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  • CursorFX

    Stardock  (Free to try, $9.95 to buy)

    Stardock’s CursorFX shapes up as a useful program for boosting the functionality and look of the mouse cursor on your computer. This software is compatible with Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP. Once the software has been installed, you can select from hundreds of mouse cursor styles featuring fluid animation, smoothed edges, and custom sizes. Additionally, CursorFX offers support for features like smooth motion so users can get behavior [...]

    Version 2.11
    Product ranking: #1 in Cursors
  • Decor8

    Stardock  (Free to try, $4.99 to buy)

    Windows 8 restricts users from customizing their start screens except by using a small number of background images provided with the OS. Furthermore, alternative color schemes are also very limited in number. The free-to-download Decor8 eliminates such restrictions and gives users freedom in personalizing their start screens using their own colors and images. With this software, it is easy to add personal photos and other images. In fact, you can [...]

    Version 1.07
    Product ranking: #17 in Desktop Customization
  • Fences

    stardock-fences Stardock  (Free to try, $9.99 to buy)

    The idea of Fences is to eliminate all forms of clutter on your computer desktop. This is achieved with the use of fenced areas, which organize various desktop objects so as to form logical groups. The fenced areas can be accessed easily, and customized, if desired. More than five million people across the globe use Fences on a day by day basis for the purposes of keeping their desktops well [...]

    Version 2.11
    Product ranking: #3 in Desktop Customization
  • ObjectDock

    objectdock Stardock  (Free)

    ObjectDock is an application that is designed expressly to make the Windows experience more stylish, better organized, and more functional. You can use this software to store web links, shortcuts to programs, plus a raft of information widgets using the program’s fun-to-use, animated dock. Extra “docklets” give you fast access to the latest weather reports, the current time, plus a lot of other information you may find useful. The latest [...]

    Version 2.1
    Product ranking: #6 in Desktop Customization
  • Start8

    start8-10-32x32 Stardock  (Free to try, $4.99 to buy)

    If you are new to Windows 8 but find yourself longing for some of your favorite features of Windows 7, Start8 can help you out. This program can get back your tried and trusted Start menu from Windows 7, as well as adding a raft of improvements when using Windows 8. With this software, you can get back the quick access to your programs, music, videos, devices, and documents that [...]

    Version 1.41
    Product ranking: #2 in Desktop Customization
  • Sticky Notes

    Igor Vigdorchik  (Free to try, $4.99 to buy)

    Sticky Notes permits users to make sticky electronic notes on their Windows desktops. These Sticky Notes look rather like so-called post-it paper notes but they are on the computer. The notes are handy for jotting down impending tasks, making notes of incoming messages, noting down ideas, reminders for appointments, telephone numbers, and upcoming birthdays. All these things and more can be recorded in notes and then stuck on users’ desktops. [...]

    Version 2.3
    Product ranking: #2 in Gadgets & Widgets
  • WindowBlinds

    Stardock  (Free to try, $19.95 to buy)

    Anybody who has need of a program that can alter the feel and look of the Microsoft Windows operating system should take a close look at WindowBlinds. The software is able to apply different visual styles (aka “skins”) right across the whole OS. Consequently, users get absolute control over every aspect of the appearance of Windows. WindowBlinds comes equipped with a selection of styles so users can get started quickly. [...]

    Version 8.05
    Product ranking: #7 in Desktop Customization
  • Winstep Nexus Dock

    If you’re in need of a dock application for Windows that delivers fast, free-of-charge access to all the applications you use frequently, then Winstep Nexus Dock has to be the ideal choice. This software comes with numerous options that allow it to be docked or have it simply float anywhere around your screen. Every single feature you could possibly want from this kind of dock application is provided. Features include [...]

    Version 12.2
    Product ranking: #4 in Desktop Customization
  • XWidget

    XWidget is certainly your best bet if you want a free-of-charge platform for customizing your desktop. This program is light and handy, and it comes equipped with a power-packed widget editor as well as a raft of exceedingly subtle animations. Furthermore, the latest version boasts one hell of a rapid startup speed, coupled with very low use of system resources and super smooth animation. What’s new in version 1.8: Crash [...]

    Version 1.91
    Product ranking: #3 in Gadgets & Widgets