Besides the 5 operational panels Aero is full of extra applications that integrate one another or with the desktop.
One of the most useful parts of Aero is the 'desktop audio player' which shows up by clicking on a button on the bottom border of the desktop. It allows playing of the most widespread audio file types, and can be hidden during play to free place in the desktop. Aero associates 2 dancing avatars to the desktop audio player: a female dancer and a Buddypoke male avatar (which is in reality the author's avatar on the Buddypoke community). Both these avatars are changeable, since clicking on the buddypoke you can open the configuration panel and chose the gif to be used as a dancing choreography, and double-clicking on the female dancer you an choose among a R'n'B, a Freestyle or a Goth girl. The female dancer is draggable around the desktop.
On the bottom side of the desktop, you also find a button that allows you to create image magnets, and a button for the video magnets, that is, put an image or Youtube video on the desktop and drag them where you like. This is both for fun and work, since you could place in the magnets your favorite photos but also images containing data that you want to keep at view when you work with other programs. You can also add sticky notes on the desktop, with full copy/paste capability.
On the right side of the desktop you have show/hide buttons that act on 2 distinct panels: the Calendar View and the Desktop Icon Creator, The latter lets you add draggable little buttons with label to the desktop and associate external applications to them,
On the bottom right border you have the time and the icon for an alarm clock, which allows you to place an alarm with customizable message and music (in mp3 format). Once the alarm is set, the icon on the desktop will change color.
The upper left part of Aero's Desktop has an on-screen weather panel which constantly retrieves the weather situation in your location (shown on desktop); on the central upper zone, you have Aero's main Menu from which you can open the individual functional panels but also switch the user. On the upper right side, you find the great Aero minimize / restore system. It is a feature that lacks in 90% (if not more) of the other VB.NET operating system emulations, and uses a set of buttons and icons to handle the programs. There is a button for every applications that must be minimized and restored. The icons are initially invisible and become visible depending on the application's onResize event.
Aero has a right-click contextual menu on the desktop, which works as a shortcut to the main and most commonly used applications so that you don't need to access them via the menus.
In the newest versions of Aero, a buttons for independent volume control has been added on the bottom edge, to handle volume increasing, decreasing and muting. The desktop can be changed to use either 5 high definition backgrounds or 9 graphic themes, 3 of which have a background cycling sound (that can be stopped and restarted from the contextual menu).
Beside all these, Aero makes a large use of variables and settings to 'remember' your customization and data. It uses configuration files to remember your desktop and theme, and keeps track of the logged-in user. Since each user has a configuration file of its own, each user can load a different theme on the environment.
Finally, starting from Aero 2014 you have a new feature, the chance to create a new root-free installation. Accessing this feature from the Environment settings, it allows you to empty the Rootdir variable so that you can zip the Aero folder and unzip it on whatever computer in any folder you want. At first run, the login form will ask you to identify the new root dir and will create all the references for the new environment.
Aero 2015 has introduced the 'Reset Aero' function that deletes all customizations and recover Aero to its original and base settings.
Aero 2018 is also fully USB compliant, allowing for recognition of USB devices immediately when they are plugged-in, and opening them in the Disk Explorer.