5 Unique and Cool Android Launchers to Customize your Smartphone

We have short listed some cool and unique android launchers that can replace your home screen experience.

Customizable android launchers are playing an important role in making android preferred among competition. There are many android launchers available on the Google Play to customize the graphics interface of your home screen. We have short listed some cool and unique android launchers that can replace your home screen experience:

Stella launcher by Jolla

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This heavyweight resource hog launcher is definitely not for entry level androids, sizing more than 50 MB, Stella Launcher is made by jolla -company behind the Sailfish OS. This launcher includes beautifully styled home screen and swiping based operations. The launcher feels a lot like the Sailfish OS , the interface is snappy and beautiful.
Although there are very few customization options in settings.

Download it on Google Play (Free)

Buzz launcher

Buzz launcher is a unique theme based launcher. The possibilities of customizability are almost unlimited becaues there are thousands of cool themes available for it. The growing collection of themes makes it really cool.
The application drawer is simplified and many gestures can be used.

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Download it on Google Play (Free)

Lucid launcher

Lucid launcher is not about dividing interface into pages, instead Lucid launcher includes 3 workspaces to the user. The first one is the conventional app drawer , the second is Widget page and last but not the least the third space is a web browser. It  makes searching very handy task – you only need to swipe to open a web site.

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Lucid launcher is available in both free and paid version in Google Play. Be sure to try the free version before buying the paid one for your convenience.

Download it on Google Play (Free)

 Chameleon launcher

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Being focused on Bigger screen devises such as Tablets and Phablets, It really is a kind of launcher that you can either love it or hate it , The interface is divided into grids and Widgets play a very important part. The launcher changes the pages according to your place. Such as in your workplace you will see your mails in the home screen and when in home you will see the Facebook and twitter alike widgets. Although it is not free and you will have to shell some cash for it.

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 Yahoo aviate

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Yahoo’s aviate is one of the most organized launcher in Google Play store, It doesn’t have 10000 themes but itreally looks coo and well managed. The sidebar changes accordingly to your time and location after you configure it properly. Such as it shows news in the morning and sows you navigation when you are going to your worksite. Five spaces are available named as Morning, Moving, Listening, Work and Transit. Aviate is light on resources and really easy to use.

Download it on Google Play (Free)

Do you know any other laucher that is cooler than the default one? Share it with us in the comments below…

How to Enable Colored Title Bars in Windows 10

If you want, you can enable coloured title bars in Windows 10.The core functionality of Coloured title bars is still present in Windows 10.

Title Bars have gone all white with Windows 10, Microsoft removed the glassy title bars in Windows 8 and in the latest installment, the colours are also cut-out to be just white.

If you want, you can enable coloured title bars in Windows 10 (for now – at least) It won’t help you with modern apps as they will still have White Title bars. For modern apps you can (at least ) enable Dark Theme by following this guide.

The core functionality of Coloured title bars is still present in Windows 10. To get that back, we need to create a new theme by coping an old one and than we need to Apply it.

Get Colored Title Bars in Windows 10

Start of By opening the File Explorer and Going to the following path:

C:\Windows\Resources\Themes

Please remember to replace C: with the Windows Installation drive in your computer.

You will see something like this. On this window, copy the Aero folder and a file named “Aero.theme” and paste somewhere in your computer where you can find it easily. When asked, click on Skip in access denied Window.

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All the left work is just to rename a bunch of files and we will be good to go.

Now in here rename the “aero” folder to ” newtheme” or something that you can remember. Then open the folder and rename “aero.msstyles” to “newtheme.msstyles”.

The work is halfway done.

Now open the en-US folder, if you have different language enabled you will find it in different language- in this case open that folder. Rename “aero.msstyles.mui” to “newtheme.msstyles.mui”.

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Now go and rename the “aero.theme” file which you copied with Aero Folder to “newtheme.theme”

Next, open the newly renamed “newtheme.theme” file in a text editor such as Notepad or Notepad++ and press CTRL+H and paste the following text in a the text box labelled Find What:

Path=%ResourceDir%\Themes\Aero\Aero.msstyles

In the Replace with box paste the following text:

Path=%ResourceDir%\Themes\Aero\newtheme.msstyles

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Click on File> Save and then close Notepad.

Now please copy the “newtheme” folder and “newtheme.theme” file and paste it to the following path:

C:\Windows\Resources\Themes

Enjoy the colors

To activate the newly created theme, double click on “newtheme.theme” file. You wont need to restart and you will see the colored title bars immediately.

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As a former Windows 7 user, I really miss the glassy Windows Aero. It is kind of a shame that Microsoft removed it and instead of giving user a choice they slapped a too white UX all over, still hope this guide helps you with Windows 10 customization.

RELATED: ENABLE THE HIDDEN DARK THEME IN WINDOWS 10

How to Change The Theme of Websites Using Stylish

Stylish is a collection of user created themes for websites. The theme library covers hundreds of websites and for big names in the internet.

Internet is a huge place and now we can’t imagine our lives without some websites. The problem with internet is that almost all websites are not that customizable when it comes to the look and UX.

Take Facebook for example: it is all blue there and Facebook doesn’t even have an option to change its colour scheme. Same goes to home page of Google, Twitter and more. Years after years, some websites don’t change their UI and UX and it gets boring.

Though it is not so hard to change look and feel of the websites. It just takes installing an browser extension and hitting your mouse click sometimes, and in most of the cases it works pretty well.

Stylish is a collection of user created themes for websites. The theme library covers hundreds of websites and for big names in the internet, lots of themes are available to use. User styles can be applied after installing a free Extension that takes just seconds.

Available themes are free to use and most of them are based on creative common licence.

Extensions are available for all major web browser including  Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox , and even Maxthon. However if you are Microsoft Edge user you are out of luck because edge does not support extensions for now.

Grabbing and Installing Stylish Extension

You can install stylish for Chrome here and for Firefox here.

After installing the extension, visit the website that you want to customize and click on Stylish Button on the browser toolbar.

From the menu, click on Find more styles for this site.

You will be redirected to a new site which will contain all the themes available for the website. You can pick any of these and then click on Install for Stylish.

The other way to install these user styles is to go directly to userstyles website and install the themes from here.

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Don’t Settle: How To Change Mouse Pointer in Windows

You can customize the mouse settings, increase or decrease the speed, enable or disable shadow and if you are board with it – you can change it entirely.

We have been seeing Start Button and Mouse Pointer for many years ( Apologies to Start Button from Windows 8) The latter on is the one pointy thing that we use to navigate around our computer.

Customizing the mouse pointer is pretty simple.

You can change the settings, increase or decrease the speed, enable or disable shadow and if you are board with it – you can change it entirely. In most cases, Ubuntu and other Linux distributions do not allow it without installing other tweaking apps or messing around with system files.

Windows is really good at this front. You can follow this guide to change and customize Mouse pointer even for Windows XP.

Tweaking The Mouse Settings

Starting from Windows 8, you have two ways to tweak mouse settings. The first one is the new settings app and the other one is the good-ol Control Panel.

Options for customizing mouse options in settings apps are quite limited so we will use Control Panel here.

Part 1: Customizing the behaviour of mouse

First launch the Control Panel  Then click on Hardware and Sound  then select Mouse

You will see a dialog box something like this:

Change Mouse Pointer in Windows
Mouse Properties

It may look a bit different according to your device drivers and mouse software, but most of the stuff here is same.

Using these tabs you can customize mouse buttons, pointers, pointer speed and so on.

Part 2: Customizing the appearance of Mouse Pointer

You can select among a handful of pre-installed mouse cursors. To do that go to the Pointers Tab and under the Scheme section select any cursor set from the drop down menu.

You can also change an individual pointer by clicking on the pointer type and then by clicking Browse and locating the mouse pointer.

You can also install other cooler looking mouse pointers from the internet. Mouse pointers have .cur extension and animated mouse pointers have .ani extensions at the end of their name.

Finding Custom Cursors

You can find tons of websites on the internet related to mouse cursors. Open Cursor Library, DeviantArt and Customize.org are some of the best places to find mouse cursors.

I have listed 5 interesting mouse cursor themes, all are free to download and use:

Nano 

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Eclair

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E T 1 Cursors

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Tronnix_Cursors

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Glass Cursors

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Installing the Cursors:

In most cases, the downloaded files also have a .inf file names install.inf or setup.inf

If there is such file, right click on it and hit Install

later Open the Mouse Properties dialog box as told in previous section and change the mouse scheme.

If there is no such file, copy all the pointer files to the following folder:

C:\Windows\Cursors

Please replace C: if you have installed Windows on any other drive.

later you will have to change all the files by clicking on browse and seleacting the files on the Mouse Properties dialog box (I know, It sucks)

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