8 best Windows 10 desktop customization software

Madalina Dinita
by Madalina Dinita
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  • Who doesn't love an organized and clean place to work in? And who doesn't enjoy an interactive live wallpaper that makes your computer come alive?
  • If you appreciate customizing your desktop as much as we do, you'll surely enjoy our selection of the best desktop customization software solutions.
  • Are you looking for desktop gadgets? Check out our dedicated section.
  • You can find out more about desktop enhancements on our website.
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Who doesn’t love an organized and clean place to work in? Everyone!

This stands true for our homes, our offices and even when we are building something out of hobby.

As a person who spends about 6-8 hours a day on his computer for work, I always keep my desktop and work related stuff on my computer clean and organized so that I have everything that I need within reach so that I can access whatever I need at the earliest.

I personally don’t use any third party Desktop Customization Software on my Windows 10 PC since for my needs the multiple desktops are enought.

But people who have a much complex use as compared to me might use some good customization software to make their daily work life easier.

In this post, I am going to list some of the best Desktop Customization Software for Windows 10 that you can download and try.


Windows 10 already has a taskbar where you can pin folders, apps and programs but it takes too much screen real estate.

RocketDock, on the other hand, provides a dock that you can place anywhere and you can pin shortcuts, apps, programs and even folders in a small sized dock.

You can also customize this dock by using different types of skins and icons that you can download from RocketDock’s website easily.

Okozo Live Wallpaper for Windows

okozo live wallpaper desktop customization software

Okozo.com is a website from where you can download a bunch of live interactive wallpapers that you can apply on your desktop to customize it and to make it more alive.

Who doesn’t like an interactive live wallpaper that makes our computers come alive?

You can choose from wallpapers that show time, that comes alive when you play music or just miscellaneous ones in which you can play with a virtual pet to shed off some stress.

Customize your desktop with the best gadgets for Windows 10!


desktop customization software rainmeter

Rainmeter is one of the most famous ways to customize a desktop.

You can go for a desktop that is totally minimalistic and to the point, or you can actually go all guns blazing and fill your desktop with some really cool looking gadgets easily using Rainmeter.


myfolders desktop customization software

Creating folders on Windows 10 is as easy as right-clicking the mouse and choosing to create a folder. But what if you want to have your useful folders in your reach all the time?

Instead of exploring through your folders in File Explorer, you can actually just use this program to right click and access your folder in just 2 or 3 clicks at most.

To access your set folders, all you need to do is right-click on your desktop, then hover your mouse on the MyFolders option and choose from a set of options that you want to perform.

You can directly copy something to a set folder, the same stands true with moving something.

Looking for the best virtual desktop software? Here are the best options.


desktop customization software launchy

Launchy is another utility that can be used to customize your desktop in order to access your important programs, folders and more with ease.

Using it is as easy as pressing ALT + SPACE on your keyboard which will trigger Launchy. You can type the name of any program, folder or app inside the search box which will display a result.

This program will definitely save your time.

Multiplicity Pro

multiplicity pro desktop customization software

Multiplicity Pro is a great utility that lets you control multiple PCs using one keyboard and mouse.

Let’s say you have to work on multiple computers at the same time, switching to them one by one would only eat your time but using this program, you can actually control two or more computers at the same time.

Not only that, but exchanging files between these PCs will be as easy as dragging and dropping in their Window.


desktop customization software tiles

This is another great desktop customization as well as a utility tool that can be used to increase the efficiency of the way we use our desktop.

You can drag and drop any folder or an app into the sidebar that this program shows in order to organize it in a proper way.

You can swipe between different pages and choose exactly how this program works.

Your desktop will come to life with these dynamic wallpapers for Windows 10!


fences pro desktop customization software

Fences is a great app to use if you want to group the apps and folders on your PC in certain groups for easier access.

As you can see in the image above, you can actually have different groups on your desktops with different icons. This might be useful for people who have to deal with a lot of apps and programs on a single PC.

Start Menu on Windows is great but grouping such things in the start menu is hard and hene Fences can fix that.

So, this was a list of apps and programs that can be used by anyone as a desktop customization software. 

Some of these software are free of costly while some come at a premium price so choose which one you want and try it!

FAQ: learn more about desktop customization software

  • How do I customize my desktop on Windows 10?

Windows 10 already has a bunch of built-in desktop customization tools, but they are somewhat limited, as you can only change the wallpaper, screensaver, and toolbar color. If you want more, we recommend specialized software such as RocketDock.

  • How can I make my desktop more attractive?

You can start by organizing and even decluttering your shortcut icons, change your desktop background, choose another sound scheme, modify your default mouse cursor, and even pick a different icon design.

  • Can I use gadgets on Windows 10?

Sure, if you’re used to having gadgets straight on your desktop/workspace, you can add them by using dedicated tools. Here’s a collection of the best desktop gadgets you can use on Windows 10.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2016 and has been since revamped and updated in May 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

  • How about a utility to make MSWin10 not look so *fugly*? The UI has *no* texture to it, no gradients, and the icons look like they were drawn by a 2-year-old with a dull crayon. Material Design and Metro are an abomination, and MSWin from 8.x and up will NEVER look right. As horrid as the XP and MSWin7 UIs were, they could at least be made somewhat less offensive to the eyes. That is NOT the case with MSWin8 & 10. Unless the UI can be completely reworked to have some minimal amount of character to them, there is no hope for MSWin.

    • Well, you can use WindowBlinds. As far as I know, it does have full Windows 10 support and let you customize the UI design to the skin of your liking.

        • ill be honest, if not even worse looking…
          will you please let me know if you did find something? till then I suppose we gotta live with the color changing hehe

        • If you don’t find Windows 10 aesthetically pleasing and WindowBlinds doesn’t help, then you might have to try a different OS, like Ubuntu or elementary OS.
          (i quite like elementary OS myself)