I haven’t had a cluttered desktop in quite a while. It truly does improve productivity, IMO.
Anywho, I use a little program called Rainmeter. My RAM doesn’t take a huge hit from it, and it gives your desktop personality. I also use a dock to launch my programs, called RocketDock. It is basically a copy of the Mac dock for Windows. There’s all kinds of themes you can download for both of these. I get mine from deviantart.com.
Sorry to go off topic there, but it’s a great thing to have on your computer. Recommended…by me!
So here’s my desktop!
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