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Date: October 13th, 2003
Article by: Roger (Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: Stardock
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PRODUCT FEATURES & WALKTHROUGH (cont'd)



Teknsion is available at www.wincustomize.com, and I highly encourage people to check it out. I think it is an amazing theme. The colours are perfectly matched, and do not take your attention off of the content (whether browsing or working on a word document).


And my desktop?



After some tinkering, I came up with this. The wallpaper was made using a brushed aluminium background, and a free image from www.blizzard.com's wallpaper section. The icons all came from www.wincustomize.com. OjectDock bar is available for free from www.stardock.com. I am exceptionally happy with the outcome.


Still wondering what I meant when I spoke about switching between skins?


WindowBlinds is setup in such a way that you can easily change skins. The problem is, if you are anything like me, you have spent a lot of time choosing the perfect wallpaper and icons to match the skin, not to mention the taskbar, ObjectDock bar and icon locations. It is a complete package, and changing all of these things just to look at a different desktop for a few days can be a little frustrating. I was disappointed to see my Ninjai background go, as I had grown attached to it. I like playing with my desktop (keeping it fly), but complete changes mean that I have to say good-by to that favourite wallpaper because it does not match the brushed aluminium skin.


So here's what I (and you) can do.


Windows XP allows you to have multiple users, which you can switch between very easily. Pop into the Users and Passwords module within your Control Panel, and create more users (which will correspond to your desktops). In my case, I'd name one Roger-Ninjai, and another Roger-NE (NightElf for those who don't play Warcraft III). I would have to make certain to give each administrative rights, and from there, I'd have to make certain that desktop shortcuts are saved to that user's Desktop folder within c:\Documents and Settings. I can't have icons in the All User's Desktop folder, because then that will screw up the look of every desktop. What looks good on one may not on the other.


Still following me? Good.


Unless otherwise told, nearly every application (and game) will install for all users. All you have to do is point your browser and mail client to the same location (easy if you are using Firebird and Outlook), and from there, you are laughing. At the logon screen, select whichever desktop you prefer. Then bask in the ability to click the Windows key + L on your keyboard to quickly switch between your desktops.


Cool, huh?

 

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