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Old 09-20-2007, 10:11 AM
 
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Unhappy Highlighted desktop icons- How to de-highlight ?? Please help

I clicked on something while browsing and before I know it all my desktop icons seem to be highlighted. I cannot get the transparent background again.. Anyone knows how to correct this ? I tried right clicking on Mycomputer -Properties-Advanced-Settings and unchecking the drop shadows for icons box. Doesnt seem to do anything.. Please help !! I am using Windows XP .
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Old 09-20-2007, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Utah
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I also have Windows XP but I have my appearance set up as "Windows Classic Style" and not the default "XP" style. I've attached a JPG file showing my set ups under the "appearance" tab in Settings, Control panel, display. The background of my desktop icons is transparent.

Good luck figuring it out.
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Old 09-20-2007, 11:46 AM
 
Location: California
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Steps for making Icon Text Transparent.
1. Click on Start
1. Choose Control Panel
2. Click on System Icon
3. Choose the "Advanced" tab, click "Settings" under "Performance"
4. Under the "Visual Effects" tab I Chose (checked) Use Drop Shadows for Icon Labels

OR

1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
2. Click Performance and Maintenance, and then click System.
3. On the Advanced tab, click Settings under Performance.
4. Click to clear the Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop check box, click Apply, and then click OK two times.
5. Close Control Panel
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Old 09-21-2007, 12:24 PM
 
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Thanks eggalegga and usejeff, but both of your suggestions didnt work. I am still trying to figure it out
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Old 09-21-2007, 03:02 PM
 
Location: California
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While this doesn't actually fix the problem, it can make it invisible. Select a photo that isn't huge for your background photo. Don't stretch or tile it. Select a background color, which will appear behind the photo. Then just set the background color for the icons to match the color you chose. They will no longer appear highlighted.
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Old 10-16-2007, 10:56 PM
 
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Thanks, it worked for me, but I did not figure out where Performance and Maintenance icon in Control Panel is?
CV
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Old 12-30-2007, 02:17 PM
 
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1. Right click on desktop> properties
2. Click on 'desktop' tab on the top> click on 'customize desktop' button at the bottom
3. click on 'Web' tab on the top> uncheck the check box 'Lock desktop items' > click 'ok'


Hope it helps!
cheers!
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Old 03-07-2008, 01:09 PM
 
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Hi, did you ever figure out how to de-highlight the desktop icon text?? I just have been faced with the same problem, it happened out of the blue, so to speak! I've tried the various remedies to no avail. If you cracked the code, please tell me how it worked for you!
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Old 03-07-2008, 03:23 PM
 
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Annoyances.org - How do I make the background of desktop icon text transparent?

Make XP Desktop Icon Label Transparent

I Googled "xp desktop icons transparent text"
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Old 03-07-2008, 07:31 PM
 
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Too funny, I did this yesterday but on purpose so that my icons on the desktop would be locked;meaning, they don't move after I reboot.
Right click on your desktop, choose Arrange Icons By, then make sure there is NO check on Lock Web Items on Desktop.

Let me know if this helps!!!!!!!!!
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