Desktop Enhancements


Clock


Digital Clock 4
Beautiful very customizable clock. Features: skins; zoom; signals (alarm + every hour signal); any clock color; texture instead of color; plugins; multilingual support (system locale will be detected automatically).
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CountDownClock
CountDownClock can count up and down a time interval or show system clock. Features include transparent timer, font and colors can be changed, configuration can be saved and loaded, close on time up, some command line parameters, beep on time up, drag timer, and it's a portable program (no installation needed).
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TheAeroClock
The Aero Clock is a simple but at the same time beautiful desktop clock with alpha transparency. This Windows program can be used as a portable avert. This very decorative desktop clock shows the local time at the Desktop. The basic functions: total transparency, size, setting, and the selection of the Clock-texture or the appearance are available.
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DS Clock
DS Clock is a FREE digital desktop clock that displays variable date and time information built from the format string.
The program allows you to fully customize its look and feel.
You can select any combination of date, time, and time zones, insert any text, pick custom colors and fonts, set custom sound to play at the top of the hour, play real Westminster chimes, etc.
DS Clock can synchronize your computer's clock with Atomic Time Servers.
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T-Clock
T-Clock is a handy application that runs in your taskbar and will modify your taskbar clock also acting as an alarm clock, a timer and a customization tool.
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Customization


Tzedit
Tzedit is a freeware utility that allows you to edit time zone information in Windows. All parameters can be edited such as time zone name and information, time zone location on the world map (MapID), Microsoft Time Zone Index, MUI strings for time zone name and Dynamic DST settings. This utility works on any version of Windows from Windows 95 to Windows 8.
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WinLayout
WinLayout is a program with keyboard hotkeys to move, resize, and snap windows all around the desktop area. Win Layout adds 33 new keyboard shortcuts to the Windows operating system that can be used to manipulate open windows easily. The keyboard shortcuts make use of a combination of the Windows, Alt and CTRL keys plus the numpad.
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DesktopSnowOK
DesktopSnowOK is a lightweight portable Windows program for fun, showing snowflakes of different style at your desktop. It does not have to be installed and can be executed from the desktop easily. It features low CPU usage, adjustable speed, several flakes textures (bitmaps), optional alpha transparency, and optional deactivation by mouse movement or keyboard input, optional translation feature, portable, and multilingual.
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VSLogonScreenCustomizer
VSLogonScreenCustomizer is a special program designed to personalize logon screen for Microsoft Windows Vista/7. Administrator rights are required when working with VSLogonScreenCustomizer. Supported image formats: TIFF, JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP and WMPhoto.
Download VSLogonScreenCustomizer

InstantLogonChanger
With InstantLogonChanger always have your Windows 7 logon background the same as your Desktop wallpaper or set it to any other image or color without any security prompts or changing system files. JPEG, PNG, BMP, GIF, or TIFF image formats are supported. You can fill, fit, stretch, tile, or center your image and change background color for images that are too small to fit the screen.
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Start Killer
Start Killer removes the Start button from your taskbar. When you run Start Killer it remove the Start button from taskbar and give you additional space on taskbar, when you close Start Killer the Start button is again shows. Though the Start Button is removed, you can still open Start Menu using CTRL+ESC or WIN key.
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Font Tools


Font Runner
Browse through your font collection quickly to help you find 'just the right font' for any project. Organize your fonts with drag-and-drop ease; cataloging them into different folders and projects. Search your fonts by name, similarity or by character. Also, preview your fonts inside Font Runner or by making them available to other applications. Finally, Font Runner gives you the ability to make printouts of your fonts so you can thumb through them easily.
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dp4 Font Viewer
Features:
- displays all fonts in any folder in OpenType (OTF), TrueType (TTF) or Collections (TTC) format
- has its own render engine with 256 subpixel anti-alias
- filters for font type / class / width / weight
- choose between ASCII or glyph display, it is possible to enter your own text
- shows unicodes and keys
- simple management functions - install, delete, display font information
- multi language executable - german and english
- list sub folders
- print function for single font and for complete font list
- no installation required, very small program.
Download dp4 Font Viewer

gdipp
The gdipp (codename) project is a replacement of the Windows default text render, which brings to you the effect of text like Mac OS and Linux distributions. It is easy to use with ignorable overhead, and it is fully customizable.
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Icon Tools


ReIcon
ReIcon is a very easy to use Portable freeware and enables you to save and restore your desktop icon layouts. If you frequently change your screen resolution to play games or use applications that require a specific resolution, you are probably familiar with the fact that your desktop icons are usually a mess after you switch back to your normal resolution. ReIcon solves this problem by allowing you to save your desktop layout and restore it with the click of a button (Or just with Right-Click (Context) Menu). Set your icons the way you like them, save the layout, then just restore it later when the need arises...
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Greenfish Icon Editor Pro
Greenfish Icon Editor Pro is an icon and cursor editor with support for image layers. It can be used to create Vista compatible and 32 bit icons up to 256x256 with the help of a variety of drawing and selection tools, as well as several filters including drop shadow, remove matte, glow and others. The program also allows you to edit icon libraries and resource files, and lets you replace icons in executable files. Other features include file drag and drop, gradient styles for filling shapes and more. Greenfish Icon Editor Pro can open/save ICO, CUR, PNG, XPM, BMP, GIF (including animated) and JPEG formats as well as ANI files and animated cursors.
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IconSort
IconSort is a small utility that can store/restore the position of the icons in the desktop of Windows. IconSort is very useful if you changes frequently between different video resolutions or if your icons simply gets ramdomly disorder. IconSort is free and Open Source.
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IconViewer
IconViewer is a shell extension, a plugin for Windows Explorer. When you open the Properties box for a file containing icons, an extra Icons tab will appear. Clicking on this tab brings up the IconViewer property page, and it lists the icons that the file contains.
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Desktop Restore
This tiny application operates as a Shell extension. It records the layout and positions of icons and programs on the Windows Desktop, and permits restoration of the layout. Sometimes other programs will switch screen size and trash your layout as well. This program is an answer to this problem, and I thought other people might find it useful too.
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Iconoid
- Save and Restore Icon positions for each (or every) screen resolution
- Transparent icon backgrounds or use any color
- Select any color for icon text
- Automatically hide icons when you don't need them and show them when you do
- Automatically or manually select the best color for the text background
- Quickly minimize all windows so that you can see your desktop wallpaper.
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ICU - Icon Configuration Utility
Restore your desktop when the icons get 'rearranged'.
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DesktopOK
Save and restore the positions of icons. DesktopOK is a small but effective solution for user that have to change the screen resolution often.
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Screensavers


UsefulSaver
Screen savers can be useful, too! Install UsefulSaver to monitor useful information on your computer such as CPU activity, disk activity, disk space, processes, and more. A slideshow feature is available for multi-monitor system, ScreenWash to prevent LCD burn-in, and customizable quotes and colors.
Download UsefulSaver


Shell & Desktop Management


ShellMenuView
ShellMenuView is a small utility that display the list of static menu items that appeared in the context menu when you right-click a file/folder on Windows Explorer, and allows you to easily disable unwanted menu items. Notice: Some of the menu items in the context menu of Explorer are created dynamically using shell extensions. In these cases, you can use the ShellExView utility to disable them.
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Desktop Zoom
This Application is like loupe (magnifying glass) and can enlarge the portion of the Windows screen. It is easy to change position (Left-Button Hold + Moving) and size of zoom window (Right-Button Hold + Moving) and zooming level (Wheel-Button) with mouse. It can invert and filter colors also rotate the image.
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StExBar
The ultimate extensions for Windows Explorer or: what Microsoft forgot to implement in the Windows Explorer.
StExBar provides many useful commands for your everyday use of Windows Explorer. And you can add as many custom commands on your own as you like. The commands are not just available from the toolbar, but also via hotkeys and via a context menu!
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ShimExt
ShimExt is a right click context menu that provide these file/folder operations: Copy the full path of the selected file or folder to the clipboard; Copy the selected file or folder to the same folder with a datestamp; Rename the selected file or folder with a date stamp.
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Ownership
Taking ownership of files or folders is not a simple task. Whether you use the GUI or the command line, it takes far too many steps to take ownership of files or folders. Rizonesoft Ownership will add a 'Take Ownership' option under the Explorer right-click menu that will handle all the steps for you. This menu option is used to modify the Discretionary Access Control lists (DACLs). Simply put, it unlocks or gets ownership of a file or folder.
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Aero Glass for Windows 8
This utility returns the complete glass effect into windows frames. Features: Apply glass look to windows borders; Blur the content behind the borders to improve UI experience; Change amount of transparency in Control panels directly; Change inactive windows borders color; Skin windows borders (add glow, shadows etc.) without changing Windows theme; Fully native including MSStyle themes and DWM API compatibility; Low resources usage.
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ConsoleZ
ConsoleZ is a Windows console window enhancement. ConsoleZ is NOT a shell. This is a modified version of Console 2 for a better experience under Windows Vista/7 and a better visual rendering. This fork supports: splittable tabs (horizontally and vertically), Windows Vista aero glass theme, Windows 7 jumplist, Windows 7 wallpaper positions and slideshow, Zooming with Ctrl-Mouse, Quake like console animation, Full screen, ...
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Easy Context menu
It is a small but effective application and include useful tweaks for the Desktop, My Computer, Drives, File and folder context menus. It helps in accessing most used windows components quickly and easily. You just need to right-click on Desktop, My Computer, Drives, File and folders and click on the desired component shortcut to launch it.
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Folder Size
Folder Size for Windows adds a new column to the Details view in Windows Explorer. The new column shows not only the size of files, but also the size of folders. It keeps track of which folders you view, and scans them in the background so you can see complete size of all files within the folder. It's very useful for cleaning up your disk. Once you get used to having that information available, a directory listing simply looks incomplete without it!
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ShellExView
Shell Extensions are in-process COM objects which extends the abilities of Windows operating system. Most shell extensions are automatically installed by the operating system, but there are also many other applications that install additional shell extension components. For example: If you install WinZip on your computer, you'll see a special WinZip menu when you right-click on a Zip file. This menu is created by adding a shell extension to the system. The ShellExView utility displays the details of shell extensions installed on your computer, and allows you to easily disable and enable each shell extension.
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AutoHideMouseCursor
AutoHideMouseCursor is a small portable Windows application that allows you to hide the mouse cursor, if this does not move. Automatically hide the mouse cursor with an adjustable timer, it is the right desktop tool when the cursor is too annoying to them, such as when working with word processing programs because often when you enter the text cursor is in the way and obscures the text. Thus one has a clear view on the text, or other programs, you can try this freeware tool though, as no installation is required, you can also delete it if not satisfied very quickly, without leaving traces on the computer.
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AlwaysMouseWheel
AlwaysMouseWheel is a handy utility designed to enable you to scroll via mouse wheel over inactive windows. It allows you to scroll even if the window is not in the foreground i.e. focused. The program allows optionally bringing the wheel window to the foreground. So you save a couple of clicks, or switching between windows.
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StreamInfo Shell Extension
StreamInfo Shell Extension is a Windows Explorer shell extension that displays all NTFS streams and their sizes as a property-sheet of a specified file. Since shell extensions are platform-specific there are two dlls, one for 32bit Windows and one for 64bit Windows.
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Viva Start Menu
In Windows 8, Microsoft has replaced the Start Menu with a new Start Screen filled with flashy 'Live Tiles'. The new interface is cool and has a wow-factor, but not everyone is ready to get rid of the start menu. Viva Start Menu gives you the power to restore the start menu on Windows 8.
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PointerStick
PointerStick is a portable tool that presents on the Windows Desktop a virtual pointer stick, for example for Presentations to highlight the current mouse position and the emphasis on presenting will be better. The use of the virtual pointer stick is ideal for projectors (Beamer) and larger LED/LCD screens.
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DesktopRefresh
DesktopRefresh refreshes your desktop to make the effects of a registry change visible instantly. The Windows desktop changes after certain changes had been made to Explorer's registry entries.
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ShellTools
ShellTools is a collection of free Unicode-aware Windows shell extensions. It adds some new useful commands like Resize image, Install/Uninstall/Load/Unload font, Copy size, Copy path, Show hidden files, Show file extensions, File note, Refresh icons etc to right-click menus in Windows Explorer.
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7 Taskbar Numberer
If you want to use the keyboard to switch from one Windows 7 application to another, you could press Alt+Tab repeatedly, cycling through all your programs until you reach the one you need. 7 Taskbar Numberer solves this problem by numbering sequentially, left to right. This is a tiny utility that will add number overlay to buttons that appear in the taskbar so you can easily identify which key you need to press in order to jump to a particular program.
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Recent Files
Being a Shell extension, it adds an entry to the context menu of every folder, from where a list of recently accessed files is shown. Other options are also available. The list of recently accessed files is not always accurate due to limitations of file systems in recording the last access time for files.
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OneLoupe
OneLoupe is required to view everything on the screen enlarged. Simple and easy to use, the small Magnifier is always ready when you need it to view all fine details, even the small print in the I-Net to decipher. OneLoupe is very practical and user-friendly. And it is virtually no burden on the system, an installation is not required. Once placed on the desktop, it is always ready for use.
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AquaSnap Personal Edition
AquaSnap is a free software that greatly enhances the way you can arrange windows on your Desktop. It gives you the possibility to snap windows to the edges or to the corners of the desktop simply by dragging and dropping them where you want. AquaSnap is a great replacement for the Aero Snap and Aero Shake features of Windows 7 and is compatible with every Windows versions and consumes very little memory and CPU.
Download AquaSnap Personal Edition

WindowsPager
WindowsPager is a pager utility for the Windows XP/Vista/Seven desktop. It fit smoothly into the Desktop panel. WindowsPager provide unlimited support for so called 'virtual desktops' or 'workspaces'. Features: arrange your running applications on different desktops, integration into the panel, several patterns possible, dual/multi monitor support, automatic window restore even on crash.
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CoolShell
CoolShell is a little program for Windows that adds several features to the explorer shell.
Features:
- Wheel acts on the window under the mouse cursor, not the one that has the focus
- Windows can be dragged with the middle button hold down
- Windows can be resized with the middle button double click (hold down)
- Right click on a minimize button sends the window to the notification area
- Right click on a maximize button rolls the window
- Right click on a close button toggles the window Always On Top
- Middle click on a minimize button sets the window transparency to 20%
- Middle click on a maximize button sets the window transparency to 80%
- Middle click on a close button sets the window opaque
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SKTimeStamp
SKTimeStamp is a very simple shell extension which adds a new page to the Explorer properties dialog. On that new page, you can change the file/folder dates and times.
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WOW64Menu
The WOW64Menu application was developed to be a small tool will allow you to use shell context menu of 32-bit applications on 64-bit editions of Windows. It adds 'Show WOW64 Menu' command to context menu of objects on Desktop and in Windows Explorer. When choosing this command a new context menu including 32-bit applications will be shown.
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FreeSnap
FreeSnap allows you to instantly resize any window edge to the corresponding screen edge. Want that window to touch the right edge of the screen? Press and hold the left 'Windows Key' and press the right arrow. It's just that simple. The number-pad keys work as well, regardless of the NumLock state.
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Windawesome
Windawesome is a highly customizable dynamic window manager written in C#, which works on top of explorer.exe and NOT as a shell replacement. Windawesome is scriptable and pluggable in IronRuby, IronPython and any .NET language that compiles down to an assembly.
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KillKeys
KillKeys disables specified keys, preventing programs from picking them up. They then effectively become dead keys that does nothing while KillKeys is enabled. The default behavior is to disable both windows keys and the menu key when in fullscreen windows to prevent accidentally pressing them when playing games. You can configure KillKeys to block any key you wish.
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WindowsWhere
Use WindowsWhere with Windows 7 to make sure that explorer windows stay where you left them. See, Windows 7 (and Vista as well, apparently) like to forget where you left your explorer windows, so that new explorer windows end up wherever the last window was, instead of where that particular window was last.
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MOBZRuler
MOBZRuler is the .NET successor to gRuler (previously known as DXRuler). Very simple but surprisingly useful tool that displays a grid on screen. Great for lining up screen elements, measuring screen distances etc.
Download MOBZRuler

MOBZoom
MOBZoom is a very lightweight yet powerfool zoom tool. Start it up, move the mouse around and view the area around it in the main MOBZoom window, then capture the zoomed image and save it to the clipboard or to file in a variety of formats (even as Windows icons - which is something special!).
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See Through Windows
Press a hotkey to make the current window transparent, allowing you to see through it! Press hotkeys to minimize/maximize the current window, or to send it to another monitor (like Windows 7, except also if you don't have Windows 7).
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TortoiseHg
TortoiseHg is a Windows shell extension and a series of applications for the Mercurial distributed revision control system. It also includes a Gnome/Nautilus extension and a CLI wrapper application so the TortoiseHg tools can be used on non-Windows platforms.
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Python Windows Tiler
A small simple tiler for Windows written in Python, using the pywin32 modules.
Features:
- Tiling window management
- Workspaces
- Per monitor tiling
- Low use of resources
- Ergonomic VI-based hotkeys
Download Python Windows Tiler

Sh'elf
Sh'elf is an on-demand desktop with drag and drop. Good for alternate shells, or as a second desktop. Program supports relative (portable) paths for customizable image viewing, text editor, command shell, etc., as well as interface options such as stay-on-top and tray icon.
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Emerge Desktop
Emerge Desktop is a replacement windows 'shell' (the desktop environment normally provided by Windows Explorer). In order to replace Windows Explorer as a shell, it provides a system tray (the area that collects the icons collected at the lower right corner in Explorer), called emergeTray. It will also provide access to the users programs (normally accessed with the windows 'start' button) via a right-click on the desktop, via emergeCore.
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Synergy
Synergy is FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) that lets you easily share a single mouse and keyboard between multiple computers with different operating systems, without special hardware. All you need is a LAN connection. It's intended for users with multiple computers, where each system uses its own display.
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FilerFrog
FilerFrog is a new and innovative way of manipulating files in windows explorer. It integrates with windows explorer as a shell extension so it can provide you with tools to perform your every day file manipulation actions easily and efficiently.
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Rainmeter
Rainmeter is a desktop customization platform. Through Rainmeter, you can enhance your Windows computer at home or work with skins: handy, compact applets which float freely on your desktop, much like Windows Sidebar gagdgets, or dashboard widgets for the Mac.
Download Rainmeter

Zorro
Zorro is a utility to completely blank the screen except for a rectangular area selected by the user. This is especially useful for watching videos on your computer without being distracted by other programs.
Download Zoro

FileBox eXtender
FileBox enhances Windows by adding several advanced functions to the standard Open File and Save File dialog boxes.
Download FileBox eXtender

FileMenu Tools
FileMenu Tools allows you to customise the context menu of Windows Explorer.
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Taskix
Taskix - Reorder taskbar tabs and more...
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VistaSwitcher
VistaSwitcher is an elegant and powerful task management utility for Windows OS. Once installed, it replaces the default Windows Alt-Tab dialog with a nice box that shows a list of all running tasks, with their names and preview snapshots, and enables the user to take actions on them using the mouse and keyboard shortcuts.
Download VistaSwitcher

7 Taskbar Tweaker
7 Taskbar Tweaker enables you to tweak your Windows 7 taskbar.
Download 7 Taskbar Tweaker

Open++
Open++ is a context menu shell extension that allows you to quickly open the target file or folder with the customized commands.
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Link Shell Extension
HardLinks provide the ability to keep a single copy of a file yet have it appear in multiple folders (directories).
Download Link Shell Extension

Wallpaper


Bgcall
Bgcall is a nonresident wallpaper changer that is launched from the Windows startup. (It exits soon after changing the wallpaper at the Windows logon.) Other features are multiple monitors support (individual wallpaper setting), calendar display (merge into wallpaper), manual wallpaper setting, etc.
Download Bgcall

Okozo Desktop
Okozo Desktop utilizes the latest DirectX and Adobe Flash technologies to render interactive, low-resource animations as your desktop wallpaper. Simply get the software to gain access to hundreds of wallpapers available from the Okozo Web site. If you are a flash developer and would like to see your works available with Okozo, you can submit them to us and upon approval they will be featured on the Web site and be available for download.
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