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How To Create Rainmeter Skins

The skins in rainmeter are not as tough as some people might take them to be. The one thing it requires is for you to have some patients towards the textpad editor and well typing everything out. My personal Favourite skin is the “BarBlack” skin (the aurthor’s name .. i am sure ill look it up and update later). I will provide you step by step guides from where to place files and what to type and so on and so forth :

Things you need:
textpad (windows)
icons to be used – varying in sizes and they would need to be in .png format (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portable_Network_Graphics)

1 > Create a Folder on the desktop and name it BarBlack (for puposes of this example)
2 > Open up text pad and save a black .txt file to the folder created on the desktop
3 > Create another folder and name it “Icons” – place the icons with in this folder and give it the appropriate names here is a link to show you the folder with the icons in them.

4 > Open up the blank .txt which should be named “newtextdocument.txt”
5 > here is what should be on the inside of the text pad .. copying and pasting works

[Rainmeter]
BackgroundMode=1
Author=[email protected]
AppVersion=1.0

[Variables]

;*********MODIFY THE FOLLOWING LINE*********
Url=https://UserNameHere:[email protected]/gmail/feed/atom
;*******************************************

RegExp=“(?siU)<fullcount>(.*)</fullcount>”
Codepage=0
DownloadLogo=1
FontName=Verdana
FontSize=4
White=48, 34, 23

Icon1Exe=“C:\Games\Call of Duty- Modern Warfare 3\mw3.exe”
Icon1Img=“icons\Game.png”
Icon2Exe=“C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmplayer.exe”
Icon2Img=“icons\Music.png”
Icon3Img=“icons\reload.png”
Icon4Img=“icons\off.png”
Icon5Img=“icons\minus.png”
Icon6Img=“icons\Lock.png”
Icon7Exe=“C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe”
Icon7Img=“icons\Browser.png”
Icon8Exe=“C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe”
Icon8Img=“icons\vlc.png”

;———————————————————————————————————-
ToggleWheel="[!ToggleMeter MainWheel] [!ToggleMeter MeterMailButton] [!ToggleMeter MeterTitle] [!ToggleMeter MainText] [!ToggleMeter Icon1] [!ToggleMeter Icon2] [!ToggleMeter Icon4] [!ToggleMeter Icon5] [!ToggleMeter Icon6] [!ToggleMeter Icon7] [!ToggleMeter PowerButton] [!ToggleMeter Icon8] "
;———————————————————————————————————-
ToggleWheel2=“[!ToggleMeter ButtonShutDown] [!ToggleMeter ButtonRestart][!ToggleMeter ButtonSleep][!ToggleMeter ButtonLogOff]”
;———————————————————————————————————-

[MainButton]
Meter=Button
X=200
Y=90
ButtonImage=Icons\Home.png
ButtonCommand=#ToggleWheel#
;———————————————————————————————————-

[ButtonShutDown]
Meter=Button
Hidden=1
ButtonImage=#Icon4Img#
X=280
Y=133
LeftMouseDownAction=%systemroot%\system32\shutdown.exe -s -t 00

[ButtonRestart]
Meter=Button
Hidden=1
ButtonImage=#Icon3Img#
X=280
Y=65
LeftMouseDownAction=%systemroot%\system32\shutdown.exe -r -t 00

[ButtonSleep]
Meter=Button
Hidden=1
ButtonImage=#Icon5Img#
X=280
Y=35
LeftMouseDownAction=%windir%\System32\rundll32.exe powrprof.dll,SetSuspendState

[ButtonLogOff]
Meter=Button
Hidden=1
ButtonImage=#Icon6Img#
X=280
Y=5
LeftMouseDownAction=%systemroot%\system32\shutdown.exe l
;
———————————————————————————————————

[PowerButton]
Meter=Button
Hidden=1
X=280
Y=100
ButtonImage=Icons\Light.png
ButtonCommand=#ToggleWheel2#

[Icon1]
Meter=BUTTON
Hidden=1
x=340
y=90
ButtonImage=#Icon1Img#
ButtonCommand=[“#Icon1Exe#”]

[Icon2]
Meter=Button
Hidden=1
x=400
y=84
ButtonImage=#Icon2Img#
ButtonCommand=[“#Icon2Exe#”]

[Icon7]
Meter=Button
Hidden=1
x=460
y=84
ButtonImage=#Icon7Img#
ButtonCommand=[“#Icon7Exe#”]

[Icon8]
Meter=Button
Hidden=1
x=520
y=89
ButtonImage=#Icon8Img#
ButtonCommand=[“#Icon8Exe#”]

;Measures
[MeasureRSSNews]
Measure=Plugin
Plugin=WebParser
Url=#Url#
RegExp=#RegExp#
Codepage=#Codepage#
Download=#DownloadLogo#
UpdateRate=120
StringIndex=4
FinishAction=[!Redraw]
;Debug=1

[MeasureTitle]
Measure=Plugin
Plugin=WebParser
Url=[MeasureRSSNews]
StringIndex=1
UpdateRate=140
IfBelowValue=1

;Meters
[MeterMailButton]
Meter=Button
Hidden=1
X=580
Y=90
W=48
H=35
ButtonImage=Icons\mail_icon.png
LeftMouseDownAction=[“http://mail.google.com/mail/”]

[MeterTitle]
Meter=STRING
MeasureName=MeasureTitle
Hidden=1
X=623
Y=90
W=150
H=20
FontColor=#White#
StringStyle=BOLD
FontSize=8
FontFace=#FontName#
AntiAlias=1
ClipString=1
LeftMouseDownAction=[“http://mail.google.com/mail/”]

.. save the text pad and name it “BarBlack.ini” you will get a notification for changing of format.. hit accept and you are done :) just drop the entire folder into the rainmeter skins folder in your Documents section.

If you have rainmeter already running, do close it and restart it so that it picks up the new skin..

I will post up codes of other skins so that people have an idea of what to add and such :)