A desktop for the serious, no frills academic who needs lots of space to work and tools for research easily at hand.

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Windows 8 Toolbars Link to folders with shortcuts to programs grouped by category (Games, Office, etc.)

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Rainmeter Suite for skins

Enigma skin for Media Player, Search bars, Weather, Calendar, and System

LuaTimer skin, with some modifications, for Pomodoros

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Do I Need a Jacket skin

Desktop Coral to keep toolbars always visible

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Great for school. Minimized real estate so you can read and write with maximal viewing. Search bars can be customized to commonly-used research databases, like your institution's library OPAC. Timer helps keep on task.