How do you make Desktop Icons Transparent???

June 13, 2009 at 14:53:21
Specs: Windows XP
June 13, 2009

My Desktop Icons Used to be Transparent. I had an AT&T Technician Remotely Take Control of My Computer Today to fix an Internet Access Problem. When she was done I noticed that my Icons where the writing is, were now all Red. I prefer having them be Transparent, but I tried to change the color to Transparent and I do not know how to do it, or how I originally did it a long time ago. The Transparent color does not intefere with my Desktop photo as much. I tried Right Clicking on the Desktop and then selecting Properties. Then I select Desktop and go to the bottom right to select a color. I tried messing with the Hue and Saturation and all that, but it always seems to turn the color to Black. I would appreciate it if someone would tell me what the trick was to turn them to Transparent. I have the Windows XP Home Edition.

Best Regards;

Alan Szymanski
Akron, Ohio - USA

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June 13, 2009 at 15:02:54
Never post your email in a signature or post on the internet. It will be harvested and placed in the worldwide spam list. You should edit your post and remove it.

Try this:

Open System Properties in Control Panel, choose the Advanced tab, and click Settings in the Performance section. Turn on the Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop option, and click Ok.

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June 13, 2009 at 15:09:47
Alan, Follow the instructions at the link below.


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June 13, 2009 at 15:45:08
June 13, 2009

Hey Guys:

I followed some advice on an old post.

I right clicked on my desktop photo. The Display Properties box opened up. I clicked on the Desktop Tab. Then I clicked on the Customize Desktop Button. Then I clicked on the Web Tab. Then I saw there was only one item listed in the center box of that window. The title in that bax even had the word Transparent in it. I un-clicked that box. I clicked Apply and OK. Nothing Happened. I went back in and un-clicked Lock Desktop Items. I clicked Apply and OK and my Desktop Icon boxes became Transparent. I went back in and tried re-clicking the Lock Desk Top Items, and the Transparent boxes became a solid color again. So both of these items need to be un-clicked.

So anyhow, I do have my Transparent boxes again. I hope I don't need to have that Lock feature on for my Desktop for some other reason???

Thanks for your advice and help. I first tried clicking on My Computer to make sure that "Use Drop Shadows for Icon Labels on the Desktop" was check, and it already was checked.

Alan Szymanski
Akron, Ohio

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