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"What is this, and how do I?"

xdemonessx Sep 20th, 2014 (edited) 50,755 Never
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  1. - A journey through the thought process of an illiterate PC user. -
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  4. "Where do I start? I can't google much of anything if I don't know what I'm googling for!"
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  7. The Basics:
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  9. 1: Visual Styles
  10. Taskbar and Window appearance.
  11. http://neiio.deviantart.com/art/How-to-Install-Custom-Themes-262833454
  12. http://nanami-tan.info/#Win7Themes
  13. http://nanami-tan.info/#ThemeBuilding
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  15. 2: Icons
  16. Folder and program icons.
  17. http://neiio.deviantart.com/art/How-to-Install-Custom-Themes-262833454 (view the bottom of the page)
  18. http://nanami-tan.info/#Icons
  19. http://nanami-tan.info/#IconTools
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  22. "Okay, I've read all this information but there's still stuff out there that I want to try."
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  25. Improving workflow:
  26.  
  27. 1: Auto Hot Key
  28. "Tiling" or spacing windows evenly, keystrokes, and window management.
  29. http://nanami-tan.info/#AHK
  30. http://nanami-tan.info/#Tiling
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  32. 2: Workspaces
  33. Having more than one "desktop" available to switch too.
  34. http://nanami-tan.info/#Workspaces
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  36. 3: Window Management
  37. Can also technically be just tiling with AHK. More advanced stuff is available.
  38. http://nanami-tan.info/#WMsShells
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  41. "How are people making stuff look so minimal?"
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  43.  
  44. 1: Registry editing
  45. You can toggle visible elements of explorer through the registry.
  46. http://nanami-tan.info/#RegEdit
  47.  
  48. 2: Taskbar Tweaking
  49. Editing the taskbar either with software or modifying their visual style.
  50. http://nanami-tan.info/#Taskbar
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  52. 3: Replacing their file browser
  53. You don't have to use explorer to browse your files.
  54. http://nanami-tan.info/#Explorer
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  56. 4: Auto Hot Key (again)
  57. Using scripts to manipulate window captions and frames.
  58. http://nanami-tan.info/#AHK
  59.  
  60. 5: Custom Visual Style
  61. Either they made it themselves, or used something like bbleanskin + 3DCC.
  62. True Transparency is also a possibility.
  63. http://nanami-tan.info/#ThemeBuilding
  64. http://nanami-tan.info/#HackTools
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  67. "Some people look like they are using linux on windows. How is this possible?"
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  69.  
  70. 1: Alternate Shells
  71. The most popular is Blackbox.
  72. http://nanami-tan.info/#BB4Win
  73. http://nanami-tan.info/#WMsShells
  74. http://www.sevenforums.com/customization/62411-windows-7-shell-replacements.html
  75.  
  76. 2: Cygwin
  77. Emulate a linux environment on Windows.
  78. http://nanami-tan.info/#Cygwin
  79.  
  80. 3: Rainmeter
  81. Smoke and mirrors.
  82. http://nanami-tan.info/#Rainmeter
  83.  
  84. 4: Custom Visual Style
  85. Either they made it themselves, or used something like bbleanskin + 3DCC.
  86. True Transparency is also a possibility.
  87. http://nanami-tan.info/#ThemeBuilding
  88. http://nanami-tan.info/#HackTools
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  91. "My internet browser still looks like shit though."
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  93.  
  94. 1: CSS
  95. "He can't even copy and paste shit or read tagged code, oh my god."
  96. Check your Firefox version for compatibility before complaining a CSS is nonfunctional.
  97. http://www.gbgl-hq.com/demoness/FF_CSS_Installation_Guide.png
  98. http://nanami-tan.info/#FFCSS
  99. http://nanami-tan.info/#FFAddons
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  102. "What about my music player? I see these really cool looking minimal players a lot."
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  105. 1: It's probably foobar
  106. 90% of skins are modified from ncmpcpp mod.
  107. http://nanami-tan.info/#Music
  108. http://scope10.deviantart.com/art/AIMP-3-5-ncmpcpp-327309040
  109. http://twnsnd.deviantart.com/art/foobar-ncmpcpp-mod-289083149
  110. http://pastebin.com/raw.php?i=QbGNnzsZ
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  113. "And my irc client?"
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  115.  
  116. 1: Just use Hexchat and gtk.
  117. You probably are too new to try something else.
  118. http://nanami-tan.info/#IRC
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  121. "None of this shit works, or I'm too afraid I'll fuck up my computer."
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  123.  
  124. 1: Make backups.
  125. Create a system restore point.
  126. Never overwrite a file without backing it up first either with system restore or manually.
  127. Never edit/resource hack a file (dll) in use.
  128. Backup your registry.
  129.  
  130. 2: Software Literacy
  131. Error Code: ID10T - Please review documentation on the software website and/or search forums.
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