how to change background color of files label

March 7, 2011 at 09:21:39
Specs: Windows XP

I want to change the Background of my desktop icons back to tranclucent
They were translucent but I clicked on "Active Desktop" or similar in error and they all change to a colour background - I have been round the Appeances option in Display and have been able to change the style and colour but cannot change back to translucent. I have also checked the opions in System - Advance - Preformance - Settings, for tranclucent background and applied b0t the colour remains
Any Ideas - help!!

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March 7, 2011 at 21:52:05
I know it's not a direct answer, but it's probably easier just to revert to a saved Desktop Theme.

Apologies if I don't respond to your reply immediately. I don't check this site daily, but you're welcome to PM me as a reminder.

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March 8, 2011 at 10:56:37
Thank you for that - sadly I did not save my desk top preferences - if I ever get it back to normal transparency I will do so.
I have also tried changing the "Shadow" box in the System - Advanced - Preformance list of options without success.
Maybe I have to try the non simple solution?

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March 8, 2011 at 11:43:14
Found this at Kellys Corner

Start/Settings/Control Panel/System/Advanced/Performance/Settings/Visual Effects/"Use drop shadows for icon labels on the Desktop". If this still doesn't do the trick, right-click the desktop, point to Arrange Icons By and make sure that Lock Web Items on Desktop is un-checked.

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March 8, 2011 at 12:45:12
Sorry guys! Thanks for your suggestions - none have worked.

I have tried both methods repeatedly. I had a new graphics card installed a few weeks ago. The new card has worked fine for some months with no change to label title transparency until I clicked in error on a box that said something about Active Desktop Icons.The Graphics card is NVIDIA - its control panel makes no reference to transparency of label titles.

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March 8, 2011 at 12:52:09
Colin, Right click your Desktop, choose Properties, under the Desktop tab click the Customize Desktop button, under the Web tab make sure that ALL boxes are unchecked, click OK/Apply/OK.


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March 8, 2011 at 14:20:16
No go Tufenuf - sorry unchecking the two boxes in Web does not change my labels to translucent transparent

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March 10, 2011 at 04:01:28
Thanks guys. Desktop label Transparency regained. For those that follow, here is what I did.
Tried the Control Panel Display and System options ticking or unticking the boxes as suggested. No transparency gained. Went through all the techie blogs including the Microsoft one. Realized that the problem was probably a downloaded HTML file lurking on my desktop or hidden in a folder on the desktop. Cleared them out - went to System - Advanced - Setting and ticked ALL the boxes. Applied and OKed and transparency appeared. Also tried third option of creating a new user with new desktop. This would clearly would work fine, but a bit of a pain.

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