Jonathan Sumner Evans
Sumner Evans
Software Engineer at Beeper

Use Custom Themes on the Free Version of ObjectBar

Posted on in Technology • 199 words • 1 minute read
Tags: Custom Themes, ObjectBar, ObjectBar Free

One of the worst things about ObjectBar Free is that you can’t use custom themes. You are limited to the themes that ship with the free version. When you try to use the theme selector to select a different theme (such as one that you’ve installed), ObjectBar tells you that you have to buy the full version of the program to use the theme. Well, I’m here to tell you that that is not the case. You can use any theme that you want.

To use your own theme, follow these steps:

  1. Get the theme you want.
  2. Copy the files to the root of ObjectBar’s program files directory. It should be something like C:\Program Files\Stardock\Object Desktop\Objectbar (for 32-bit) and C:\Program Files (x86)\Stardock\Object Desktop\ObjectBar (for 64-bit)
  3. Run ObjectBar (if it isn’t running already). Restart ObjectBar if it is running.
  4. Right click on anything except for an item on the bar and select “Theme Editor…”.
  5. Select the “Skin” tab.
  6. Click on “Change Skin…”.
  7. Select “Use a skin from another theme:”.
  8. Select the theme from the “Theme” dropdown, and select the skin from the “Skin” dropdown
  9. Enjoy knowing that you just got in to ObjectDock’s theme manager through the back door. :)