I spend a fair amount/all of my time on my laptop working away. I have always wanted a clean Desktop that is free from clutter and files, and nothing to vibrant that will cause distraction. Until recently…
The first website I found was Simple Desktops. A website where users can upload Desktop images with simple graphics; albeit very cool graphics I might add. From this site, it took me days to find the one I wanted. I did experiment with a few but I finally rested on this one: La Pieuvre.
I did want to start to make use of the space with Windows Gadgets to add a more dynamic feel to it. I have always disabled this in Windows Vista, to reduce the load on the system. Windows 7 runs much better on my ThinkPad X41 Tablet, so I decided to give them ago. I am always wary of 3rd party freeware, as I don’t like bugs and I don’t like anomalies. So I stuck to the free MS Office Outlook Upcoming Appointment Gadget and Outlook Tasks Gadget. These were designed to work with MS Office 2007 and not Office 2010. There is a version checker in the VB code that you need to update for both gadgets to pick up MS Office 2010.
- Install the gadget
- Navigate to C:\Users\<UserName>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Sidebar\Gadgets\<GadgetName>.gadget\en-US\js\
- Open Outlook.vbs in notepad
- Edit the two lines below:
if value = “Outlook.Application.12” then to if value = “Outlook.Application.14” then
if mid(outlookApplication.Version, 1, 2) <> “12” then to if mid(outlookApplication.Version, 1, 2) <> “14” then
Do this for both the Outlook Upcoming Appointment Gadget and Outlook Tasks Gadget. Once you have made the changes, close the outlook.vbs files and then open/restart Outlook to populate the gadgets.
I have also found (just now), that the gadgets come in either grey or blue, depending on your Windows theme. As my theme is the default blue theme, my gadgets stay in blue and there is no way to set this; unless you dig around in the code.
- Navigate to C:\Users\<UserName>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Sidebar\Gadgets\<GadgetName>.gadget\en-US\
- Open appointment.vbs or tasks.vbs (depending on the gadget)
- Edit the line below:
default: // Blue
themeName = “blue”;
default: // Blue
themeName = “gray”;
- Close the gadgets if they are open, and re-add them to your Desktop
I did install a WordPress Gadget to help having quick links for blog administration, but I found that I rarely used it, so decided to dump it. I have just recently installed the TopProcess gadget to get a dynamic look at the processes using up the most CPU on my laptop. I will give it a whirl and see how it goes.
I came across a LifeHacker post, where people had used gadgets or Widgets alongside static graphics to get very cool looking Desktops. There is a flickr group where everyone has uploaded their own designs and there is some great stuff! Well I thought I might so the same. Below is what I have ended up with:
I have tried to keep it very clean to prevent distraction, but I have loads of different graphics I would love to throw in!
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