I hope you already know about Rainmeter and I guess thats why you are here to know how to run Rainmeter for very first time. If you don’t know about Rainmeter then read this:
Once you’ve downloaded and installed/extracted it. The first thing you’ll do is run it. To run it look for the installation location (Program Files> Rainmeter) or if you have downloaded the zipped version and extracted it some where look for the Rainmeter logo as in the image below:
Double click to open it. You’ll feel no change in your Windows, but look at the notification area, you’ll notice a raindrop icon.
Press Windows key + D to bring up the desktop view. You’ll see following screen in the desktop.
This is your very own first Rainmeter skin.
Let me show you how you can customize it more. To edit it right click on the Horizontal bar.
The default theme is Gnometer, you’ll have Arcs, Gnometer and Enigma as pre-installed themes. You can go to Configs option to customize add or remove the gadget.
For example let me add thick Vertical bar for extra more widgets.
To do this, Right click on the the horizontal bar > Configs > Gnometer > Bars > 2nd Bar > Vertical or Horizontal.
A new vertical bar will be added at the left corner of your desktop.
You can drag any items and place it any where or over the horizontal or vertical bar.
Similarly, you can add other objects using same method. Also you can add other widget from different screen.
For example, to add a analogue clock from Enigma theme do the following:
Right click on the Rainmeter widget on desktop > Configs> Enigma> Sidebar > Clock > Big-Clock.ini
You’ll instantly have an analogue clock in your desktop.
Similarly you can add other widgets as well.