Ask the Readers: How Much Do You Customize Your Operating System?

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By Akemi Iwaya on December 1st, 2010

Regardless of which operating systems we use there are at least some changes made to personalize each to suit our tastes or needs. This week we would like to know how much you customize your operating system.


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Some of us are content with making minor changes to our operating systems such as changing wallpapers from time to time or switching between the default themes included with our systems. You can easily do other small modifications such as changing some or most of the icons, installing third-party themes, setting up automatic wallpaper downloader-changers, adding third party dock programs (i.e. Object Dock, Rocket Dock), or even a sidebar just to name a few examples.

Perhaps there is a certain combination of changes that you make to each of your systems every time you set up a fresh install. An example would be one or more third party themes, a specific dock program, and special icons that you absolutely love. Maybe you change things so that you have a clean, minimalist look to your system. The possibilities are endless when you think of all the unique changes and combinations thereof available these days.

Then there are people who love to customize every single facet possible on their operating systems…no part goes untouched. These individuals do some truly impressive work to change how their system looks and operates. Such an operating system can become a work of art with all the changes to wallpaper management, icons, themes, gadgets, menu modification, system statistics (i.e. Rainmeter), login screens, system sounds, and more. If you have visited many tech blogs then you have definitely seen some fine examples of these systems.

This week we would like to know how much you customize your operating systems. Do you go with just a few basic changes, hit a middle ground, or go all out once you start changing things? Are there any particular must-have apps that you use to customize your systems? Let us know in the comments!

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Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 12/1/10
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