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Vote for your favorite customized desktop

We asked the TechRepublic community to send in photos/screenshots, and now it's up to you to decide which one actually deserves the title of the coolest customized desktop. View the gallery, and then take the poll.

Last week, we asked the TechRepublic community to send in photo/screenshot submissions and an explanation about why they think their customized desktop is the coolest. We received several entries, and so now it's up to you to decide which one actually deserves the title of the coolest customized desktop.

Click through to see the photo gallery, and then take the poll below.

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10 comments
wizard57m-cnet
wizard57m-cnet

My favorite customized desktop of all-time was way back in my Windows 3.1 days...after toying with various shells and launchers, I found Calmira...ahh! Gave my old 486 a new look, almost identical to Win9Xs Start, Taskbar, Tray...and after installing the Win32s I could even run a few NT3 32 bit apps! Pretty cool when friends thought I had bought a "new Windows" computer. But my strangest experiment was using Internet Explorer 3.03 as the "shell" for Windows 3.1! It worked, for the most part, just took a bit of tinkering to get apps to launch. Ah yes...I used to have way too much time on my hands, hehe!

doveman
doveman

I found the first one quite amusing but I'm not a big fan of shortcuts on the desktop and like a modern clean look, so I voted for luke.styles (Man I wish I knew how to get my desktop like that). Surprised more people haven't. I don't know how he got the Start Menu up the top whilst leaving the rest of the toolbar down the bottom, but that's how I wish mine was. I've tried putting the whole thing up top, but it just confuses me too much, but I think if I could have Start or other shortcut menus up top, I could cope with that and I (and others) might find it more intuitive to have drop down menus rather than pop-up ones. My favourite technique is to make shortcut menus (eg Net, Utils) on the Start Menu in the space above Programs, which makes it far quicker to access them than going through Programs first. If the Start Menu is then moved to the top of the desktop, these customised menus are at the top, nearest to the cursor, when I click on Start.

mikifinaz1
mikifinaz1

The ones that can be setup with KDE and Gnome.

maj37
maj37

That first one just blew all the others away, you should have put it last or in the middle or something. Many of the others were just wallpaper, I have had way better wallpaper then most of them before but I like to change mine frequently. maj

Editor's_response
Editor's_response

and wish I would have stuck it in the middle. However, the first one wasn't the one that I voted for. Just shows that people have different interpretations of what's "cool." ;)

maj37
maj37

"than" not "then" bad case of proof reading. maj

santeewelding
santeewelding

[b]Seanferd[/b] manages to sound as august as he does.

seanferd
seanferd

that you can just edit your original post to fix it. :)