Introduction: Desktop Cube (Windows Only)

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Have you ever wanted to make your desktop have a little something special? Have more than one desktop? Or just show off your awesomeful desktop to your friends. Well, you're in luck!

This instructable will make you have a desktop cube, it is something like Linux's multi-desktop program.

Your specs should look a little something like this. Yes they are a little demanding, but you could live with 1 Ghz processor.

System requirements :

  • Microsoft Windows XP" or Windows Vista"
  • 1.4 Ghz processor
  • 512 MB of RAM (1 GB recommended)
  • DirectX 9.0c
  • 3D accelerated video adapter with at least 64MB of video memory

Step 1: Getting Yod'm 3D

First of all, Yod'm 3D isn't free anymore. If you want to buy the program then go ahead. If you don't want to buy the program, i have uploaded a slightly older version as a zip file. The file is 9.2 MB so it will take a while for it to download. Here it is...

1. download the file
2. extract to somewhere you can find it - (rightclick -> extract)

Step 2: Play Around With It!

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You will notice a new icon in the icon tray, usually in the bottom right corner. Right click that and hit options. Then it's really up to you. Do what you want to Yod'm 3D.

Step 3: Screen Shots

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Here are some screen shots that i have taken of the cube.

Don't forget to rate and comment this insructable!!!


gogoguy (author)2015-01-18

I love this instructable!

mrcaderly (author)2014-10-31

Very cool! Thanks!

432232hyky (author)2014-09-26

if you have an error with the hot key for me i just changed it to only shift and alt but it works great im on win 7 it would be better if you could go up or down not just left or right

MultiPhoton (author)2014-04-13

Such technology

convert minds into intelligent

and the creation of thoughts

become outside of the box

shuf (author)2013-07-22

The errors you are getting are caused by the executable file looking at the wrong file paths for it's assets. The creator of this tutorial zipped HIS directory so the paths to the background files and wallpaper reflect the directory structure on his machine. To fix this, right-click "Yodm3D.ini" and open it with notepad. Find the following lines:

WallpaperDesktop1=C:\Users\aaron\Desktop\Yod'm 3D\desktopwallpaper1.bmp
WallpaperDesktop2=C:\Users\aaron\Desktop\Yod'm 3D\desktopwallpaper2.bmp
WallpaperDesktop3=C:\Users\aaron\Desktop\Yod'm 3D\desktopwallpaper3.bmp
Background=C:\Users\aaron\Desktop\Yod'm 3D\widebackground.jpg

Note: These reflect the directory structure on my machine, you will need to change it to your own. To do this, simply change each line to the full path of where you extracted the .zip file to. So if you unzipped it to the desktop, your path to the image files would be something like "C:\users\SomeUser\Desktop\Yod'm 3d".

Hope this helps.

ddlax22 (author)2010-03-16

 it says every time i try to launch it it says registerhotkey failed go to option and change do i do this

vestibol (author)ddlax222011-07-16

Me too ...

ebodenberg (author)vestibol2012-11-11

If you're running it on windows 7, right click the exe and run as administrator.

berthold (author)2012-04-11

i don't get it alll

Krayzi99 (author)2011-10-09

looks like you have a 5.00 now.... NICE

darman12 (author)2010-10-16

I don't understand how to get "pictures" on other faces of the cube. All I see is whatever is on the desktop and whatever windows are open on it!
Please help!!!!

darman12 (author)darman122010-10-16

I figured it out!!This is the coolest freaking thing I've ever done on a computer! I'm laughing it's so AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

parkmike01 (author)darman122011-02-06

Could you please tell me how you did it?

Krayzi99 (author)parkmike012011-10-09

release your button commands on a blank side ant it dreates another desktop. THIS IS FREAKING THE COOLEST FREAKING THING IVE EVER FREACKING SEEN IN MY FREAKING LIFE

karthvks (author)2011-10-06

double click Yodm3D.ini and then try to install by double clicking Yodm3D.exe

kpolzounov (author)2011-08-11

You know the best way to have (and one that is actually good) is to use linux :)

Bongmaster (author)2009-04-25

hows this compared to compis fusion on a linux machine?

mrmoneybagss (author)Bongmaster2009-04-26

well first of all, if what you're talking about is what i think it is; then ... *they both are desktop cube programs *they both look nice

hintss (author)mrmoneybagss2010-08-30

compiz is a compositing manager for linux, it adds lots of 3D effects, like making jiggly windows, making the windows 3d on top of the cube, and folding windows into a paper airplane when you close them. and I can do all but the last one on my netbook. *spins cube around while reading conky OSD*

ARVash (author)Bongmaster2009-04-26

they both do the cube, but trust me, compiz fusion does it tons better. On the upside though, it's nice to have 3d at all on windows ;

derayag (author)2010-04-25

Can someon tell me how to download it please..... :X

harry599 (author)2010-01-13

i downloaded this product and it is all in french, i go to the last tab [which i am guessing is the language tab] and on the dropdown menu it only comes up with french and not english, do you know how to fix it, is so please email me on

mrmoneybagss (author)harry5992010-03-26

When you downloaded the .zip file. Did you extract the whole file? or did you just try to run the program without extracting first?

Not extracting the file could be the answer.

shijojo (author)2010-02-05

awesome !!

Psychic Master (author)2009-11-07

THIS IS AAAAAMMMMMAAAAAZZZZZIIIIINNNNNGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

dog end (author)2009-08-16

this instructables is amazing my desktop is beta now so yeah thanks urm i dont no how to rate it so ill give it 60 out of 10.

mrmoneybagss (author)dog end2009-08-18


wjaen2 (author)2009-08-15

this is awesome thankyou

mrmoneybagss (author)wjaen22009-08-15


=P please.

maxpower49 (author)2009-08-07

how do you remove the RUN prompt when ever you open the yod'm 3D and how to you get desktops on top and bottom of the cube

mrmoneybagss (author)maxpower492009-08-10

1. is the run prompt thing the thing that turns yodm on right when you turn on windows? 2. that is the version you have to pay for. it seems to make my computer extremely slow. so i wouldn't recommend it

maxpower49 (author)mrmoneybagss2009-08-11

no every time i open it it asks if i want to run it

mrmoneybagss (author)maxpower492009-08-14

two options: 1: when it asks you, press yes or no. 2: under preferences there should be an option to turn it off.

tanmanknex (author)2009-05-26

is it possible to get different icons on each desktop?

mrmoneybagss (author)tanmanknex2009-05-28

unfortunately no that option is only for the people who bought it sorry

tanmanknex (author)mrmoneybagss2009-05-28

oh well... still a great program and 'ible.

mattdavis10 (author)2009-05-03

Sick awesome!!!I love it!! Matt

Cigani (author)2009-05-01

Thx 4 the tip... I love the look and how my friends want it and i wont tell them (FOR NOW). Ill make them beg a lil more...Thx Again!!!

ithinkibrokeit (author)2009-04-30

this is a nice piece of software, but i think that buying more software to support an already ridiculously expensive piece of software is pointless. I know many people are forced to use windows, but since switching to ubuntu I have never even thought about going back. Besides... Compiz Fusion does this better. --iSparkii

ry25920 (author)2009-04-27

Almost zero lag... Nice. 4.5 stars

mrmoneybagss (author)ry259202009-04-28

*happy face*

abadfart (author)2009-04-27

We use to use this so that we could hide what we were doing at school

mrmath (author)2009-04-25

You shouldn't be using Instructables as a pirate website.

karossii (author)mrmath2009-04-25

It isn't piracy if the software is freely available. If an older version of a title was offered for free, it is not piracy to distribute it (the older version) for free after a new version is released with a price tag. (Unless of course the original free version had a license preventing redistribution, but I have never personally seen that with freeware'.')

Besides which, it is still freely available on the web (perhaps the author did not do enough research) -

mrmath (author)karossii2009-04-25

I got the impression that this is the current, for pay, version of the software, and thus made my comment. If I'm wrong, I'm sorry.

mrmoneybagss (author)mrmath2009-04-26

karossii is right the one that i provided was free at the time. i just had to find it on the internet. it is also a few versions behind the new one the one that you have to pay for.

jimmyb0nz (author)2009-04-25

WOW! Awesome thanx!

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