How do I use rainmeter?

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computersarecool...

He's moving so fast in the video. It would be impossible to keep up with him.

Find and download the Rainmeter program. Install it and run it. Right click on the system tray icon and move your mouse up to themes...a theme is a set of skins and this shows your saved themes. You can name and save any set up of skins as a theme. Using the themes menu selection, you can open any themes you have downloaded or any set ups you have saved as a theme. Near the themes menu entry, you will also see the menu entry for skins. It will show all your folders (In the Rainmeter folder) that contain skins and then you can expand the menu to see and select a skin so it will appear on the desktop. You can left click and hold on the skin to move it once it's on the desktop.

***Advanced stuff...skins are editable. You can change the width and color of meter bars on your PC meters and many other attributes of a skin, too. Don't worry about this for now. Just get used to what comes in Rainmeter to start with at first. MUCH later maybe you will find creating skins something enjoyable. The Rainmeter download site has a bulletin board where you might find some assistance for that later***

I highly recommend you download Omnimo 5.0 theme for Rainmeter. This is a Windows 8 knock off with some very cool tiles. There is one I use a ton for Microsoft Office that has all the programs on it. I supersized it and it lives over by my system tray. You can also make tiles using Omnimo. There is a Panel Creator tile in amongst all the meters, etc.

One thing about Omnimo if you use it. All the settings for the set up are accessed by clicking on a little white plus sign. If your desktop is white you won't be able to see it, so make sure you use a colored background. Omnimo's settings interface is amazing. Also, when you install Omnimo, I chose the Windows 8 New layout. There are 4 to choose from. This one has a pop out on the right side of the screen with beautiful weather and time screens.

Please let me know if you need any help. There are so many amazing themes, and I am sure you will have a number of questions about how to save a set up as a theme amongst others...
 
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