The problem with using a picture of your significant other as your phone wallpaper is that it’s awkward to ever change it away. Luckily my wife just changed her lock screen from a photo of me to a photo of a baby we like, so I’m changing mine to one of the cool maps offered by Alvar Carto.
Mac users, hello! Let’s argue about which side of your screen is best for your dock. (PC users, please ignore this piece and don’t make fun of us.)
Android: Some apps in Android can enter what’s known as “immersive mode” which hides your buttons and status bar, giving you extra space. This Tasker action lets you enable this mode for any app whenever you need it.
Android: The kernel in your operating system handles a lot of low-level tasks like managing your CPU speed. Most users will never want to touch this, but if you’re a tweaker with a desire to overclock your phone, Universal Kernel Manager can be a huge help.
Reader Saifali has submitted desktops in the past to our Desktop Showcase, but this one’s a fresh look, and we like it. If you dig it too—or just the Antarctic landscape in it—here’s how you can bring the same look to your computer.
Reader Linux Jess submitted this monochrome desktop, powered by Arch Linux, to our Desktop Showcase, and we couldn’t help but feature it. It’s clean, elegant, and simple to reproduce. Here’s how.
Reader Sebastian submitted this beautiful desktop to our Desktop Showcase, and the combination of the wallpaper and a few tasteful skins is a solid, sharp look. Here’s how he set it all up.
Windows: If you spent a lot of time tweaking your Start Menu to your liking, you’ll want to make sure you don’t lose it. Fortunately, you can backup your layout by making a copy of a hidden folder.
Reader Alec submitted this desktop that brings a little bit of Windows 10 into macOS, but only the good parts. Mission Control gets a lovely unified look, and there’s an app launcher at the bottom that functions like a taskbar. Here’s how it’s all set up.
ravenclawwit’s desktop is too pretty to ignore. The clock in the center is a combination of awesome-looking cyberpunk and a Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes challenge—but it’s just the time. Here’s how it’s all set up.
Rainmeter is a powerful tool that lets you create a beautiful, information-rich heads-up display that keeps track of your system status, RSS feeds, and tons of other info. Here’s how to use it to make an awesome, Iron Man-like HUD for your Windows desktop.
Windows: Rainmeter is hands-down the most popular tool for customizing the look of your Windows desktop and it’s hitting version 4.0 with some new skin creation tools.
Every week, we feature customized desktops submitted by readers that show off beautiful wallpapers, great customization, and UI tweaks. Sometimes they’re fun, sometimes they’re functional, and sometimes they’re both, but 2016 was a great year for them. Here’s a look at your favorites.
This landscape may look like it’s steaming or on fire, but it’s just bright, rich colors of the time of day the photo was shot—and it makes for a beautiful wallpaper. Add a little customization, and Nicolas has a great desktop worth sitting down at every day. Here’s how it’s all set up.
Android’s developer options menu is a secret treasure trove of tweaks that adventurous users can play with. If you want to install any app to your SD card, speed up window animations, or even save some battery life, here’s how to unlock and use this hidden menu.
We’ve been seeing a lot of water-based, beach-y, ocean-y wallpapers lately, and that makes us think you guys must be yearning for warmer weather. This one, from Sebastian, is a gorgeous, stark, black and white desktop with just a little customization. Here’s how it’s all set up.
Maikasenpai’s desktop is a calm sea, a respite from the tumult of the world, and we love it. It’s a simple thing, but tweaked just enough to make it personal. Here’s how it’s all set up.
Dobbie03 decided to give sidboX a try after using Gnome-Shell for ages, and it inspired him to customize his Arch box, which you can see above. If you have no idea what that’s all about, it’s okay—the end result is a gorgeous, custom Linux desktop that we can all admire.
Reader Alec submitted this desktop to our Desktop Showcase, and aside from a stunning wallpaper, it’s a neatly customized Mac. Here’s how he set everything up.
Frequent desktop contributor JonRedcorn2 usually uses Windows, but this time he has a Mac—and that isn’t stopping him from customizing it the way he likes. Here’s how he set up this beautifully clean desktop.