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How To Pin Rainmeter Skins To The Top

Rainmeter skins have two purposes; making your desktop look nice, and adding useful information to your screen. Some skins only add little widgets while others add entire panels. By default some skins tend to remain on top of your desktop obstructing any app that you have open. If you have a skin that doesn’t automatically pin itself to the top of your desktop, it might surprise you to know that you can pin Rainmeter skins on the top regardless of what type they are.

Rainmeter skins can be pinned to the top via the skin itself, or you can edit the Rainmeter configuration file. Both do the same thing and it’s up to you to decide how you want to pin a skin to the top.

Pin Rainmeter Skin To Top

If you have the Rainmeter skin enabled, you can pin it to the top from your desktop. The option is buried a bit but it’s there.

Right-click the skin and go to Settings>Position>Stay topmost.

This ought to do the trick. The skin will now be superimposed over any and all apps you have open. It’s a good idea to reduce the transparency of the skin. You can manage the transparency for all skins. It’s not a skin-specific feature. Additionally, enable click-through for the skin if you want to be able to interact with apps and items behind the skin. Again, not a skin specific feature.

If you want to edit the Rainmeter.ini file to pin a skin to the top, you can. Open the Rainmeter.ini file. It should be in the following location;

C:\Program Files\Rainmeter

The Rainmeter.ini file will list the properties of every single skin that you’ve added to Rainmeter. It doesn’t matter if the skin has been ‘loaded’ or not. Find the skin that you want to pin on top, and change the value for ‘AlwaysOnTop’ to 1. Save the change to the file and exit Rainmeter and run it again.

It goes without saying that this isn’t the easiest way to edit a skin however, if you have a problematic skin that refuses to stay on top, you might want to look at the Rainmeter.ini file and see if you can force it to stick to the top.

The location of the Rainmeter.ini file may differ if you installed the portable version. If you’re having trouble finding the file, open the Rainmeter Manager and click the Edit Settings button at the bottom of the Skins tab. This will open the Rainmeter.ini file in notepad.

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