, blue, and black set)
  284. Lukeedee : Gallery
  285. Ap-graphik : Gallery
  286. Neteru : Nothing - Minimal bitmap font/text based icons.
  288. ***Font Rendering***
  289. 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.
  291. 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.
  292. Go here for details.
  294. Recommended fixes for Firefox/Nightly:
  295. In Firefox, type "about:config" in the address bar and hit Enter. Continue after the warning.
  296. In the filter box at the top, type "gfx.direct2d.disabled". This value will be set to false by default.
  297. 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.
  298. Try the Anti-Aliasing Tuner too, if you feel the need for more tweaking.
  300. -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:
  302. 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
  304. -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.
  306. -Edit registries to point to different fonts, disabling font smoothing. Go here for details.
  308. ***Font Recommendations***
  309. -Sans and Sans Serif Fonts-
  310. Fonts best used for general purpose and reading. Browse for more @ Fontsquirrel.com
  311. Read about Sans-Serif Fonts
  312. Calibri
  313. Arial (originally Helvetica)
  314. DejaVu
  315. Trebuchet MS
  316. Tahoma
  317. Veranda
  318. Source Sans Pro
  319. Ubuntu
  320. Roboto
  321. Droid Sans
  322. Open Sans
  323. Lucidia Grande
  325. -Monospace Fonts-
  326. Fonts best used in coding. Browse for more @ Fontsquirrel.com
  327. Read about Monospaced Fonts
  328. Consolas
  329. Inconsolata
  330. OCR-A Font
  331. Meslo
  332. Monaco
  333. Source Code Pro
  335. -Bitmap Fonts-
  336. Fonts best used in smaller sizes (8pt and under). Browse for more @ Dafont.com
  337. Read about Bitmap Fonts
  338. HaxrCorp (all variations included in download)
  339. Kroeger 5_55
  340. Proggy
  341. Pf Tempesta 7
  342. Profont
  343. Artwiz Font pack - Features several popular bitmap fonts.
  344. Cure.se - A version of cure that supports Japanese characters.
  345. Terminus
  346. Monte Carlo
  347. Berry - converted by anonymous (Shinryuu)
  349. ***Cygwin***
  350. (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."
  352. Before you dive into Cygwin, you should ask yourself a few questions.
  353. "Do I have a basic understanding of how the Unix environment works?"
  354. "Am I literate enough in bash, and other scripting languages to understand how things work?"
  355. "Do I have any practical application or uses for what Cygwin can offer me?"
  356. "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?"
  357. "Do I have the patience to troubleshoot and solve my own errors without immediately asking for help?"
  358. If you answered "No." or "I don't know" to any of the previous questions, DO NOT INSTALL CYGWIN. You will spend two hours (literally) trying to install a bunch of shit you don't understand and have no use for. 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.
  360. Official Site - Installing and Updating - FAQ
  362. Lullatone created a guide with instructions from hal to set up mpd + ncmpcpp on Windows 7 here. Yes, ITS FOR WINDOWS 7 ONLY - Don't go refering to this guide if you are using any Linux distro.
  364. ***BBlean***
  365. "How did you get your taskbar to be like that?"
  366. BBlean is an alternative shell for windows. It takes place of explorer and changes how Windows functions.
  368. Docs - Website
  370. ***BBlean - Revived***
  371. Newly launched builds including x64! Plugins and more support soon, keep an eye out!!!
  373. -Styles and Settings-
  374. If you are at ALL confused about how your settings should look, I encourage you to visit Github references:
  375. xDemonessx - Includes references for styles and .rc settings like menu.rc and bbleanbar.rc
  377. Please read: Getting Started and (UN)Official Faq
  379. How To: Menus
  380. Sourceforge - Menu Docs - Example Menu
  382. How To: Styles (colors and themes)
  383. Sourceforge - Style Docs - Example Style
  384. If you're a beginner you can also try bbstylemaker from the bblean menu, or launch the .exe from your bblean directory.
  386. How To: Broams
  387. Sourceforge - Broams are system commands that are available to you via the Bbkeys plugin. Bbkeys is similar to Auto Hot Key, in that you can manage certain window actions and workspaces with them. To view your bbkey.rc settings, simply navigate to Settings>Edit>bbkeys.rc. The Sourgeforge link details which commands you can use, and should be self explanatory.
  389. About: Plugins
  390. 99.9% of ALL Plugins will NOT FUNCTION with bbLean 64bit, and a large majority of links and documentation will not be available. Expect dead links and to be on your own.
  391. Sourceforge - Plugin Docs
  393. -Using Windows Classic + 3DCC Themes for Bblean-
  394. 3DCC is a small tool which allows you complete control over your windows classic color schemes, much more so than whats available through the standard windows display preferences.
  396. Installing 3DCC:
  398.   1. Put bbColor3dc.dll in your blackbox\plugins directory.
  399.   2. In your bblean menu, go to Settings>Config>Plugins and select "Add Plugin".
  400.   3. Navigate to the blackbox\plugins directory, and select "bbColor3dc.dll".
  401.   4. Load the plugin from the Settings>Config>Plugins menu.
  403. To use 3DCC Themes with bblean, you need to make a folder in your bblean/styles directory named "3dc". After creating a theme with the program, save the file in the newly created 3dc folder. Make sure the 3dc file has the same name as your style. For example, bb_crim.3dc to work alongside bb_crim.style. You can then apply the theme by loading your style via the bblean menu. 3dc is intended for use along Windows Classic visual styles. If you get confused, a readme can be found in your bblean/plugins/bbColor3dc folder.
  404. Download - Color Pack
  406. Have a general question about Bblean? It might be answered already, check below:
  408. ***Bblean FAQ***
  409. Here's an image that will help display answers to some of the following questions!
  411. Q: Certain task tray icons I normally see aren't appearing (battery/wifi).
  412. A: Install bblean as a shell.
  414. Q: How do I remove taskbar/tray/status icons?
  415. A: The easiest way is to shift+right click the icons on your bar. Otherwise, ctrl+right click your bblean bar. Edit settings, and find this line: "bbleanbar.item: Tray". Put a "!" in front of it, so they won't load. Example
  417. Q: How to I hide these workspace names (alpha) and the taskbar arrows?
  418. A: Edit your bbleanbar.rc and put a "!" infront of these lines:
  419. bbleanbar.item: WorkspaceLabel
  420. bbleanbar.item: WorkspaceButtonL
  421. bbleanbar.item: WorkspaceButtonR
  422. bbleanbar.item: WindowButtonL
  423. bbleanbar.item: WindowButtonR
  424. Example
  426. Q: How do I remove the side bars/slits/analog clock (etc)?
  427. A: Unload the plugins under your configuration. The names are self explanatory.
  428. Settings>Config>Plugins>Load/Unload
  429. You may also edit your plugins.rc and comment out each plugin manually with a "!"
  430. Settings>Config>Plugins>Edit plugins.rc - Example
  432. Q: My Volume keys on my keyboard stopped working when I installed bblean. Is there a fix?
  433. A: Yes. Some kind anons found a fix for it that works, however it involves some scripting with Auto Hot Key. If you are unfamiliar, see the window tiling/autohotkey section.
  434. First, download NirCMD here. You can find links at the bottom of the page.
  435. Extract the exes to your Windows directory (C:\Windows).
  436. Create or add the following lines to your Auto Hot Key Script:
  438. Volume_Up::
  439. run nircmd.exe changesysvolume 2000
  440. return
  441. Volume_Down::
  442. run nircmd.exe changesysvolume -2000
  443. return
  444. Volume_Mute::
  445. run nircmd.exe mutesysvolume 2
  446. return
  448. The same method with nircmd also applies to bbkeys. The code for bbkeys would look something like this:
  449. KeyToGrab(Num9),  WithModifier(Win), WithAction(ExecCommand), DoThis(C:\Blackbox\usr\bin\nircmd\nircmd.exe changesysvolume -2000)
  450. KeyToGrab(Num0),  WithModifier(Win), WithAction(ExecCommand), DoThis(C:\Blackbox\usr\bin\nircmd\nircmd.exe changesysvolume 2000)
  452. Just edit the key you want to use for volume controls, save the .rc and restart blackbox. If you wanted to use the buttons or sliders on a media keyboard, use bbkeyhook to define them.
  453. Run the script. You an also compile the script with Auto Hot Key, and drop it in your windows Startup folder. This will allow Windows to run it automatically on boot. Copy the compiled .exe to C:\Users\"username"\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Window s\Start Menu\Programs\Startup.
  455. Q: How do I extend the width of my bbleanbar?
  456. A: Ctrl+Right click>config>Width percent.
  457. Alternatively, edit the bbleanbar.rc by selecting "Edit settings" and edit the bbLeanBar.widthPercent value.
  459. Q: I want my bbleanbar to stretch across both monitors. How do I do this?
  460. A: There are two ways to do this. The easiest (and recommended to those with equal resolution monitors) is to edit your bbleanbar.rc settings and override the max width percent by changing the value of "bbLeanBar.widthPercent" from 100 to 200. If you have uneven monitors (i.e. 1440x900 and 1366x768) you would use a value closer to 170 or so. Alternatively, you can load in a separate bbleanbar and drag it to your other monitor. You can simply clone your current settings. To do this, follow these steps:
  461. Go to your bblean installation directory. Open the plugins folder, and find the bbLeanBar folder.
  462. Copy + paste it in the plugins directory, and rename the folder to "bbleanbar2".
  463. Visit Settings>Configuration>Plugins, and edit plugins.rc
  464. Add the name of your new bar under the current bblean bar entry. It should look like this:
  465. # - Integrated toolbar with tasks and tray
  466. plugins\bbLeanBar\bbLeanBar.dll
  467. plugins\bbLeanBar2\bbLeanBar.dll
  469. Save As plugins.rc
  470. Restart blackbox.
  471. The bar should appear automatically, if not you should now have the option to load it within the plugins menu.
  472. Repeat the steps provided for however many you need. Please note: ctrl+right click your current bbleanbar to drag it around if you aren't seeing the new bar load. Chances are it loaded on top of the current bar, since you cloned your settings.
  474. Q: My Windows start button/taskbar is still appearing/glitching and getting in the way. How do I get rid of it?
  475. A: Install BBlean as a shell. If there is still an issue, click here.
  477. Q: I've installed BBlean as a shell, how do I set my wallpaper?
  478. A: You can do so by putting your wallpapers directory and image name in your current styles .rc settings manually, or by using bbstylemaker>other>image file name.
  479. Example:"D:\pictures\wallpapers\wallpapername.png"
  480. Alternatively, if you'd like to continue to use the same windows personalization settings for your wallpaper, you can do so by navigating to: blackbox>configuration>graphics>uncheck "enable background".
  482. Q: Japanese characters aren't displaying. What do?
  483. A: Under configuration, visit Misc>Use UTF-8 Encoding. Restart blackbox.
  484. (Still not displaying? Edit your blackbox.rc in notepad++. Change the encoding to UTF-8)
  486. Q: Firefox/my application window is weird looking/overlapping and has a flickering bar. What do?
  487. A: This is caused by conflicts with the bbLeanSkin plugin. You can unload/disable/uncheck/toggle bbleanskin under your configuration if you choose not to use it. However there may be some ways you can get it to work through trial and error.
  488. To Disable:
  489. (settings>config>bbleanskin>toggle skin)
  490. (settings>config>plugins>load/unload>bbleanskin)
  491. If you still want the skin enabled, do the following:
  492. Put these in your Exclusions for Firefox/Nightly:
  493. "firefox.exe"
  494. "xul.dll:MozillaHiddenWindowClass"
  495. "xul.dll:MozillaWindowClass"
  496. Some other exclusions were mentioned on the blackbox4windows forums that may help pinpoint the processes causing conflicts.
  497. For Google Chrome, put: "chrome.exe"
  498. To turn bbleanskin off permanently, you can manually comment it out in your exclusions (blackbox>bbleanskin>edit exclusions to open the .rc). Just put a "!" in front of "plugins\bbLeanSkin\bbLeanSkin.dll". You can always uncomment it later if needed.
  499. Some fixes that may help you get the skin to work:
  500. Keep the Menu Bar enabled when using firefox. Use addons like App Button Remove and Hide Menubar as work arounds.
  501. For issues with explorer not being skinned properly, try disabling Aero and transparency.
  503. Q: I can't close tabs, and Firefox is not operating properly with bblean.
  504. A: Set Firefox to vista service pack 2 compatibility. Alternatively, downgrade firefox to before version 25. You can also just uninstall bblean as a shell.
  506. Q: My Rainmeter skin is overlapping with my bbleanbar, what do?
  507. A: Change the width% of your bblean bar to match your skin. If you are using bb_bar, load
  508. the background bar on "normal", and set the bb_bar to "topmost" via your rainmeter settings.
  510. Q: I want a 12 hour clock.
  511. A: Change your clock format to "%I:%M"
  512. For additional time and date formats, visit: Clock Formatting
  513. If you want to completely remove the clock, leave the clock format window blank or put a "!" in front of "bbleanbar.item: Clock" in your bbleanbar.rc settings.
  515. Q: Google Chrome is lagging/crashing on certain webpages ever since I started using Bblean. Whats going on?
  516. A: This is a pretty widespread issue with Flash. I don't know why its so often reported/linked with Bblean, but the root of the problem is flash+Chrome. To fix this, navigate to:
  517. chrome://plugins/ > click details > disable Shockwave Flash 11.5 r31
  518. Make sure you disable the correct version.
  519. For bug tracking and other reports on this bug, click here.
  520. You can also try navigating to: chrome://flags/ and disabling "GPU compositing on all pages" and "Threaded compositing". This has been reported as a successful fix.
  522. ***Cursors***
  523. -Minimal (Black&White)
  524. Akirafinn : Primus
  525. Outofashion : Token Grey
  526. Hitman7112 : Token Dark and Light
  527. Teft : Obsidian
  528. Firstfooter : Polar
  529. Killerbeat : Black Royale
  530. Drunkensandwich : Contrast
  531. Exesess : Metro
  533. -Colors-
  534. Ukintel : Aero 9 Colors
  535. Nait0 : NB Pack
  536. Efox-hun : Extenza Pro
  538. -Silly + Miscellaneous-
  539. Anime-rai : Miku Hatsune
  540. Strawberrydinosaur : Nyan Cat
  541. Cursed-midna : Pikachu
  542. Whitefox-freefire : Navi
  544. ***Music Players***
  545. 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.
  547. -Browse Winamp Skins-
  548. Cyantific : Chiral
  549. X-spirit : Mindich
  550. Nylons : Exeed
  551. Wingnome-xp : Tango
  552. Krissirk : Play
  553. Dubbb : IVI
  555. Aimp3 - 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.
  557. -Browse Aimp3 Skins-
  558. Scope10 : Aimp3 Ncmpcpp Mod
  559. Scope10 : Ladient
  560. Hiuhiu314 : Elegant Blue
  561. Yamshikoff : Metro for Aimp3
  562. Creative5 : Zune
  563. Merydev : Bezimeni1
  564. Merydev : Metalik Glass
  565. Redix90 : Epilogue
  567. 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 Java. Recommended for advanced users. Looking for the Foobar 2000 Pastebin FAQ page? Click here.
  569. -Browse Foobar 2000 Skins-
  570. Twnsnd : Ncmpcpp Mod
  571. Alternative .fcl by Mez!!pDd+L0POgts: [link]
  572. Since this is the most popular skin, I've gone into some detail on how to tweak it to your liking. Click here.
  573. Hora-hora : Slim Foo
  574. Vibex : DSAS
  575. Steric : Absolute Glass
  576. Mreikichi : Foo MN
  577. Thesmurth : Nightlife
  578. Thedarkerone : Foo Pure
  579. Lassekongo83 : FooBear
  580. Fanco86 : Monolite
  581. Aaron-a-arts : +1
  582. Mizule and Vasco - Some skins by a resident /wg/ poster, Sir John Lemon
  584. There's always iTunes too, if thats your thing!
  586. ***Image and Video Viewing***
  587. Pot Player
  588. Pix for Potplayer (skin)
  589. 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.
  591. MPC-HC
  592. To change the ui, press "1,2,3" etc. It just works. (Video player)
  594. IrfanView
  595. A lightweight program than can batch convert, optimize, and rename images. It can even play movies and sounds.
  597. Honey View
  598. 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.
  600. Minimalistic Image Viewer
  601. A simple image viewer made in Visual Basic. Supports .png, .jpg, and .gif. Images will scale to fit the window, but will keep their width to height ratio, so images won't look all distorted.
  603. Quickview
  604. QuickView is a tiny picture viewer application that supports .bmp,.jpg, and .png picture format. While it can display .gif, they will not animate. It's minimal when it comes to looks, and is easy to use. Recommended as a general replacement for windows image viewer.
  606. First Impression (RIP)
  608. 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.
  609. Lightweight and fast image viewer that has no visible/traditional ui. Images are viewed through mouse menus and hotkeys.
  611. Vjpeg
  612. Lightweight alternative image viewer for Windows. Can default for JPG, BMP, and GIF, and even PSD. Recommended more for viewing larger images like photos.
  614. stb-imv
  615. Lightest and fastest image viewer/browser inspired by vjpeg. It offers a very minimal interface, and the current executable is about 70KB uncompressed.
  617. ***Rainmeter***
  618. Website
  619. 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
  620. No spaceship HUDs, please!
  622. -System Monitoring-
  623. Hora-hora : BB Bar
  624. Hora-hora : Syscombo
  625. xDemonessx : BB Rain Power
  626. Abu46 : Mii 7 Bar
  628. -Clocks/Date/Weather-
  629. Lilshizzy : Elegance 2
  630. Lilshizzy : Encoded
  631. Flyinghyrax : Elementary
  632. Iron200 : Minimet
  633. Hello-123456 : Pricedown
  635. -Now Playing/Music Skins-
  636. Lgv91 : Loita
  637. Toastbrotpascal : CLN
  638. Skypyre : Taboo Vision (Re encoded)
  639. Gazettefreak : Minima
  641. -Just Weather-
  642. xDemonessx : RetroMox (Updated)
  643. Jetpac : Weather
  644. Albinozz : ToxxWeather
  645. Flyinghyrax : Do I Need A Jacket?
  647. -For VirtuaWin-
  648. Read about the plugin here.
  649. Default - text only version.
  650. MonsterWM - an edit that adds pixel icons, like monsterWM. This skin is made for 4 workspaces, by childbearinghips.
  651. RainMonster - Vibex's edit that adds pixel icons, like above. This skin is made for 3 workspaces.
  653. -Miscellaneous-
  654. Hekmatyar : Sword Art Online - HUD like interface
  655. Gin and Sean : Rainwaifu - Interactive "console" type skin with customizable pixel art and info.
  656. Shadow - Makeshift taskbar shadow.
  658. ***Rainmeter FAQ***
  659. Editing Rainmeter skins is easy when you get the hang of it.
  660. Here's some basic information for starters: Getting Started
  662. Q: I downloaded a skin for my music, but the music is not displaying. What do?
  663. 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.
  665. Q: Some of these dates/times aren't set in a format I like. How can I change it?
  666. A: Visit the Rainmeter documents on time formatting here, and read about "Format Codes".
  667. (Protip: These format codes also apply to the clock format in BBlean.)
  669. Q: How do I find my "Weather Code"?
  670. 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 -
  671. For Yahoo: http://weather.yahooapis.com/forecastrss?p=#WeatherCode#&u=#Unit#
  672. For Weather.com : http://xml.weather.com/weather/local/#WeatherCode#?cc=*&unit=#Unit#&dayf=6
  674. Click here and search by location name, not zip code.
  676. Additional Details and further explanation available via Rainmeter documentation (here).
  678. ***Start Pages***
  679. Shourijo : Google Soft
  681. Ahoka : Start Page? - That pixely-square dial styled page made with java.
  682. Download includes some popular links already. Image reference for setting it up is here.
  684. benwaffle : Homepage - a fancier version of Ahokas dial-styled start page with more animations
  686. Ok100 : Python Start Page
  688. Folter-x : Start Page - Looks almost the same as the page above, just uses html.
  690. ***FireFox***
  691. Australis: A Preview of what to expect from the new Firefox 28 update
  692. In March 2014 Mozilla plans to launch Firefox with a new UI that may limit how you can customize your browser. To read about what Australis is and how you can disable it, visit Winaeros blog:
  693. Winaero.com : Get back the classic Firefox interface
  694. If you are using Firefox with an alternative shell (like bblean) and getting issues (like tabs not closing) run Firefox in Windows Vista Service Pack 2 compatibility mode. Alternatively, you can downgrade Firefox to a previous verision (below verision 25). You can also just uninstall your alternative windows shell.
  697. /g/'s Firefox Guide - Now an interactive webpage!
  698. Install Greasemonkey
  699. Install Stylish
  701. Additional Addons and Extensions:
  703. DOM Inspector
  704. 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.
  706. UI Fixer
  707. Change location of Status Bar Icons, Firefox Menu Button and Menu Bar and more.
  709. Hide Caption Titlebar Plus
  710. 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.
  712. Tabs in Titlebar
  713. 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.
  715. Theme font and size changer
  716. 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)
  718. Custom New Tab
  719. 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.
  721. Anti-aliasing Tuner
  722. May help adjust bad font rendering.
  724. Nightly Tester Tools
  725. Advanced tools for Nightly users
  727. HTTPS Everywhere
  728. Forces the use of "https" secure connections whenever possible.
  730. ***FireFox (Browser) Css***
  731. Read about Cascading Style Sheets
  732. Learn to write your own CSS
  733. Firefox Stylish and CSS Guide
  734. Once installed, make sure you use UI Fixer (see above additional addons) or FireFox's built in customizing menu (right click > customize on main title bar) to drag the elements you want to keep or move around. The url bar should be dragged up top to the title bar alongside the tabs with most of these styles in order to achieve the slimmest look. Drag all elements and buttons from the navigation bar before removing it. I recommend you place your addons in the addon bar if you want to access them later.
  736. More resources on creating your own css here: /g/ Wiki : Firefox Ricing - Mozilla Dev : CSS Reference
  738. Ahokas for Appows - Super slim and the most common.
  740. Seaweeds for FX Chrome - Makes the tabs look chrome-ish, managable not-super-slim CSS thats more on the functional side yet still manages to be somewhat minimal. Good to use with Chrome-fx and aero themes.
  742. !//S..MYON.s (Puffins) - Another take on what Ahoka authored.
  744. Shiros CSS collection - Various themes, transparent and bright themes suggested.
  746. HDNIs "Fleche" - see under Firefox in the readme.
  748. More versions of Ahokas for Appows - [1] - [2]
  750. -CSS Snippets-
  751. 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.
  753. ***4chan Userstyles + Userscripts***
  754. What is a Userscript?
  755. 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.
  757. What is a Userstyle?
  758. Userstyles allow the user to customize fonts, colors, positions of links in the margins, and many other elements of a webpage. This is done through custom Cascading Style Sheets more commonly refered too as "CSS". For more information on CSS, please see the following links:
  759. Read about Cascading Style Sheets
  760. Learn to write your own CSS
  762. -AppChanX-
  763. Userscript and Userstyle
  764. 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.
  766. -4chanX-
  767. Userscript
  768. Continuation of the project originally started by Aeosynth almost a year ago. For a list of features and a breakdown on installation just visit the link above.
  770. Forks of 4chanX:
  771. Seaweeds 4chanX (Discontinued)
  772. Joint project of Zixaphir and Seaweed. Adds emoji by default and is good if you plan on creating your own userstyle.
  774. Spitties 4chanX
  775. Fork and continuation of Seaweeds 4chanX. If you still want to use OneeChan, this is the fork you should be using. Offers an additional feature, the ability to post images directly from a url.
  777. Ahokas 4chanX v2
  778. An older version of 4chanX that you will need to use if you plan on using 4chanSS by Ahoka.
  780. Ihavenoface 4chanX
  781. Adds cute bloat. Download the stable versions for the browser you prefer using.
  783. -4chanSS-
  784. Userstyle
  785. The original css with a sidebar concept that is used alongside 4chanX. You will need to use Ahokas 4chanX fork since its not compatible with Mayhems v3. See the readme.
  787. -Stiling, Stilfuld, Svalish-
  788. Userstyles
  789. A clean set of styles. One offers a sidebar that functions as a thread watcher and houses custom board navigation links. Original content by Rideag and Myson. These userstyles were used alongside Seaweeds 4chanX, but you may want to try Spitties.
  791. -Ribbon and Clean-
  792. Userstyles
  793. A set of bright and clean userstyles by HDNI. These userstyles are best used with older version of 4chanX, much like Ahokas 4chanSS. They may need some minor edits to fit your browser properly.
  795. -OneeChan- (Discontinued)
  796. Userstyle
  797. It's back! New mascots and new themes! Use with Seaweeds 4chanX.
  799. -Easymode-
  800. Userstyle and Userscript
  801. Super detailed animations, with posts that fade in when scrolling. Made by an anon who frequents /g/ (offlineeric)
  803. -Imouto-
  804. Userstyle
  805. A collection of stylesheets for several websites. If you want to learn how to write CSS for 4chan (or other webpages), this is a good project to learn from. The code is simple, and commented - so its self explanatory as long as you read the tags. There are userstyles available for not only 4chan, but Youtube, Reddit, and HackerNews as well.
  807. ***Window Managers & Other Windows Shells***
  808. For advanced users who are confident in OS modification and ideally Linux literate.
  809. Full Documentation is available on the webpages linked.
  810. What is a "Window Manager?": Wiki : Window Manager
  811. What is a "Windows Shell?": Wiki : Windows Shell
  812. Seven Forums : Windows Shell Replacements
  814. -Window Managers-
  815. WindAwesome
  816. Bug.n
  817. Vibex : qt.pi - A WM written in AHK.
  818. ragesalmon : TildePlusPlus - A WM similar to qt.pi, but written in C++
  820. -Windows Shell-
  821. Litestep
  822. Emerge
  823. Bash (Windows port)
  824. Zsh (Z-shell for Windows)
  826. ***Auto Hot Key Scripts***
  827. Website - Tutorial
  828. 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.
  830. Miscellaneous Software
  831. 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.
  832. Skrommel : 1 Hr Software
  834. Miscellaneous Scripts
  835. 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!
  836. Remove Window Titlebars + borders (only created windows/newly opened)
  837. Remove ALL Window Titlebars + borders
  838. Removes ALL Window Titlebars + borders (EXCEPT FIREFOX/NIGHTLY)
  839. Customized Version - for removing borders and titlebars for processes of your choosing.
  840. Caption/Titlebar Toggle - Win + H to disable and Win + S to re-enable captions/titlebars on windows of your choosing.
  841. Icon Blanker - Removes the small icon/favicon on the top left of the program window.
  843. "Tiling" Scripts
  844. Anonymous Grid tiling - with mouse functionality. Read the instructions.
  846. Vibex(1920x1080 DUAL SCREEN) - Preview
  848. ***Tiling Windows***
  849. When creating your own Auto Hot key scripts (like those above) these variables defined below will help you determine how windows are sized. For example:
  850. "WinMove,A,, W,X,Y,Z"
  851. Where
  852. W= Distance of the window from the left side of the screen
  853. X= Distance of the window from the top of the screen
  854. Y= Total width of the window
  855. Z= Total height of the window
  856. Like so:
  857. NumpadHome:: (defined hotkey)
  858.             WinMove,A,, 20,29,1024,512 (defined window size and position)
  860. A list of programmable keys and their names can be found here.
  862. Alternatively, you may want to try the following:
  863. Winsplit
  864. 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.
  866. Grid Move
  867. 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.
  869. ***Docks and Launchers***
  871. Launchy
  872. 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. Highly recommended.
  874. Rocket Dock
  875. One of the older and more well known docks. Probably the best alternative to Docky for Windows users. Features listed on the website.
  877. ObjectDoc
  878. Another older more well known name to docks. Free, but with limited functionality.
  880. xWidget
  881. XWidget is more of a platform for customizing widgets and addons to your desktop, like clocks and weather.
  882. 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.
  884. Nexus
  885. The closest thing to a Mac/OSX dock you can find. Full/Ultimate version requires payment, however.
  887. xWindows
  888. Another Mac/OSX type dock. This one is free.
  890. SliderDock
  891. Flashy UI, and larger than most - but offers something different. Can be hidden with hotkeys.
  893. CircleDock
  894. Another large and intrusive dock, with a flashier UI. Can be hidden with mouse gestures.
  896. ***Chat Clients (IRC)***
  897. Irssi - top rice
  898. Hexchat - easy mode
  899. Weechat - somewhere inbetween
  900. mIRC - original gangster
  902. -Browsing and Joining Channels-
  903. 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.
  905. ***Steam Skins***
  906. 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.
  908. That Minimal Skin - Yep, here it is!
  909. 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.
  910. Haldinas "Hey at least its not another dark skin" comes in 21 different colors, and is consistently updated.  
  911. Deshou Steam - Another minimal skin, uses Haxrcorp s8 as a base font.
  913. ***Vectors, Image search, and Wallpapers***
  915. Reverse Image Search:
  916. Google Images
  917. Tineye
  918. Saucenao
  919. iqdb.org (for anime)
  921. Wallpapers/General:
  922. /wg/
  923. Wallbase.cc
  924. 4walled.cc
  925. Simple Desktops
  926. The Paper Wall
  927. Interfacelift
  928. Nik.bot
  929. Wallz
  930. Walldash
  931. Wallpaperswide
  933. Vectors/Anime Wallpapers:
  934. /w/
  935. Konachan
  936. Danbooru
  937. Gelbooru
  938. Yande.re
  939. Vectorbooru
  940. Minitokyo
  941. Deviant Art
  942. /w/ Deviant Art Group
  944. ***Credits***
  946. Original website design by Mavanmanen
  948. 4chan.org /w/ - /wg/ - /g/
  949. Super Special Thanks: pitkon, diabol, mojmir, and rtv for reviving the blackbox community and development.
  950. Special Thanks: Ahodesuka, MayhemYDG, Zixaphir, Seaweed, and all the contributors of 4chan extensions, scripts, and styles.
  951. Thanks: Synie!AthenaXcXo/Syn!DelRey778s, for creating the original Pastebin guide on /wg/
  952. Original Inspirations: Anonymous, Ahoka, GET9, Lullatone, Masood, Pufin, hora hora, and Windows 7 ricers everywhere
  953. DeviantArt Designers: neiio, kiko11, hora hora, brsev, Scope10, and more.
  954. DeviantArt Programmers: Kishan-Bagaria, parassidhu, Mr-Ragnarok, and more.
  955. Contributors: Anonymous ; Räv!MUNKEN0z/s ; Mono!X.FuJiWarA ; Yuuji!ZzSakai1/g ; Vibex!FL2K7hnbFY ; Mez!!pDd+L0POgts ; !YanderexME ; hal ; kori ; !RiDeag ; Scope10 ; Lullatone!ajtiI.Vexs ; and additional faggots and tripfaggots alike! Thank you, friends!
  960. View the website on Github
  961. Report an issue/make a suggestion
  962. Contact Me