6 apps, tools and plugins to excite and invigorate Windows

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by Jimmy Nicholls| 01 May 2014

How to make Microsoft's OS intuitive and attractive.

Windows users tend not to be the types seduced by extensive customisation and reams of specialist tools. Customisation is for Linux users, or at least those on Mac. The shame of it is there are some great tools for extending Windows, some making it prettier and some making it more useful. There's even a few that do both.

So let this serve as your initiation into the world of Windows customisation. And maybe we will entice you onto Linux one day...

Docks

ObjectDock is one of many customisable menus, and can be rethemed for your pleasure.

ObjectDock is one of several customisable docks available.

Many Windows users will have looked at the sleek menu that Apple's customers have used for years and wished they could have access to something so stylish. Admittedly recent Windows versions let you pin programmes to the taskbar, but the effect is still a bit humdrum compared to the sheen of a decent dock.

There are now several different docks available for Windows, some free and some paid for. The premium versions let you manage several configurations, but all support a variety of themes and skins, making your desktop beautiful and the menu a pleasure to use.

Examples: ObjectDock and RocketDock

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