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Desktop icons text background transparent
By  Super Admin  | Published  02/23/2005 | User Interface Page 3 | Rating:
Desktop icons text background transparent
Control Panel / System / Advanced / Performance Tab / Settings Button and put a checkmark in: Use Drop Shadows for Icon Labels on the Desktop
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  • Comment #1 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Wow, this is not really amazing knowledge, but Microsoft REALLY hides this. VERY nice, sir. You deserve this 5.
     
  • Comment #2 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Did exactly what I wanted it to do!
     
  • Comment #3 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thank you! Something this simple been driving me crazy.
     
  • Comment #4 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I'm running Win2003 Server STD Edition and wanted to have the desktop icons appear the same way as on my WinXP machine. This is what I was looking for. Thanks
     
  • Comment #5 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    That worked perfect, thanks so much!
     
  • Comment #6 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    weird, but this isn't the solution for me... I still got a solid color background for my desktop icons :S Might there be another trick to make them transparent? tnx
     
  • Comment #7 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    like the dude above, i still have a solid color background on one of my xp computers, but not on the other. i would love to know of another xp option with solid icon background. i've also seen, and tried this before, thus the reason you got a 2, but useful for anyone who hasn't seen it before.
     
  • Comment #8 (Posted by Dan)
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    I was trying to fix the problem with a user that has wallpaper specified by active directory. It seems that the text background won't go transparent if it is a group policy specified background. Even if this setting is checked. Any ideas anyone?
     
  • Comment #9 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This makes my desktop look better now. Thank you
     
  • Comment #10 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I did turn my icons transparent once but i forgot how. I guess i must have benn lucky the first time. It was very helpful. Thank you.
     
  • Comment #11 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    doesnt work for me :(
     
  • Comment #12 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    also check Display Properties -> Desktop -> Customize Desktop -> Web Make sure the "Lock desktop items" is unchecked
     
  • Comment #13 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I gave you the benefit of the doubt with a '3'. I am running WinXP Home and this does not work for me.
     
  • Comment #14 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    The transparency loss I have is due to spyware and none of the conventional methods that I've seen fix it, including this one. :(
     
  • Comment #15 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it works
     
  • Comment #16 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    that lock desktop items thing as well as the above did the trick
     
  • Comment #17 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    the box was already checked, everything was for that matter, but the icons aren't transparant they used to be and then i accidently changed the color. help please
     
  • Comment #18 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Worked after I checked Display Properties -> Desktop -> Customize Desktop -> Web Make sure the "Lock desktop items" was unchecked You should add this in!!!
     
  • Comment #19 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Got rid of an annoyance that's been bothering me for ages! Got rid of all the blue chunks around my desktop. Don't know why there isn't an option in Display Properties.
     
  • Comment #20 (Posted by CyberTech492)
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    I am using Win XP Home Ed. and my checkbox is already checked and my backgrounds are still black...HELP ME SOMEONE!!! I'm tired of this annoyance!!
     
  • Comment #21 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Trivial info that doesn't resolve icon problem when Use Drop Shadows option is checked and when Lock desktop items is unchecked. So it's useful to dummies, but useless to anybody that has a real problem.
     
  • Comment #22 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Right on the money (BTW Stupid location for a stupid problem)
     
  • Comment #23 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Microsoft sucks, you rule!
     
  • Comment #24 (Posted by Gosselin)
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    I tried over 5 different things to try to fix this but nothing helped. I noticed that my Windows Picture and Fax Viewer was not working also. So I tried an old trick to fix that, and it fixed the icon issue also. I went to the command prompt and typed in "regsvr32 shimgvw.dll" without the quotes, and then changed my resolution to a smaller one and back again, and both issues were fixed. Some program I installed seems to have disabled a .dll file that controlled these functions. that command will enable/refresh that dll file again. Hope this helps.
     
  • Comment #25 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I don't know how or why my desktop icon text background was transparent prior to a recent severe crash, but after the crash they were a solid color. I have been obsessed trying to find how to change them back to transparent. Thanks to this tip I can now go to bed and have a pleasant night's rest. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
     
  • Comment #26 (Posted by gypsychk)
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    Comment #24 (Posted by Gosselin) worked for me. All else seems coincidental to the issue of transparent icon title backgrounds. THANK YOU, GOSSELIN! I had been going bananas.
     
  • Comment #27 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Comment Number 12 resolved the issue to trying the intial suggestion and haveing it not working. If you follow both suggestions it will work. Thanks!
     
  • Comment #28 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It Works. Thanks
     
  • Comment #29 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    The simple things are the hardest to find ! Thanks a lot :)
     
  • Comment #30 (Posted by Jocelyn)
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    Absolutley NONE of these worked for me. The icon thing was already checked, the lock desktop thing was unchecked, and I even tried the command prompt, and resolution change thing.... NOTHING!!!! AHHHHHHH
     
  • Comment #31 (Posted by Ashley Deakin)
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    I tried everything that is posted here and still no joy. Then I found an obscure post somewhere that said a video "mirror" driver can cause this. This is a video driver that makes one display show the image from another display. I have a standard NVidia video card, but it has two outputs and I drive a monitor with one and a TV with the other. I turned the "Clone" option off and selected "Single" display and the desktop text went transparent again!
     
  • Comment #32 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    that did'nt helped me in any which way.
     
  • Comment #33 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    this method didnt work for me... but the method on comment #24 did!! thumbs up (y)
     
  • Comment #34 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    For XP only: Display Properties -> Desktop tab -> Customize Desktop -> Web tab -> Uncheck any Web Pages in the list under Web Pages. Or better yet, uncheck anything from this window. Click OK.
     
  • Comment #35 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    none of this worked for me. At all.
     
  • Comment #36 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Top marks buddy. Thanks!
     
  • Comment #37 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Didn't help
     
  • Comment #38 (Posted by Freakin' A!)
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    "also check Display Properties -> Desktop -> Customize Desktop -> Web Make sure the "Lock desktop items" is unchecked" That one fixed it for me! Oh how stupid can I be?!Tapadh Lyat!
     
  • Comment #39 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I tried all 4 suggestions listed here: 1. Making sure the "Use Drop Shadows..." box was checked 2. Made sure the "Lock Desktop.." was unchecked 3. Going to the command prompt None of which worked (but I'm sure these steps are also necessary to achieve the transparency), but the one that actually worked for me was comment # 34. ^_^ Kudos to you! Thank you!
     
  • Comment #40 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I had done all of the above (ticked drop shadows etc. and nothing worked however when I went Display properties>Desktop>customise desktop> web> and then deleted the listed entry (you can't delete 'my current home page) this worked!!!
     
  • Comment #41 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thank you sooo mutsj
     
  • Comment #42 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    #34 did it for me! thanks
     
  • Comment #43 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    unchecking all item in customize desktop web tab worked for me
     
  • Comment #44 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Had the same problem, read the 'lock desktop items' tip, turned that off, brilliant!! it all works now. cheers to all!!
     
  • Comment #45 (Posted by shawn)
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    WORKED AFTER TRYING EVERYTHING ELSE"For XP only: Display Properties -> Desktop tab -> Customize Desktop -> Web tab -> Uncheck any Web Pages in the list under Web Pages. Or better yet, uncheck anything from this window. Click OK."
     
  • Comment #46 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it worked
     
  • Comment #47 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    "For XP only: Display Properties -> Desktop tab -> Customize Desktop -> Web tab -> Uncheck any Web Pages in the list under Web Pages. Or better yet, uncheck anything from this window. Click OK." I tried so many things and many appz but this little trick did the job at least for me. Thank u 4 sharing this piece of knowledge with us. It is very useful.
     
  • Comment #48 (Posted by el)
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    I tried standard image formats.. Do not use .PNG or .GIF .BMP & .JPEG make desktop icons transparent =D
     
  • Comment #49 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Right answer was "Lock web items on the desktop"
     
  • Comment #50 (Posted by John)
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    Thanks 61...If none of the above works then you must first do what 61 says i.e. change registry value to 0. This in effect switches off Active Desktop and allows you to see text without background. You will have to reboot after making changes.
     
  • Comment #51 (Posted by poopy pants)
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    Thanks heaps comment #34, chhheeeeers...
     
  • Comment #52 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Comment #31 worked for me! I had tried everything before that, but it was just that my "clone" was still on when I used the s-video out on my NVIDIA card! Thanks ashley.deakin!
     
  • Comment #53 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Comment #34 worked. None of the others did. Thanks!!!
     
  • Comment #54 (Posted by Michael White)
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    BINGO!!! Comment #34 was spot on. Nothing else worked for me but this. Thanks so much.
     
  • Comment #55 (Posted by Cann)
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    #34 did it for me, thanks!
     
  • Comment #56 (Posted by Mark)
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    My problem started after I got a spyware infection. Everything above did not work, including registry change and policy change! I resolved the problem by right mouse clicking on a "jpg" file (a picture of my dog) and selecting "set as desktop background". I then reset my wallpaper back to my favorite wallpaper, the "crystal" wallpaper. KAPOW.. I'm happy now.
     
  • Comment #57 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Comment #34 (Posted by an unknown user) DID THE TRICK!!!!!!!!! Rating 5,000 For XP only: Display Properties -> Desktop tab -> Customize Desktop -> Web tab -> Uncheck any Web Pages in the list under Web Pages. Or better yet, uncheck anything from this window. Click OK.
     
  • Comment #58 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Did not work at all, still horriblly a different color
     
  • Comment #59 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    transparant icon
     
  • Comment #60 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Comment 34 worked like a charm!!!!!!!
     
  • Comment #61 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it doesn't work!
     
  • Comment #62 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    was looking for why ICON background is no longer transparent.
     
  • Comment #63 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I tried everything! comment 83 saved my problem, thank you ikonoid
     
  • Comment #64 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It won't be transparent if ActiveDesktop is turned on. For me, all the above settings were already done, and it turned out that I still had active-desktop enabled due to having the registry entry [HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPolicies ExplorerForceActiveDesktopOn] enabled (set to 1). Once I deleted that entry, then the icon background went transparent after unclicking/re-clicking "use drop shadows".
     
  • Comment #65 (Posted by el)
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    I tried everything but no luck.. until i realised it might be the background which is making the whole fuss.. I was using a .PNG file as a background & when I changed it to .JPEG the icon awful background turned transparent !!! make sure your background files are .JPEG =D
     
  • Comment #66 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Works just fine
     
  • Comment #67 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Worked like a charm.
     
  • Comment #68 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    this didn't work for me please!!!!!!! help!!!!!!
     
  • Comment #69 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I was looking for transparant icon text and now with this tip i finally found it.
     
  • Comment #70 (Posted by Rahul Jaiswal)
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    I used combination earlier two comments n it worked for me...first, simply modify this registry entry to 0 [HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesExplorerForceActiveDesktopOn=0]... then lower your desktop resolution once, which will show the magic, then u may change the resolution back to the previous setting... Njoy...
     
  • Comment #71 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Comment #34 - thanks - finally that helped
     
  • Comment #72 (Posted by RitchieTheBrit)
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    Again, none of the above worked, until I read #47. I've been having a bit of bother with the active desktop recovery after auto shotdown once I'd rendered any 3D animations, and turning it off worked a treat. For the record, if you don't want to delete the entry, simply modify it to 0 [HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPolicies ExplorerForceActiveDesktopOn=0]
     
  • Comment #73 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    If the above solution does not work, you will also need to make sure you right click on the desktop, and clck Properties. Then under the Desktop tab choose the "Customize Desktop Now" button at the bottom. Then under the "Web" tab, make sure NO checkbox is checked to display your desktop as a web page. If any checkbox is checked, the icons will NOT becomes transparent. It took me a while to figure this out, but I did.
     
  • Comment #74 (Posted by wowwwwwwwww)
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    uncheck the lock desktop icons ... eeeeeeeeeeeeeehaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa ;) sorry guy im just happy
     
  • Comment #75 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    perfect, exactly what i was looking for, lots of other site waffled on for an age, i thought i was going to die before i could make my damn desktop icons transparent!!!!!!! thanks
     
  • Comment #76 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    After trying everything people recommended on this page, the only thing that worked is what Comment #40 said and it worked for me! Thanks!
     
  • Comment #77 (Posted by Ames20)
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    #24 worked for me, thanks.
     
  • Comment #78 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    for me helped changing my wallpaper ... some wallpapers can cause this too
     
  • Comment #79 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    #34 helped me too! thank you!
     
  • Comment #80 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thank you...
     
  • Comment #81 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This was what I looked for.
     
  • Comment #82 (Posted by Vinu)
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    Thankyou very much....its simple method.. but no one known it...
     
  • Comment #83 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Comment 64 worked for me. Changed to 800x600 and back to 1024x768 and voila... transparency! Thanks
     
  • Comment #84 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Brilliant!
     
  • Comment #85 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it didn't work for me
     
  • Comment #86 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    super B
     
  • Comment #87 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thank you! This makes my desktop look better now................
     
  • Comment #88 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    ty
     
  • Comment #89 (Posted by stefan)
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    #34 FINALLY WORKED! :D thank you!
     
  • Comment #90 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I have Windows Home Edition XP and want to change my desktop icons background to transparent. I have followed the suggestion: Control Panel / System / Advanced / Performance Tab / Settings Button and put a checkmark in: Use Drop Shadows for Icon Labels on the Desktop, and nothing changes even after restarting the computer. The desktop icons remain with a colored background. Any suggestions?
     
  • Comment #91 (Posted by DAK)
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    Item #34 rocks!!!!
     
  • Comment #92 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Because it's the answer that everybody gives...and it simply DOESN'T WORK
     
  • Comment #93 (Posted by Burt)
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    iconoid was the answer for me.. just tap this in download.com and when you have run the program select "never hide icons". There is an option to select transparency there!! Thank god spent hours on this frickin annoying, anyone reading these needs some patience!! good luck
     
  • Comment #94 (Posted by esh)
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    worked after doing thing on comment no 34 :-) thx. i remember how i got that, afer surfing one nigt, i downloaded some picture but that stuff came along thx once more... :-)
     
  • Comment #95 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    does not work
     
  • Comment #96 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thank God, I was looking for a way to do this for so long. Can't believe I haven't Googled it before!
     
  • Comment #97 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Number 40 did the trick. Big up yourself!
     
  • Comment #98 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It didn't work for me. My transparent titles went color yesterday, or no reason that I can figure, and don't' want to return.
     
  • Comment #99 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    ive been trying to do this and this is right to the point
     
  • Comment #100 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it doesnt seem to work?
     
  • Comment #101 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    cool!
     
  • Comment #102 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It worked exactly as suggested
     
  • Comment #103 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Besides the fact that this "article" contains no complete sentences ... why are dropdown shadows required? Why can't desktop icons just have plain text? That's what mine were, before I had to reinstall XP, and got this dumb colored background on my desktop icons.
     
  • Comment #104 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    OMG COMMENT #98 is a freaking GENIUS!!! Although it's a very long paragraph, it's so HELPFUL! None of the other ones worked, but that one did! I recommened anyone, if they are still confused, to read comment #98. It's a freaking life saver!!!!!!!!
     
  • Comment #105 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    'cause I tried it and didn't work
     
  • Comment #106 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    CRAP ! I'm on an WinXP SP2 illegal , (whatever) an it doesen't work tried this stuff 1 million times , but 1 question , If I change to vista will this crap baground dissappear ????????
     
  • Comment #107 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    As per #575, comment #34 did the job for me.
     
  • Comment #108 (Posted by Remon)
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    this did the trick :) I tried everything but no luck.. until i realised it might be the background which is making the whole fuss.. I was using a .PNG file as a background & when I changed it to .JPEG the icon awful background turned transparent !!! make sure your background files are .JPEG =D
     
  • Comment #109 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    this did not work but i found the ANSWER try this right click on your desktop go to properties desktop tab customize desktop web tab and ensure you untick any boxes ok job done
     
  • Comment #110 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    cuz that doesn't always work if ur using lock web elements on the desktop'
     
  • Comment #111 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    If that doens't work, You can also open both the wallpapers in photoshop or some other photo prossesing program.. and open an extra canvas twice the width of a single wallpaper Example: 1680x1050 1680 times 2= 3360 pixels / so the new wallpaper canvas is 3360x1050 TWICE THE WIDTH!!, now paste both wallpapers next to each other in the 3360x1050 canvas..and Save. Now!: Go to Desktop Properties> Desktop> Browse your Costumized wallpaper 3360x1050> and before you select apply or OK> NOW!!! select compile or whatever the windows name is for next to each other (right from the list of wallpapers).' I you look at the little monitor in the menu, and you switch the spread mode to the other mode wich places the images next to each other. you see that only ONE of you original wallpapers will show on the little monitor! NOW PRESS APPLY.. and VOILA! one wallpaper on the main screen the other on the second screen. i the right wallpapers isn't on the right screen.. repeat the steps in you photo prossesing program only swap the order!! Thanx 4 playing "only is win every single time, i enter the room" -Godlike
     
  • Comment #112 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Bang on target.5 is a must
     
  • Comment #113 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Ha this has been bugging me all day......after reading all the posts i realised it is cos i am using a dual monitor so i am using a web page as an image so i have 2 different backgrounds on my pc.....1 for each monitor......wat a pain, does anyone know any fixes to this.
     
  • Comment #114 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It works! great.. microsoft sucks.. google is all time great :)) thanks a ton for your help!
     
  • Comment #115 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I solved the problem by reinstalling video driver.
     
  • Comment #116 (Posted by Edward)
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    #61 rules. I tried all the previous suggestions to no avail, only to realize that I was using Bitmap images for my backgrounds, save them as JPEGS, it works like a charm, and I suppose you also must do the things #12 and #34 suggested, but my vote goes to #61!
     
  • Comment #117 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It did not work for me. I still have my desktop icon labels with solid filled backgroung
     
  • Comment #118 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    didn't work for me either, but #34 was the solution. You are the best. I feel so much better now. If none of the other solutions work for you try #34. I tried everything else and #34 got the job done!!!!
     
  • Comment #119 (Posted by Mike)
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    comment 70 works!!!!
     
  • Comment #120 (Posted by Brannon L Moore)
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    holly smokes #34 you are awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  • Comment #121 (Posted by NMB)
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    Good suggestions all. Commment #34 worked for me!
     
  • Comment #122 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    #34 I LOVE YOU!! Many thanks, the background was driving me nuts. :)
     
  • Comment #123 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    did not work
     
  • Comment #124 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Still trting to get rid of coloured background to text on icons.When tying the fixes listed what has everybody set colour option within Display Properties:Desktop to? as transparant does not seem to be an option. This is really frustrating any help gratefully received.
     
  • Comment #125 (Posted by Vaza)
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    If it doesn't work for you, change the setting like above, aswell as using a background image when you click "browse" on the desktop properties. If you set as BG by right clicking the image in windows explorer, the text Bg will come back. It has to be set via browse. --Vaza
     
  • Comment #126 (Posted by Shailendra)
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    Do not know why it is not working in my PC?
     
  • Comment #127 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Comment 34 worked for me! THANK YOU
     
  • Comment #128 (Posted by Me)
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    OK CHECK THIS OUT! It worked for me BUT i also had to download another program called Iconoid(i downloaded it from download.com).. i did the following steps 1.Installed iconoid(perfectly safe as i downloaded it from download.com) 2.In the program i went to "hide" options so that the desktop wouldnt hide every 2 seconds.. 3.i went to "start", "run"program, i tiped in "regedit" without the ". Then i went to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER folder adn opened the folder "software" by pressing the +, then opened the following folders each one inside the other in this order:"Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Policies Explorer" THEN in the explorer folder renamed the item ForceActiveDesktopOn to "ForceActiveDesktopOn=0) 4.Went to (as explained before though not quite) Control panel, system, advanced options, then the first confing and UNCHECKED the option view shadows behind desktop icons or whatever it is colled.. 5.Opened the program iconoid again and in the first screen selected "desktop icon background"-->"transparent" and voila!Then i chose the letter color white(u can choose whatever u likemost" 6.(If u want, i reccommend this part also)I uninstalled the iconoid (though didnt delete the zip file fopr the future just in case), went to control panel again, same place and CHECKED the box view shadows for desktop icons so that the letters are now white with shadows Hope this works for u & GOOD LUCK!
     
  • Comment #129 (Posted by ag)
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    thank you so much number forty it worked!!!
     
  • Comment #130 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This option did not work for me but I found the following option worked. ********************* For XP only: Display Properties -> Desktop tab -> Customize Desktop -> Web tab -> Uncheck all Web Pages in the list under Web Pages. Click OK. *********************
     
  • Comment #131 (Posted by Brad Koplis)
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    I NEED one active desktop item displayed, so I can't delete all items under "Web Pages". Is there any way to make the text bkgrnd trans and still have one active desktop item active?
     
  • Comment #132 (Posted by priti)
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    comment 45 worked wonders!!! thanx buddy!!
     
  • Comment #133 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Worked great for me. Thanks.
     
  • Comment #134 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Didn't help me at all
     
  • Comment #135 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanksto who posted the comment #12!!!
     
  • Comment #136 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I do this but still have background !! Maby some ather option is turned on
     
  • Comment #137 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    #34 thank you!!
     
  • Comment #138 (Posted by Omer Boyaci)
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    Comment #31 Mirror Driver solved my issue thanks
     
  • Comment #139 (Posted by nmac)
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    #61 did the trick. Nothing else worked! Thanks Ritchie!
     
  • Comment #140 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    i want to do desktop icons tranceperent
     
  • Comment #141 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Few words, much help. Thanks lots. 5
     
  • Comment #142 (Posted by Ronnie Hawkins)
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    My God...that was so frustrating. My three year old sat down at my PC completely unsupervised by myself or my wife and he managed to click "lock desktop icons". I couldn't figure out the icon issue for the life of me. Thanks to the person who submitted #12. It worked!!!
     
  • Comment #143 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    there is no article
     
  • Comment #144 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    what you posted works, but you have to make sure that you do exactly what comment #12 says to do. so the entire process to make your icon backgrounds transparent is: control panel -> system -> advanced -> performance -> settings button -> check "use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop -> back to the control panel -> display -> desktop -> customize desktop -> web -> and then uncheck the box that says "lock desktop items". this WILL work. thanks for the help!
     
  • Comment #145 (Posted by whatever)
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    tried a few things...then saw all the responses for # 34 and guess what---KAPOW!!! Success!!! Thanks 34, may god bless your soul!
     
  • Comment #146 (Posted by Humbal Tariq)
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    #47 ROCKS
     
  • Comment #147 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Sometimes png images wont work, so convert it to jpeg and it may fix the problem.
     
  • Comment #148 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    What bloody article- all that's apparent is the increasingly ubiquitious and ultra annoying 'Ads by Google'
     
  • Comment #149 (Posted by Ramses)
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    Check out desktop>properties>desktop>customize desktop>web... I had a website checked that messed it up. Deleted that and it worked.
     
  • Comment #150 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    didn't work
     
  • Comment #151 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    no blurb, just the commands required - fast and just what is needed
     
  • Comment #152 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    =) nice
     
  • Comment #153 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Setting was not known to me...Thanks allot!!! ernzan
     
  • Comment #154 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    #34 was the cause of my problem too. somehow it thought it was displaying a web image on the desktop, even though it wasn't (at least not visibly). this one's been driving me nuts for ages, thanks!
     
  • Comment #155 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Hey !! Comment #34 worked for me ... Thanks Buddy !!
     
  • Comment #156 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    easy and good
     
  • Comment #157 (Posted by Toastyfox)
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    Comment #34, you are my hero! I am very picky when it comes to my computer's visual display, and I have recently been a victim to spyware. After that occured my desktop quality was horrible, and I had those stupid icon text backgrounds. I tried all the other suggestions offered before yours, and nothing worked. Yours, however, worked like a charm! Now I just need to get rid of the spyware. It's not willing to go without a fight.
     
  • Comment #158 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Comment 24 worked for me
     
  • Comment #159 (Posted by Phil)
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    Thanks comment #56, yours worked !! Find a jpeg image, right click and select "Set as desktop background" Now all the wallpapers work again through display settings :)
     
  • Comment #160 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    #34 worked great!! I had tried EVERYTHING and could not fix the problem after a major infection, thank you!!!
     
  • Comment #161 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    #34 worked after all the others - thanks. Surely it's worth puttin this in the main technique description, seems a lot of other folk found this useful too
     
  • Comment #162 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    its not works
     
  • Comment #163 (Posted by Annonymuz)
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    If you have the check box selected...and it still didn't work..right click on your desktop>arrange icons by>un-check lock web items on desktop
     
  • Comment #164 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    UnLocking the web in customize desktop worked. Thanks
     
  • Comment #165 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    its good
     
  • Comment #166 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It doesnt work for me why??????
     
  • Comment #167 (Posted by Johan)
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    Tried the following - Drop shadow, resolution change, lock/unlock web items, registry edit for active desktop. In the end the following work - Display Properties/Desktop/Customize Desktop/Web/Delete all entries and Apply. I suppose it all has to do with "Active Desktop"
     
  • Comment #168 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    nice. thanx
     
  • Comment #169 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I found the solution: Rahul and comment 67. Glad but too many people guessing. I appreciate it though. Thanks.
     
  • Comment #170 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    #34 it is. THanks!
     
  • Comment #171 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This is really great, I've spent hours looking for this. Wish I knew how I screwed it up in the first place. Thank you !
     
  • Comment #172 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    i dont know but this does not work with my pc...please advice!!!!
     
  • Comment #173 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    ought I could do this in desktop properties - wrong!! Many thanks, nice trick.
     
  • Comment #174 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thank you comment 34!!!! <3 you for this!
     
  • Comment #175 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    lol step 1
     
  • Comment #176 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thank you sooooo much, It's annoying isn't it? The default should be checked! Thanks again sir!
     
  • Comment #177 (Posted by Mike)
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    Thanks comment #77 For me it was the performance settings. (Control Panel - System - Advanced - Performance Tab - Settings Button and put a checkmark in: Use Drop Shadows for Icon Labels on the Desktop)
     
  • Comment #178 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Comment #34 worked for me after nothing else did.
     
  • Comment #179 (Posted by Faisal)
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    Thanks #34. that was the REAL solution.
     
  • Comment #180 (Posted by Dons)
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    #34 worked for me thanks buddy. :)
     
  • Comment #181 (Posted by Giuro)
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    Comment no. 48 worked for me. I put png file for desktop background and that turned my desktop to active. Then I changed it with jpeg, and then go to My computer>properties>advanced>visual effects and have checked desktop icon shadows. It works! =]
     
  • Comment #182 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Comment #34 worked with XP Service Pack 2 - 'For XP only: Display Properties -> Desktop tab -> Customize Desktop -> Web tab -> Uncheck any Web Pages in the list under Web Pages. Or better yet, uncheck anything from this window. Click OK.' - MANY THANKS!
     
  • Comment #183 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Comment #34 did the trick. 1. Follow first instructions. If that doesn't work, then go to Control Panel/ Display/ Desktop/ Customize Desktop/ Web/ Then uncheck all boxes in the list as well as the 'Lock desktop items' box.
     
  • Comment #184 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I have followed what #84 told i. It is the right way to transparent ur desktop icons text background. All other ways are useless if this option "Use Drop Shadows for Icon Labels on the Desktop" is unchecked. TRUE METHOD by # 84 = Control Panel / System / Advanced / Performance Tab / Settings Button and put a checkmark in: Use Drop Shadows for Icon Labels on the Desktop, and nothing changes even after restarting the computer.
     
  • Comment #185 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This vote goes to Comment #34!!! Thank you!!!
     
  • Comment #186 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    # 48 was the cure after I did all the others! If you have tried everything else make sure your background isn't a .png or a .gif.
     
  • Comment #187 (Posted by Girija)
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    #65 worked very well... Thank you Rahul Jaiswal
     
  • Comment #188 (Posted by icky)
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    65 Worked for me after trying all before. Great joy !!!! Thanks to every poster especially 65 !!!!! I spent a few hours on this.
     
  • Comment #189 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Comment#34 worked in my case.
     
  • Comment #190 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thanks #34...u made my day :-)
     
  • Comment #191 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thank you, what else to say!!!
     
  • Comment #192 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    sweet thanks
     
  • Comment #193 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    FOR THOSE IT DIDN'T WORK FOR, READ COMMENT 12
     
  • Comment #194 (Posted by Jay)
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    Thank you .. thank you .. this was really bothering me .. now I can be happy!
     
  • Comment #195 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thanks!
     
  • Comment #196 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks
     
  • Comment #197 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This didn't help me, but comment #34 worked for me!
     
  • Comment #198 (Posted by Riles Lek)
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    Those who can't fix it, and are running on XP Professional, go to Desktop and click properties. Then go to tab 'Desktop' and click on Customize. Now, some of you don't have any items in the list.. Add Google (or any other). Now, uncheck it and check 'Lock Desktop items' and uncheck it. That solved the problem for me. I hope I helped you guys!
     
  • Comment #199 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    suggestion #34 will work on all xp OS... nice
     
  • Comment #200 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Comment # 34 did the trick! Thanks!
     
  • Comment #201 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I use Real VNC. It installs a VNC Mirror Driver under display adapters. I disabled it and rebooted. Icons were transparent again. Cheers to #31.
     
  • Comment #202 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    even after that i ve a blue background? really tired of looking for a way to solve this prob,,please help me.
     
  • Comment #203 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I have been looking for that info for quite a while... Thanks!
     
  • Comment #204 (Posted by Fred)
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    Did everything upto and including number 60 and the final trick - unchecking and rechecking 'Use drop shadows . . . . .'
     
  • Comment #205 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    does not always work
     
  • Comment #206 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It works!!! :D....Thanks :)
     
  • Comment #207 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    #34 worked!!!
     
  • Comment #208 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Didn't work when I tried the solution.
     
  • Comment #209 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I can't find "Drop shadows for icon labels" After pressing the settings button it doesn't appear.
     
  • Comment #210 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it worked as i wanted it.
     
  • Comment #211 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    comment #34 thanks a lot
     
  • Comment #212 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    If it worked, that simple, I wouldn't be here looking for the answer.
     
  • Comment #213 (Posted by Jorge)
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    comment 34 was great
     
  • Comment #214 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    comment 34 worked perfectly for me. thank you.
     
  • Comment #215 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I tried everything except the video clone stuff, but #34 did it for me.I saw something to do with yahoo messenger checked, so I unchecked it and the problem disappearded .Now I can finally start thinking straight. #34 ,you are the bomb !
     
  • Comment #216 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    small but very useful instruction. +5
     
  • Comment #217 (Posted by cangri)
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    it did not even work:((
     
  • Comment #218 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Or you could just go to XP theme and change your background :P good advice none the less
     
  • Comment #219 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Transparency will not work if you have web content on your desktop so go to Control Panel, Display Properties, Desktop tab, Customize Desktop, and click the Web tab. Clear all checked boxes.
     
  • Comment #220 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thank you post #34!!!
     
  • Comment #221 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    because it worked! Thanks
     
  • Comment #222 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Super easy, exactly the solution I was looking for, and didn't require a third-party util. Perfect, thanks.
     
  • Comment #223 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It does not work
     
  • Comment #224 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    didn't work at all..
     
  • Comment #225 (Posted by mfg1)
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    make sure you are using a standard image... PNGs dont seem to work on XP. or get linux x).
     
  • Comment #226 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    --->TRY THIS <--- : this failed to work for me as well. however, another reader suggested it might be the background it's self. they were right. my background was a png file, once i switched it to a jpeg, it worked fine, without doing the above instructions. second of all, my drop shadows option was already selected to begin with.
     
  • Comment #227 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Perfect! TYVM!!!
     
  • Comment #228 (Posted by steph)
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    [QUOTE:Comment #12 (Posted by an unknown user) Rating also check Display Properties -> Desktop -> Customize Desktop -> Web Make sure the "Lock desktop items" is unchecked] Thanks alot!
     
  • Comment #229 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    didt work
     
  • Comment #230 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I have tried the same as above on my Dell Lattitude D620 with no effect what so ever, the problem remains the same I have got dark blue boxes as a background of every single icon on the desktop, I can change the color of the background but I cant make it transparent.
     
  • Comment #231 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    idiots , this is what everybody knows. The problem is when there IS a checked checkbox, bu dumned text not transparent anyway!!!!!!!!!
     
  • Comment #232 (Posted by carl)
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    comment #34 your the best i did it 10x to you :)
     
  • Comment #233 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I have spent the entire day working on this problem and it is fixed now. Thanks.
     
  • Comment #234 (Posted by Staxx)
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    #34 worked for me. Thanks guys!
     
  • Comment #235 (Posted by Glenn)
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    I found the following on another site, #3 is the one that worked for me. Four things are required for transparent icon backgrounds: 1.Control Panel-System-Advanced-Performance Settings. Check "Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop" on the Visual Effects tab. 2.Right-click on Desktop - "Arrange Icons by" and ensure Lock Web items is cleared. 3.Transparency will not work if you have web content on your desktop, Control Panel - Display Properties - Desktop tab - Customize Desktop - Web tab. Clear all check boxes. 4. Ensure the Wallpaper is an image file not HTML.
     
  • Comment #236 (Posted by Majid)
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    #40 worked for me. amazing thread and such a small but nasty problem. Thanks to everyone who contibuted.
     
  • Comment #237 (Posted by Joao)
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    Comment 34 worked just fine for me! Thanks
     
  • Comment #238 (Posted by Jay S)
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    unchecked the lock desktop icons and guess what ??? It worked ! ! ! ... Thanks to you all ! ! ! ! ! ..
     
  • Comment #239 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks, it's nice! Perfect work!
     
  • Comment #240 (Posted by jhayson)
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    very nice ! ! ;D
     
  • Comment #241 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it doesn´t work
     
  • Comment #242 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I have XP with SP2,Tried....Control Panel / System / Advanced / Performance Tab / Settings Button and put a checkmark in: Use Drop Shadows for Icon Labels on the Desktop. It does not work for me
     
  • Comment #243 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    comment #34 did the trick...thanks
     
  • Comment #244 (Posted by myspace.com/azngq)
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    thanxx =D
     
  • Comment #245 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    The instructions work!
     
  • Comment #246 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    you are da MAN!...or WOMAN!!!
     
  • Comment #247 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This might work of others, but it isn't working for me. I've been on two computers (one the icons are transparent the other isn't), and from everything I've looked at they say the same thing. If there are any other ways to change it, I would love to know.
     
  • Comment #248 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Awesome comment 24 worked for me
     
  • Comment #249 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Comment #34 worked for me
     
  • Comment #250 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    works most times, not all
     
  • Comment #251 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    You need to do two things to guarantee this to work. And it DOES work : 1. Like the man said > Control Panel / System / Advanced / Performance Tab / Settings Button and put a checkmark in: Use Drop Shadows for Icon Labels on the Desktop. 2. Right click somewhere on your desktop > Arrange Icons By / UNCHECK the Lock Web Items On Desktop option. That's it!
     
  • Comment #252 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Exactly what I needed in the nik of time!
     
  • Comment #253 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks to post 61... I have tried all of the above and it didn't work. then i did what 61 sad i.e. change registry value to 0. This in effect switches off Active Desktop and allows you to see text without background. then just resize resolution and it did it's magic :)
     
  • Comment #254 (Posted by Axel)
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    What finally worked for me was to unchecking the USE HIGH CONTRAST checkbox in the ACCESSIBILTY OPTIONS dialog window. Go to CONTROL PANEL / ACCESSIBITY OPTIONS, then select the DISPLAY tab. Uncheck the USE HIGH CONTRAST checkbox.
     
  • Comment #255 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    After realizing that the box should be actually selected (i deselected it in order to solve the issue)it did the job. THANKS
     
  • Comment #256 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thank you!
     
  • Comment #257 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This article didn't work... Post #45 thank you so much, I had the same problem and that worked.
     
  • Comment #258 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Awesome! Did not know that was there.
     
  • Comment #259 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It relates the solution very simply and to the point. Excellence in brevity to solve the 'problem'.
     
  • Comment #260 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it did not work
     
  • Comment #261 (Posted by was frstrated)
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    PCAnywhere can be the culprit. When it is running in host mode transparency goes away, exit the host and transparency comes back.
     
  • Comment #262 (Posted by jimm)
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    #34 works man just do it
     
  • Comment #263 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Great help
     
  • Comment #264 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Comment #47 worked good. Thanks for all your help
     
  • Comment #265 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    does not work, says nothing if it does not work
     
  • Comment #266 (Posted by Valeria)
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    I've tried everything described above, but #260 comment was the only solution worked for me (desktop right click > properties > desktop tab > customize desktop > web tab > everything unchecked
     
  • Comment #267 (Posted by James Oppenheim)
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    !!!!!!! Comment 34 worked for me !!!!!!
     
  • Comment #268 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    #34 worked for me.
     
  • Comment #269 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    #34 worked for me after the previous ideas didn't. Thanks!!!!
     
  • Comment #270 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    for some reason, this does not work for me if i have a gif file as my background. it comes out as a solid color but all other files allow this to work for me.
     
  • Comment #271 (Posted by Amal)
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    No,any methods further
     
  • Comment #272 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Excellent, anyone's guess why this feature is so hard to locate.
     
  • Comment #273 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    this dint work 4r me!!
     
  • Comment #274 (Posted by Jeff Gowlett)
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    I have just found another solution to the problem, if the image that you are trying to assign is a png file (it may work with other file formats too). PNG files can have graphic layers, similar to how Photoshop uses layers. The issue of transparent icons on the desktop was resolved as soon as I flattened the png file. In other words, when I opened the file in Photoshop, there was only one layer but it was not the background layer, it was layer 0. When the image was flattened, re-saved and re-applied to the desktop, the icons were transparent again. :D
     
  • Comment #275 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Desktop -> Customize Desktop -> Web Make sure the "Lock desktop items" is unchecked thanx No12 and also delete or uncheck all display web pages
     
  • Comment #276 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Tried everything and comment 34 was the winner. thankd
     
  • Comment #277 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    nice post, thank u !!!
     
  • Comment #278 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thank you very very much for sharing this, i needed to know this i finnaly got my desktop icons transparent :)!!
     
  • Comment #279 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it doesn't work
     
  • Comment #280 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Although this post was probably the simple way to solve it, it wasn't the solution for me. :( I tried EVERYTHING up to comment #34 and it WORKED!! Thank you so much! I feel like a huge weight has been lifted, haha.
     
  • Comment #281 (Posted by AgentWD40)
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    # 34 did the trick.. thanks
     
  • Comment #282 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thanks a lot it really works
     
  • Comment #283 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It doesn't work.
     
  • Comment #284 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    THANKS A LOT..I WAS SEARCHING FOR THIS SINCE LONG. ARTICLE IS VERY GOOD AND SIMPLE TO UNDERSTAND.
     
  • Comment #285 (Posted by AG)
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    This: "... also check Display Properties -> Desktop -> Customize Desktop -> Web Make sure the "Lock desktop items" is unchecked ..." did the trick for me. Thank you very much!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
     
  • Comment #286 (Posted by F Brolly)
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    #34 worked for me. Thanks much
     
  • Comment #287 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    After trying (like many others) all the option/button settings to no effect, I found articles 88 and 113 that refered to iconoid. Tried it and just like in article 330, just starting it up was enough to set the text to transparent. Thanks for the pointer to iconoid!
     
  • Comment #288 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This is checked on my computer and it didn't work.
     
  • Comment #289 (Posted by sudip)
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    For XP only: Display Properties -> Desktop tab -> Customize Desktop -> Web tab -> Uncheck any Web Pages in the list under Web Pages. Or better yet, uncheck anything from this window.
     
  • Comment #290 (Posted by panicks)
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    No 34 is the correct procedure. Other methods wont work sometimes.Yhanks a lot
     
  • Comment #291 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Sorted my problem
     
  • Comment #292 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    worked perfect. I was confused at first, all I saw was a picture of a modem. The answer is right above it. control panel/ect...
     
  • Comment #293 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It simply didn't work. "Use Drop Shadows for Icon Labels on the Desktop" IS checked and the desktop color selected still shows through.
     
  • Comment #294 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    don't work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  • Comment #295 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Comment #47 - It worked!! Thank You!!
     
  • Comment #296 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks! Spot on
     
  • Comment #297 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    did not work
     
  • Comment #298 (Posted by murali)
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    # 40 worked for me thankx dude. Thankx heaps
     
  • Comment #299 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    i tried doing to check the Use Drop Shadows for Icon Labels on the Desktop and also unchecked the lock desktop item but thigs are not working for me. please help me out. one more thing iam not having admin rights on my system. should only admin so this
     
  • Comment #300 (Posted by invincibleruler)
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    none of the comments above the comment 34 worked but yeah 34 did work for me... thumbs up 2 u
     
  • Comment #301 (Posted by murali)
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    #worked for me thankx dude. Thankx heaps
     
  • Comment #302 (Posted by forehead smacker)
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    The tips you gave really did the trick. I wish microsoft would include that step in their help section somewhere. The funny thing is... a 9 month old baby girl undid the clear text thing and I am even more confused of how she did it!! Thanks tho
     
  • Comment #303 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    there is no web tab
     
  • Comment #304 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Comment #34 nice one, spent the entire morning trying all the other options.
     
  • Comment #305 (Posted by Matt)
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    Comment #98 Work for me, good job!
     
  • Comment #306 (Posted by UNKNOWN)
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    I do not know what comment helped me but i remember changing the resolution to 800*600 and back and it did the trick i am so happy. THNX ALOT!!!
     
  • Comment #307 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    i tried everything, all the options nothing worked untill comment #34, Thanks!
     
  • Comment #308 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    #34 did the job!
     
  • Comment #309 (Posted by End User)
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    The desktop icons of my work PC have the annoying background colour. However I cannot access the 'Display' tab of the 'Display Properties' dialogue box due to security restrictions. I cannot make disable Active Desktop due to security restrictions with my group policy. Is there any third party method for fixing this other than Iconoid?
     
  • Comment #310 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It didn't even affect my icon's shadows.
     
  • Comment #311 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thank you so much for this solution. My hubby was going totally crazy at work trying to get rid of the boxes around the icon titles! His IT person couldn't figure it out.
     
  • Comment #312 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Here is the whole deal. I downloaded a Jpeg file (this was a web item) from an email and it changed the transparency because you can't have web items on the desktop. You can also check under the display properties window, web tab and delete any web items that recently got added to the desktop. I'm not sure if you can delete the Web Item "My Current Home Page" because that was always there, I'm not deleting this just in case it is needed. Here's the fix: Four things are required in order to maintain transparent icon backgrounds: 1) System Properties>Advanced>Performance Settings>VisualEffects - check "use drop shadows for icon labels". 2) Right-click on Desktop ->Arrange Icons by>Lock Web items must be cleared. 3) If you have any web content on your desktop, transparency won't work. To check for web content: Display Properties>Desktop>Customize Desktop>Web - make sure all checkboxes are clear. 4) Wallpaper must be an image file, not html. I hope this helps others. Thanks alot again to Microsoft for hours of head trama and a possible aneurism.
     
  • Comment #313 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    34 did it for me too. I'd accidentally copied a picture to the desktop in a weird way and this got rid of it.
     
  • Comment #314 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    have done all the steps but still my desktop icons are not transparent
     
  • Comment #315 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Coment #34! thank you! worked a treat :)
     
  • Comment #316 (Posted by Rövknullet)
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    Comment #34 worked for me nothing else worked! Sweeet!!
     
  • Comment #317 (Posted by Brian)
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    65 worked! Thank you so much- I did the regedit of Active Desktop & then resolution switch. I accepted the changed resolution, and then switched it back to my higher resolution. Worked once the higher res came back.
     
  • Comment #318 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    doesn't work for me, do u have to reset the comp or something. Please how to do it. it was transparent b4
     
  • Comment #319 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Still i cannot rectified. whaat can i do
     
  • Comment #320 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it didn't work for me though
     
  • Comment #321 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Comment #34 helped me also! After having the problem for over a year, finally it's back to normal- Thanks!
     
  • Comment #322 (Posted by Joe)
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    The holy grail of answers right here: Along with making sure that the "use drop shaddows for icon labels on the desktop" box is enables (default). You absolutely must make sure that the desktop wallpaper is converted to a BMP format. It will work everytime. The default windows wallpapers are all in this format (a significant clue). If you are using a jpeg or any other format your wallpaper will work but you will have to fiddle with it to get the transparent background back. Just open your wallpaper in the Windows Paint program (accessories) and "save as" bitmap (.bmp).
     
  • Comment #323 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    comment #34 worked when nothing else would. Thanks man
     
  • Comment #324 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I wouldn't have found this on my own.. thanks!! It was annoying me for YEARS!! so thanks for the help! :)
     
  • Comment #325 (Posted by gipsydove)
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    IT"S GONE!!! After all is said and done I resaved my background pick as a JPEG and that did it only took all the ideas of everyone here and that was it a simple fix the comment was about 170-230 commets ago (about 3 long hours ago thank-you whoever you are!!! :-D
     
  • Comment #326 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    dident help
     
  • Comment #327 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    still can't solve the problem...for different PCs...
     
  • Comment #328 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    there is no mention about is when you use the windows help
     
  • Comment #329 (Posted by XZ)
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    #34 works in my PC Tnx!
     
  • Comment #330 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Fixed the problem ... 'nuff said! Thanks!
     
  • Comment #331 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Wow, thanks! It has been driving me crazy for months. I finally came across your advice and it worked! I greatly appreciate it.
     
  • Comment #332 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I had heard about this solution before but always went to the checkbox and it was already checked, still with no resolution of the problem. Hmmm. This time I decided to uncheck and click apply, wait a few seconds for the icons to flash, then check the box and click apply. Kinda like cycling the power. It worked!
     
  • Comment #333 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    wow thanks alot ive been trying to change this for so long but i couldnt do it thanks
     
  • Comment #334 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    5 if u put unlock desktop icons in your original instructions- thx for the advice
     
  • Comment #335 (Posted by bfunk)
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    Comment #34 worked for me!!
     
  • Comment #336 (Posted by Ken)
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    #34 Worked for me.
     
  • Comment #337 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    YES THANK YOU!
     
  • Comment #338 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    #34 worked for me also.......Thank God..What a waste of time trying to fix that. But I had to!!
     
  • Comment #339 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Comment #80 is the only thing that wored!!! Fuckin A!
     
  • Comment #340 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Does what it says on the tin! Why MS didn't put this option in with other desktop settings menu (right click on desktop) I don't know...
     
  • Comment #341 (Posted by Jesse)
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    There are 3 things you should check. 1. Control Panel / System / Advanced / Performance Tab / Settings / Use Drop Shadows for Icon Labels on the Desktop 2. Display Properties -> Desktop -> Customize Desktop -> Web -> Make sure the "Lock desktop items" 3. While in Display Properties -> Desktop -> Customize Desktop -> Web -> You also have to make sure there are no web pages checked in the 'Web pages:' box. When I unchecked them all, the colored backgrounds disappeared. As soon as I checked one again they came back.
     
  • Comment #342 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    For XP only: Display Properties -> Desktop tab -> Customize Desktop -> Web tab -> Uncheck any Web Pages in the list under Web Pages. Or better yet, uncheck anything from this window. Click OK. THIS WORKED! But make sure that you press OK on both windows.
     
  • Comment #343 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Yes it works in some cases, but there is no definitive answer. Theres lots of individual things, anyone of which may be your problem. If none of these work, run spybot search and destroy. Spyware might be overiding your active desktop options.
     
  • Comment #344 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thank you comment 18 - this fixed it!!!
     
  • Comment #345 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    A welcome quick fix to yet another hidden Microsoft setting.
     
  • Comment #346 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Too short but not too sweet. Have tried this and many other techniques posted on other websites all to no avail. I am sure it something simple but for me and my computer these directions do not work.
     
  • Comment #347 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Number 34 finally did the trick!
     
  • Comment #348 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Awesome knowledge :)
     
  • Comment #349 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    None of those worked for me, so I decided to upload the background that I wanted then just right clicked and set it as a background without saving. It worked!
     
  • Comment #350 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It didnt work for me
     
  • Comment #351 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Comment # 34 did the trick!!!!!!I unchecked and deleted the offending web site........probem solved
     
  • Comment #352 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    COMMENT 34^^^ worked when nothing else would!!! Thank you so much unkown user!
     
  • Comment #353 (Posted by C P)
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    No 34 worked great. I tried everything else but 34 did the trick, thanks
     
  • Comment #354 (Posted by Pawan Nogariya)
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    I am very happy getting the procedure. I have been searching for long and have become frustrated. Thanks.
     
  • Comment #355 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It Hits the nail on the head
     
  • Comment #356 (Posted by MANIAC)
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    COMMENT #34 Worked 4 me !!! thank u.......
     
  • Comment #357 (Posted by margaret)
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    Hurray comment 68...that was the trick...tried 67 other fixes and they did not do it...was getting crazy! thanks again
     
  • Comment #358 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thank you it helped
     
  • Comment #359 (Posted by ENKO)
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    Yes it works. At first I coldn't make it, but after I uncheked all boxes in Display window, it works just fine.. thank you guys...
     
  • Comment #360 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I have windows XP home edition and this didn't work.
     
  • Comment #361 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    The instructions given at frist did not work. However, between your comment and the instructions from Comment #18 I found the solution to my problem. I had two items in the Display Properties -> Desktop -> Customize Desktop -> Web that did not belong. One was a *.jpg and the other *.gif. After they were deleted and apply, the icons where back to transparent. Looks great - it was really bugging me. Thanks
     
  • Comment #362 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Great simple solution to a problem that was driving me crazy, had to do both the performance tab thing and the unlock active desktop thing but now i have transparent icon labels again. thanks.
     
  • Comment #363 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It worked like a charm...
     
  • Comment #364 (Posted by Agnes)
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    I tried all the above suggestions but this is the only thing that worked for me:Properties-Desktop (Customize Desktop)- Web and then uncheck every box under Web Pages. Hope to have helped!
     
  • Comment #365 (Posted by Bec)
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    #34 worked for me when all the others didn't. Thanks heaps, this thing has been driving me crazy!
     
  • Comment #366 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Comment 31 helped me when all of the others failed. I meant to give it a 5 but it sent a 2 instead. Thanks
     
  • Comment #367 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    LOVE IT!!!! Thank you very much for this info!
     
  • Comment #368 (Posted by EnniBenny)
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    Thank you for this. This is really helpful
     
  • Comment #369 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Comment #12 worked for me. I had everything in place but one of my family member seems to have accidentally ticked that option. All is well now.
     
  • Comment #370 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    work
     
  • Comment #371 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks for the Help!!!
     
  • Comment #372 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Gave the exact answer I was looking for in clear concise language. Thanks!
     
  • Comment #373 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    AWESOME!!! I have YEARS searching for that stupid tweak..
     
  • Comment #374 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    #34 worked for me after going the Control Panel options which didn't work
     
  • Comment #375 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thanks man
     
  • Comment #376 (Posted by angel)
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    wow..... comment 34 is really working... thank you so much....
     
  • Comment #377 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Exactly what I was looking for, Thank you
     
  • Comment #378 (Posted by beej)
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    comment 34 worked for me after trying everything else thankyou
     
  • Comment #379 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    simple and Excellent
     
  • Comment #380 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    comment #62 thanks. my desktop looks 100 times better. whats the point of active desktop. (actively terribly old looking desktop) it must be.
     
  • Comment #381 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    this sucks. I had spyware on my computer and even after I deleted all the garbage AND went through the advice stated above - nothing happened. Is there another way to fix this? It worked GREAT before... damn spyware. anyone awesome enough to help, please email me or add me on msn: jowita_is@hotmail.com thanks!
     
  • Comment #382 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    this is so great! im a tech support but don't know this thing! thanks man!
     
  • Comment #383 (Posted by kevin)
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    comment#34 was the one that worked for me. He needed to start it off with right click the desktop first for those that wouldn't already know where to start. I did try all of the suggestions before comment #34 and had no luck. Thanks for being there to help out!
     
  • Comment #384 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Open the image you want to use as the background in a browser window such as explorer or netscape. (Right click image, open with, choose browser) then right click your image in the open browser and choose set as background (wording might be slightly different depending on browser) when I do it this way the icon backgrounds are automatically transparent unlike when I set the bg directly from windows....however if you're trying to use an animated gif all you will get is whichever frame you happened to click on...ps NONE of the other suggestions worked for me...
     
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    >>>>>>#81 worked for me! YOU THE MAN Burt!!!!!!!!!<<<<<<<<< i downloaded Iconoid and clicked in the click this (temporary) button and then disabled "lock WebItems on desktop" when i disabled that before I couldn't fix it, but iconoid must've done some resetting to the explorer.exe or something I spent 4.5 H on this bug
     
  • Comment #386 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    i've tried dis many a times but no results. my id is ankushsachdeva24@yahoo.co.in if have some alternative solution then pls reply on my id
     
  • Comment #387 (Posted by Harry & Ed)
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    We tried all 100 - until just randomly checking: System - Advance - Performance - Adjust for best appearence. Now happy - Good luck all...........
     
  • Comment #388 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This does not solve the problem...
     
  • Comment #389 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I tried everything and nothing worked until i tried #47, who ever post this you are the bessst. Thank you.
     
  • Comment #390 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Right-click My Computer. Choose Properties. Click the Advanced tab in the resulting dialog. Click the Settings button in the Performance panel. Click the Visual Effects tab in the resulting dialog. Check the box whose title begins Use drop shadows for icon . . . . Click OK, OK. There are three main reasons you may still have rectangular icon labels: Your desktop background is a transparent or animated GIF image; you have placed Web content on the desktop; or you have chosen to lock Web content on the desktop. You can check for and correct all three in the Display Properties dialog, invoked by right-clicking on the desktop and choosing Properties. First click the Desktop tab, select one of the default Windows background images, and click Apply. Next, click the Customize Desktop button and click the Web tab in the resulting Desktop Items dialog box. If there are any checked items in the Web pages list, uncheck them. Also uncheck the Lock desktop items checkbox. Click OK, and OK again. Your desktop icons should now have a transparent background for their labels, with a drop-shadow effect.
     
  • Comment #391 (Posted by BassFace)
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    Transparency will not work with a PNG file as your background. (Already stated here, but worth repeating). Add the file extension info to this Article and it'll be a 5!
     
  • Comment #392 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    not working for me
     
  • Comment #393 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    narr man ay worked 4 me
     
  • Comment #394 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Worked perfecly and explained perfectly! Merci bien!
     
  • Comment #395 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    doesn't work. who is the moron who keeps posting this as the solution on all sites????
     
  • Comment #396 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It works, but it turns your desktop theme back to classic.
     
  • Comment #397 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    #34 worked for me too!
     
  • Comment #398 (Posted by Alex)
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    The trick worked on my XP only after unchecking the "Lock desktop items" in Display Properties, Customize Desktop, Web. Thks a lot!
     
  • Comment #399 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    because IT WORKED.
     
  • Comment #400 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Comment #45 helped me the most. I tried what you posted and then tried Comment #18. Both didn't work and were already done on my computer. For those of you for which it doesn't work try this out: "For XP only: Display Properties -> Desktop tab -> Customize Desktop -> Web tab -> Uncheck any Web Pages in the list under Web Pages. Or better yet, uncheck anything from this window. Click OK." Worked for me!
     
  • Comment #401 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I did all of above, removed checkmark and still have a color!
     
  • Comment #402 (Posted by cd)
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    I tried all 4 suggestions listed here: 1. Making sure the "Use Drop Shadows..." box was checked 2. Made sure the "Lock Desktop.." was unchecked 3. Going to the command prompt None of which worked (but I'm sure these steps are also necessary to achieve the transparency), but the one that actually worked for me was comment # 34.
     
  • Comment #403 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    short and too the point!
     
  • Comment #404 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Comment #34 did it! Thanks. All of these other suggestions that have worked for people should be updated in the original post to save us scrolling and reading all these damn comments!
     
  • Comment #405 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Ka-ching! Great.
     
  • Comment #406 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Tried all suggestions 2 or 3 times in random order and finally tried the 1st one again and whoppee it worked - thanks very much - moral of this story is if at first you don't succeed try & try again!
     
  • Comment #407 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    No article appeared. Its blank
     
  • Comment #408 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Doesn't work for me,also tried right click on desktop,arrange icons and unchecked the lock internet icons.Anybody can help??? The blue shadow appeared when I tried to save an image file to the desktop. Thanks!!!
     
  • Comment #409 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thx a lot dude
     
  • Comment #410 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU, Comment #34 writer!!! This annoying problem happened to me today when I saved a .jpg sent to me (for use in a work project) on my desktop! I tried all the other suggestions without luck, then tried unchecking the "web" check boxes (I sure don't remember checking them!) following the steps in comment# 34. This did the trick! Much appreciated, but the answer shouldn't be so obscure, Microsoft!
     
  • Comment #411 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This worked for one of my computers but not for the other - but then I found this: Display Properties>Customise Desktop>Web tab>Uncheck anything that appears in the Web pages box - hey presto, the text background disappeared! Unfortunately, I don't know why, but it worked. PM
     
  • Comment #412 (Posted by Neil)
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    Thanks to all
     
  • Comment #413 (Posted by Pat)
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    I have the definitive answer if all else fails for getting translucent desktop icon title. Open your picture with XML Editor and save as a BMP. Then use the new bmp as your wallpapaer.
     
  • Comment #414 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    sorry yaar. i can't
     
  • Comment #415 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    bravo comment #12! thats what i have been looking for and without this site i wouldn't have found it. but about the drop shadows, mine was already cchecked, is it meant to be? and to make the background of the icon transparent you have to lock ddesktop items but is there any other way of doing this? cuz i love my desktop items! hehe
     
  • Comment #416 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it really worked thanks a lot ..............................
     
  • Comment #417 (Posted by haha)
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    #34 works a charm
     
  • Comment #418 (Posted by Brian)
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    This solution didn't work for me. What it ended up being was a web page set to the desktop. Go to Display then the Desktop tab. Click the Customize Desktop button then the Web tab. There was a web page set to display on the desktop. I unchecked it and the problem went away.
     
  • Comment #419 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    #34 Thanks. It resolved my problem.
     
  • Comment #420 (Posted by Mitch)
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    After reading every post on this page, I downloaded iconoid and that was the ONLY thing that work. The weird part is that all I did was start the program. As soon as I opened the program, all my desktop icons immediately went transparent. WHEW!
     
  • Comment #421 (Posted by mairtin)
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    comment 34 will make icons transparent if the first comment dose not work
     
  • Comment #422 (Posted by UKITGUY)
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    Post #631 worked perfectly after trying all else on here. Thanks a lot Luomo, seems we used to have a GPO in active directory which didn't get removed properly, causing the problem. Went in locally and enabled active desktop, refreshed the desktop, then went back into the policy editor and set active desktop back to "not configured" and refrrshed the desktop again and the icon text went perfect. Thanks a lot.
     
  • Comment #423 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it did not help
     
  • Comment #424 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Comment number 34 did it!! Thanks mate!
     
  • Comment #425 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Very informative, but didn't work for me. I tried everything that has been mentioned but none worked except for comment #92, this was the only solution that worked for me. I'm running xp home sp3. I gave it a 5 since, after all, it was all the comments that were generated that lead to a solution that worked for me. Thank you.
     
  • Comment #426 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    #34 quick fix after all kinds of failures. THANKS!!!!
     
  • Comment #427 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Didn't work for me....my icons still have a dark blue background
     
  • Comment #428 (Posted by Adam)
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    This didn't work for me but I did find somewhere else that did work by Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP Windows - Shell/User To have transparent icons, you make to make all of the following is correct: 1) Hold down the Windows key and press Pause/Break. On the "Advanced" tab, under "Performance" click "Settings." On the "Visual Effects" tab, make sure the box "Use drop shadows for icon labels" is checked. 2) Right-click on the Desktop, and make sure that "Arrange Icons by" "Lock Web items" is not checked. 3) Right-click on the Desktop, and choose Properties. On the "Desktop" tab, click "Customize Desktop," then on the "Web" tab, uncheck all boxes. 4) Make sure any Wallpaper is an image file. Html will stop the transparency.
     
  • Comment #429 (Posted by tantoan)
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    Thank Commnent #34. Very Nice!
     
  • Comment #430 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    The article didn't work, but THANK YOU SO MUCH 171 =D
     
  • Comment #431 (Posted by Jeronimo)
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    I'm LOVING you Rahul!!! I had a problem with SPySheriff and couldnt get the icons to be transparent. Went thru a lot of pages and all gave the simple "unlock desktop items" or so... I even reinstalled windows! I just did what you said about the regedit and change the resolution and I'm back to liking my background :) PEACE! :)
     
  • Comment #432 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    While tweaking for better performance, I had forgotten where I turned this feature off at. I hate those colored boxes!
     
  • Comment #433 (Posted by John McGregor)
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    Exactly what I was searching for. I just had to go back into Display to change back to XP style appearance. Many thanks.
     
  • Comment #434 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    make sure you don't have desktop item on your screen, turn off all your desktop item..
     
  • Comment #435 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    #34 THANK YOU VERY VERY MUCH !!!!
     
  • Comment #436 (Posted by Majid)
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    Sorry its not #40 but #34 who first initiated this idea. thanks to #34.
     
  • Comment #437 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Above dont work for me, but..... Yes, i did it on my way!!! If above dont work, please follow this way. Right Click on your desktop, 1)Select "Arrange Icon By > Uncheck Show Desktop Icons" 2)Redo again select "Arrange Icon By > Check Show Desktop Icons" This will refresh your desktop icons. This work for me
     
  • Comment #438 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Worked great! The drop shadows on the desktob icon was already checked, but I unchecked it and then clicked apply (my icon text remained the same), and then I rechecked the drop shadows, and VOILA! Transparent icon text! :) thanks!
     
  • Comment #439 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Worked perfectly for me on a XP SP2 machine! Thanks :)
     
  • Comment #440 (Posted by RockDad)
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    Comment #24 Posted by Gosselin. Perfect! I have done all the other setting s and nothing worked, registering that dll did the trick for me, thanks!
     
  • Comment #441 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    uncheck the lock web items on desktop! i accidentally checked it that's why i encountered this problem. to the next one, maybe you did too.
     
  • Comment #442 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    high five
     
  • Comment #443 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Comment 34! Finally, results!
     
  • Comment #444 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    You've solved a really annoying issue!
     
  • Comment #445 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    OMG you are the man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  • Comment #446 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    good
     
  • Comment #447 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Totally Not Relavent
     
  • Comment #448 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    didnt work for me...
     
  • Comment #449 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I already knew the usual answer (performance tab) .. and the desktop webpage answer.. but those didn't work for me this time. Turns out my transparency problem was caused by my usage of a .png graphic for the wallpaper. I just converted it to .jpg and I got my clear icons back.
     
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    COMMENT 24 - brilliant, thank you so much, after trying all the other standard advice, this finally worked for me, there are a lot of other sites trying to deal with this problem that would benefit from this advice!
     
  • Comment #451 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    !!! EVERYONE WHO ARE HAVING PROBLEMS WITH THIS LISTEN !!! It DOESN'T work unless your wallpaper is a .JPG file! Took me ages to figure this out, but after i saved my current wallpaper as .JPG, Voila! - Transparent icon text background :)
     
  • Comment #452 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I have tried all the suggestions on this page and nothing it happened when I have tried to paste a picture that I had copied
     
  • Comment #453 (Posted by RIT)
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    Comment no. 34 worked for me.............
     
  • Comment #454 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    No effect, nice try though
     
  • Comment #455 (Posted by aa bb)
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    I was wondering how to do this for so long. THANKS a BUNCH ;)
     
  • Comment #456 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Comment #34 worked for me, none of the other did. Good post.
     
  • Comment #457 (Posted by BeenAroundForever)
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    There is a lot of praise going on for a solution that is rather obvious. Unfortunately, I have tried literally EVERYTHING listed here and NOTHING works! So... those that post something like "it WILL work"... you are WRONG. Just because it worked for you doesn't mean it will work for all. Unfortunately, some form of malware has caused the icons on this machine to be irrepairable it seems. I'll keep digging, but not a thing on this entire list (of about 350+ entries when I posted mine) was able to resolve my issue. Not one.
     
  • Comment #458 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks
     
  • Comment #459 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I asked so many computer literate folk about this and not a single one could answer - I'm relieved to get rid of the unsightly solid blocks of colour and have a legible screen again. Tonight I shall sleep like a dead duck. Thanks!
     
  • Comment #460 (Posted by annoyed user)
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    Tried *ALL* suggestions to no avail. Finally resorted to installing an evaluation version of Desktop Icon Toy by iDeskSoft which is apparently similar to a program called iconoid that some users reported having success using. Installed the program, started it, and noticed all desktop icon labels disappeared (icons were visable though). Balloon tip said to make the labels/text reappear, left-click the program icon in the system tray. Afterward, the icon labels were again transparent. Uninstalled the program. I F---ING hate Microsoft software.
     
  • Comment #461 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Nvidia was the culprit ,Thanks 31
     
  • Comment #462 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It worked - brilliant
     
  • Comment #463 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Great, it is just what I was looking for. Did not like the pop ups though.
     
  • Comment #464 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Comment 34 worked!!!!! Thanks a ton!
     
  • Comment #465 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This worked a treat: For XP only: Display Properties -> Desktop tab -> Customize Desktop -> Web tab -> Uncheck any Web Pages in the list under Web Pages. Or better yet, uncheck anything from this window. Click OK.
     
  • Comment #466 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    NO 34# m8 ur da shit!!!!!! sorted da pro out thanks 2 u
     
  • Comment #467 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This is one such post that one would like to bookmark. You deserve a five!
     
  • Comment #468 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thank you!
     
  • Comment #469 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    solved the problem
     
  • Comment #470 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks. excellent job
     
  • Comment #471 (Posted by jondo)
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    just reseting screen res to low then back again worked when everything else didnt, go figure!!
     
  • Comment #472 (Posted by Arun)
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    Thank you... Comment 70 worked for me!
     
  • Comment #473 (Posted by Bobaloo)
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    #310 was the only thing that worked for me... thanks!
     
  • Comment #474 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Do the settings changes that the first 20 or so people suggest then make sure that your file type is JPEG. That is what was wrong with mine. Hope this helps!
     
  • Comment #475 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Such a small thing can annoy you so much, thanks man
     
  • Comment #476 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Ahh... That did the trick. Those block colours were annoying me something aweful, and I'd spent ages trying to work out the solution. Thanks for that.
     
  • Comment #477 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    34 worked for me suckers
     
  • Comment #478 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    great.......your advice deserve 10, thanks
     
  • Comment #479 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I'm impressed with your digging skills!
     
  • Comment #480 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    this in no way helped me at all. but thank gosh for comment #64 that method seem to helped.
     
  • Comment #481 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    already checked. still won't work.
     
  • Comment #482 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Excellent, all the options are listed here.
     
  • Comment #483 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This was driving me crazy, thanks!
     
  • Comment #484 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Comment #34 did the trick!
     
  • Comment #485 (Posted by Peter Kenny)
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    Nothing worked at first, then I tried comment 34 again. As the boxes were already unchecked, I checked them then applied it, then followed comment 34 again and unchecked the boxed. Then it worked, strange
     
  • Comment #486 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It WORKS!
     
  • Comment #487 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    After weeks of being annoyed by the blocky appearance, post crash, the uncheck anything to do with web pages in customize desktop properties did the trick! Instant relief!
     
  • Comment #488 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    PERFECT!!! I always thought it was on display properties. Thanks!!
     
  • Comment #489 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    doesn't work, on my comp anyway its really irritating as they suddenly appeared and now won't go away.
     
  • Comment #490 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Did exactly what I was hoping for. Very easy, I feel stupid for not knowing... 5!
     
  • Comment #491 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    the box was already checked. this all of a sudden changed today for an unknown reason.
     
  • Comment #492 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    does not work
     
  • Comment #493 (Posted by Helen)
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    #34 Thanks for your tip, been trying all sorts all afternoon till I took your tip. Great stuff.
     
  • Comment #494 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    #34 you got it right! I have tried all the above until and nothing. Until #34 and it worked!!!!! Thanks a lot
     
  • Comment #495 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thank you #34...
     
  • Comment #496 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I had to uncheck and re-check the checkmark so it could work, and gladly, it did!
     
  • Comment #497 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Perfect answer, thanks for the tip, the colored background on my icon labels drove me nuts.
     
  • Comment #498 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Desktop/properties/Desktop/customize Desktop/web/uncheck or delete all webpages/uncheck lock desktop items/ok/ok/ok Sakthi.
     
  • Comment #499 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    if you have set a specific background through group policy, also enable the "disable active desktop" setting.
     
  • Comment #500 (Posted by Rahma)
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    #61: This worked awesome! If people cannot find the answer among the countless suggestions, CHANGE YOUR BACKGROUND IMAGE TO .JPG Thanks a mill.
     
  • Comment #501 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    click start/control panel/system/advanced/performance--settings/visual performance == Adjust for best appearance & Apply **** Yeehaw!
     
  • Comment #502 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it doesnt work
     
  • Comment #503 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    If "Use Drop Shadows for Icon Labels ..." is clicked, unclick it, apply, then go back and re-click it & apply. This worked for me.
     
  • Comment #504 (Posted by nitin)
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    Command 34 worked for me.thanks dude......thank you very much......!!!!!
     
  • Comment #505 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Did not work for me either, running XP Pro SP2. Any other ideas? Thanks..
     
  • Comment #506 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Original suggestion & all others didn't work for me until #34. Which worked a treat. Cheers Buddy.
     
  • Comment #507 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    isplay Properties -> Desktop tab -> Customize Desktop -> Web tab -> Uncheck any Web Pages in the list under Web Pages. Or better yet, uncheck anything from this window. Click OK." - Surely Works!!!! thumbs up...
     
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    i did everything thats been mentioned but its not working at first. then i did some tweaking and it worked on my xp home.try this Desktop properties >Desktop >Customize desktop >Web >uncheck the lock desktop items & MY CURRENT HOMEPAGE box.
     
  • Comment #509 (Posted by leanne)
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    i don't know who you are #34, but it WORKED!!!!! thank you. i tried all the other options to get the transparency back.
     
  • Comment #510 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It's already ticked
     
  • Comment #511 (Posted by kaydeedid)
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    I tried every single one of the above solutions, but nothing helped until I tried #62--changing my desktop image to a JPEG format. When I read that post, it came back to me that I started having the problem with the colored text background after I had changed my desktop! May thanks for a good, active forum. kaydeedid
     
  • Comment #512 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks, you're amazing!
     
  • Comment #513 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Comment #34 Did the trick!!!
     
  • Comment #514 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Perfect.
     
  • Comment #515 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Hey I've done all the listed things but cant rid off the same problem is any other solution thare? dineshplp@homail.com
     
  • Comment #516 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    The answer was helpful, and I thank you. My problem was malware, as it turns out and the comment: "Display Properties -> Desktop -> Customize Desktop -> Web Make sure the Lock desktop items was unchecked" is what helped me fix it. For the listed items (webpages) I had rtejehdaxes.html listed and checkmarked. Unchecking/removing this fixed the icons. It also solved the issue with my Background image, that looked funky around the edges after the spyware invasion. Thank you all!
     
  • Comment #517 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    34 worked like a charm. My problem started after getting infected by some malware that (i think) i got rid of.
     
  • Comment #518 (Posted by Pädu)
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    comment no.34 rules!! thanks
     
  • Comment #519 (Posted by deepak)
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    #34 worked for me!!!!!!!! VIOLA :)
     
  • Comment #520 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It accomplished what I wanted it to do!!
     
  • Comment #521 (Posted by JPProctor)
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    Suggestion #34 - Thumbs up!
     
  • Comment #522 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I just want to say God bless the internet! My son download some "malware" and I have spent multiple hours fixing the damage. Not having transparent icon titles was driving me crazy. Basically, I had to do ALL of the fixes posted here, more than once, but it *DID* work. I did the policy editing w/Regedit, unchecked the web page option, made sure the "unlock" option was set and use drop shadows as well. After the second time of lowering the resolution and re-upping it, it FINALLY worked. Keep trying folks. These people know what they are talking about! Thank you all!
     
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    great thanks m8!
     
  • Comment #524 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Go to Control Panel, System Properties. Click Advanced at the top. Under Performance click the Settings button. Under Visual Effects put a dot in Adjust for best appearance. Apply the settings.
     
  • Comment #525 (Posted by remy215)
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    Partly did it! I had the same problem as other dudes, still having this god-damn background color instead of my background image under icon names. The solution I found was to : - right-click on desktop / properties / desktop / customize desktop / web - uncheck all web-pages - check "lock desktop icons" or sthg like this (it was unchecked) - click on OK (nothing changed) - go back to this set-up screen and uncheck "lock desktop icons" - click on OK It worked! Now I have full transparency on icon titles. Thx
     
  • Comment #526 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I hate a messy desktop and this makes for a cleaner look. My desktop fonts also changed to the blue boxes when the computer had spywear removed and a massive cleaning. Microsoft wouldn't tell me what to do. YOU ARE GRET
     
  • Comment #527 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    your sugestion has worked perfectly -srinivasulu
     
  • Comment #528 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Found it, did it, it works. Thanks.
     
  • Comment #529 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I have a white shadow behind all of my words on outlook 2007 how do i get rid of it?
     
  • Comment #530 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    WOW worked for me.
     
  • Comment #531 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It simply solved the problem.. =D
     
  • Comment #532 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    If you're still having trouble after visiting the System Properties (like I did) try heading over to the Display Properties. Under the Desktop tab click the Customize Desktop button and then go to the Web tab. You'll find a box next to Lock Desktop Items and make sure this box is UNchecked. After being very frustrated this is what finally worked for me!
     
  • Comment #533 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thankx a lot.
     
  • Comment #534 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks...after being a geek also i have found it diffiult...thnx really
     
  • Comment #535 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Comment #38 worked for me after trying everything else that was obvious.
     
  • Comment #536 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    comment 47 was the best !!!!
     
  • Comment #537 (Posted by mike sosa)
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    Comment #34 worked for me! follow it now.
     
  • Comment #538 (Posted by neo)
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    If anything of the above doesn't work, just look for the picture (wallpaper) format. It has to be .jpg or .bmp. For sure if the format is .png you will not have transparency as an option.
     
  • Comment #539 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Because there is missing last point telling if you have any web content in desktop transparency wouldn't work and i beleve that is true
     
  • Comment #540 (Posted by Ole Lund)
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    #34 had the rigth solution for me
     
  • Comment #541 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Comment#34 it work for me. i am really happy. i tried all other things but was not successful but with your tip i found the solution. now desktop icon tax background is transparent now. thanks you so much dear.
     
  • Comment #542 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    precise and accurate information
     
  • Comment #543 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    something like this can really annoy someone for a loooooooooong time .thx for the tip
     
  • Comment #544 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Fine. even i chat with microsoft support team an that idots cannot solve the problem. But i followed the 1 line step mentioned above and felt happy when it worked excellently......................Thanx a lot
     
  • Comment #545 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Awesome find. It's too bad Microsoft hides it!
     
  • Comment #546 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I have done it...yeaaah...this was bogging me for years....if it doesn’t work at first this is what you have to do. After you do what it says above and you think o no it didn’t work you to this go on Control Panel>Display>Desktop>choose NON for the beck round> OK and restart Computer.... than put beck your beck round and every thing should be OK...
     
  • Comment #547 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    excellent
     
  • Comment #548 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    doesn't work this way
     
  • Comment #549 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I had to do two things. First: Display Properties -> Desktop -> Customize Desktop -> uncheck "Lock desktop items" box Second: Control Panel -> System -> Advanced -> Performance Tab -> Settings -> Check "Use Drop Shadows for Icon Labels on the Desktop" (or uncheck, apply, then recheck, apply) :)
     
  • Comment #550 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It took me a minute to understand that what looked like a link was actually the answer, but when I realized what it was, it enabled me to get exactly the result I wanted first try. Thanks.
     
  • Comment #551 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Works flawlessly. --ST
     
  • Comment #552 (Posted by sdfor)
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    #34 did the trick for me. It may have also solved another problem where desktop icons do not showing up at startup. It seems that occasionally the explorer.exe (not internet explorer) does finish doing what it’s supposed to at startup and I think it may have to do with looking for a file that doesn’t exist listed in the web section of the desktop properties. see #34.
     
  • Comment #553 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thank you so much author of post #34 worked a treat :)
     
  • Comment #554 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This is only one of four possible causes. To display the desktop icon text box background as "transparent" as opposed to some solid color, four things are required: 1. In the Control Panel, go to System, Advanced-Performance Settings. Then check "Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop" on the Visual Effects tab. 2. Right-click on Desktop and at the "Arrange Icons by" ensure "Lock Web items" is unchecked. 3. Transparency will not work if you have web content on your desktop so go to Control Panel, Display Properties, Desktop tab, Customize Desktop, and click the Web tab. Clear all checked boxes. 4. Ensure the Wallpaper is an image file not HTML. This information is provided on a MSFT technet thread: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/itprovistadesktopui/thread/200d8b14-7877-4f10-be8e-4185c11d26dd
     
  • Comment #555 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    very nice ;?
     
  • Comment #556 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    After spending an hour trying other suggestions, this one worked in 2 seconds flat. Thank you!!!
     
  • Comment #557 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Comment # 34 worked for me. Right click desktop/Properties/Desktop/Customize Desktop/Web and uncheck everything. Yipee!
     
  • Comment #558 (Posted by Yousuf. Bahrain)
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    I tried tip # 40, I am happy............. Please try these guys, if you are so worried
     
  • Comment #559 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    TO SUMMARIZE: Control Panel / System / Advanced / Performance Tab / Settings Button and put a checkmark in: Use Drop Shadows for Icon Labels on the Desktop Display Properties -> Desktop -> Customize Desktop -> Web Make sure everything is unchecked Use a .jpg file format for your background
     
  • Comment #560 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    AWESOME!!!! Immediate fix!
     
  • Comment #561 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    THANK YOU. I was kinda used of having the background blue though (so I wouldn't notice), but this is much better :)
     
  • Comment #562 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    this was Excellent work mate, you made my day ;)
     
  • Comment #563 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    GUYS.. READ THIS.. I tried all 4 tricks mentioned on this page to no avail!! I since found out that my desktop wallpaper was .png format. I'm not sure if this generically causes the problem, but on my machine it did. Reformatting the picture to jpeg format sorted it out. Odd :S (give it a go) :D
     
  • Comment #564 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Works fine. For one reason or another, I have had this problem several times, and each time I have had to google the solution because it is so illogical that I cannot remember or find how to do it. Doesn't this say something to Microsoft?
     
  • Comment #565 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Comment #47 worked for me
     
  • Comment #566 (Posted by Vivek Iyer)
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    Bingo!!!!,, 34th# Comment has done my Job.
     
  • Comment #567 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Comment 807-Worked! Very easy. Thanks. I had tried everything.
     
  • Comment #568 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    this is nt working in my case.... I even modified the registry.....
     
  • Comment #569 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    before excuting nr.#34 check first your icons on the desktop and delete all web related icons. I had a Garmin (navigation) icon which was blocking the transparant look.
     
  • Comment #570 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Other websites told me to install tweaking software for this. This worked without downloading any extra thing. Great..
     
  • Comment #571 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thank you for whoever wrote comment #34. I tried almost everything and finally found your trick. Thanks again.
     
  • Comment #572 (Posted by Naweed)
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    non of em work. JUST COMMENT # 34 was realy good and it WORKS. Thank you dude.
     
  • Comment #573 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Comment 38 worked for me
     
  • Comment #574 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    good tips!
     
  • Comment #575 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Comment #24 worked for me after all else failed. Thanks for the help. Those annoying blocks behind my icon text are now gone. Desktop looks much cleaner!
     
  • Comment #576 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I have a machine that has active desktop turned on. I was performing a drag and drop, received a message asking to run active desktop, chose yes. CHanged my picture and icons now have blue shadow behind them. I rebooted and my desktop picture came back on, however the blue behind the icons is still there. How do I get rid of the shadow?Start Free Trial
     
  • Comment #577 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    its not working wid my pc wht to do ??
     
  • Comment #578 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    command no 34 worked for me thanxxx
     
  • Comment #579 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    yessssssssssssssss. it worked!!!!!!! i had been going crazy trying to figure this out. thanks =]
     
  • Comment #580 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    nice tip!
     
  • Comment #581 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It's not working...
     
  • Comment #582 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thanks
     
  • Comment #583 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    i have been trying to figure out how tofix this problem and noow because of this post, i have succeeded in doing it. thankss.
     
  • Comment #584 (Posted by Miguel Castillo)
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    Thanks a lot Comm #34 for an excellent, right to the point solution to the background color behind the text in desktop icos. A++++ :-)
     
  • Comment #585 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    i tried lot but there is no result but finally i download and install iconoid on my pc and try it but same result, but i tried iconoid + comment #34 combination and i got the results and my desktop is now clean and look very nice. Firstly i tried iconoid and then comment#34, i think this trick is really work for you all try it. comment #34 is great trick! thanks a lot man
     
  • Comment #586 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Mine was already ticked so I unticked and applied and then ticked and applied and this worked.
     
  • Comment #587 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Nice and simple
     
  • Comment #588 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks, I was just looking for this. Great tip.
     
  • Comment #589 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    XP users - tried them all no joy. Comment 34 did the trick. very simple Comment #34 (Posted by an unknown user) Rating For XP only: Display Properties -> Desktop tab -> Customize Desktop -> Web tab -> Uncheck any Web Pages in the list under Web Pages. Or better yet, uncheck anything from this window. Click OK.
     
  • Comment #590 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    THANK YOU
     
  • Comment #591 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It didn't work
     
  • Comment #592 (Posted by Zachary Yarnes)
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    Worked for me
     
  • Comment #593 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This is right, but it still won't work with PNG and maybe GIF. I just used a full quality JPG for mine.
     
  • Comment #594 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    this is still not working for me..that solid background color is still appearing
     
  • Comment #595 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This did not work for me does anyone have another solution to my problem?
     
  • Comment #596 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thank you and i glad to get solution for my query
     
  • Comment #597 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It is basically a combination of #24, #34, #64 and #70. You have to be patient, and keep reading through to make sure you are trying each of the options. As I found, everybody here had different situations. But the best patr is, it worked!!
     
  • Comment #598 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Very simple...I love my transparent icon text, but forget how to get it. Google Chrome browser just redid my desktop and LOTS of other things. It's no longer on my system.
     
  • Comment #599 (Posted by Pieter)
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    Thanks nearly threw my laptop against a wall...number 34...well done..no IT spezialist at my work, big company could do that..Thanks man you are a star
     
  • Comment #600 (Posted by Mrco)
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    Gosselin, Thank you SO MUCH!!! The advise given in the article above did nothing for me, but the comment given by Gosselin helped greatly.
     
  • Comment #601 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Comment #34 thank you so much, the issue was bugging me for a long time.
     
  • Comment #602 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    #34 finally fixed it! I unchecked a web page that was checked in the Web Pages box and the blamed blue shadows finally went away! Great Tip #34!
     
  • Comment #603 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    There are four things that Microsoft says affect whether the desktop icon text background is transparent or not. They are: 1) System Properties>Advanced>Performance Settings>VisualEffects - check "use drop shadows for icon labels". 2) Right-click on Desktop ->Arrange Icons by>Lock Web items must be cleared. 3) If you have any web content on your desktop, transparency won't work. To check for web content: Display Properties>Desktop>Customize Desktop>Web - make sure all checkboxes are clear. 4) Wallpaper must be an image file, not html. Unfortunately there must be others because after installing Windows XP SP3 my icon text background is not transparent and the four things required to maintain a transparent text box are set appropriately yet my textbox background is not transparent. Therefore there must be something else that affects this feature.
     
  • Comment #604 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    34 worked Thanks :)
     
  • Comment #605 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Comment 128 is the best, thanks for the infos....................
     
  • Comment #606 (Posted by Dre2000)
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    Comment 34!!! Is The Best!!! :) Thank You Sooo much!!!
     
  • Comment #607 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Comment #12 Helped thanks...
     
  • Comment #608 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Exactly what I wanted! Well found!
     
  • Comment #609 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Excellent - but check Comment 12! make sure that "lock desktop items" is unchecked!
     
  • Comment #610 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    did not work.
     
  • Comment #611 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Earlier it was a nuisance . Now it is perfect
     
  • Comment #612 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thank you #34. Works like charm!! What an annoying day I've had trying to get rid of the backrounds. Jei! o/
     
  • Comment #613 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thank you 34 you were the best
     
  • Comment #614 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    still the icons are not transparent
     
  • Comment #615 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    didnt work for me ?????????
     
  • Comment #616 (Posted by Dave)
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    @Comment #45 (Posted by shawn) OMG DUDE. THANKS. It worked! ;D. I can't explain to you how grateful i am!
     
  • Comment #617 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This will not solve the problem in all cases. If you have active desktop items enabled it will not work. You probably have three items that can potentially solve the problem. You need to list them all.
     
  • Comment #618 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I tried all these suggestion and post #34 worked like a dream! nice one!
     
  • Comment #619 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Works for me. Thanks!
     
  • Comment #620 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    comment #65 worked for me after trying most of the other entries
     
  • Comment #621 (Posted by Max)
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    I have found that most have this problem when using an image as their desktop background instead of a colour. Try this option this applies to you as well: 1) do all of the settings described above. 2) If still without transparency, change the format of your background image to .dib which stands for "Device Independent Bitmap." This is a non-obtrusive format for the XP operating system. Most photo editors such as Photoshop will allow one to save in this format. 3) Navigate to that newly created .dib image and you should be golden. If the above does not work, simply unplug the computer cord from the wall and monitors, wrap them around the unit in a nice, tight ball, then kick it like Pelé in the Brazilian sun.
     
  • Comment #622 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thank you!!
     
  • Comment #623 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks the one to uncheck all the boxes worked ta man
     
  • Comment #624 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    yeah! that's what i'm looking for..! thankz!
     
  • Comment #625 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO The first guy that gave the f*cking right answer!!!
     
  • Comment #626 (Posted by gr4ph1c)
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    i was not having any luck following the clear instructions given here... they should have worked for anyone. however my problem in this instance was that my background image was a .png file. so i re-saved it as a .jpg file it solved matters for me.
     
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    @Comment70 - Rahul Jaiswal - BINGO ! i tried every resolution to make my desktop icons text background transparent....but nothing happened...your resolution is unique n different than other sites, others posting the same 3-4 resolution, but this one works for me...awesome
     
  • Comment #628 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    NOT WORKING
     
  • Comment #629 (Posted by Jason.)
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    Ok, here's a tip. Don't use PNG images as wallpapers. Use a jpg, you'll get transparent icons. Try it. It may have something to do with the png. If it's 16bit or 24bit. I dunno. But jpgs are the solution to the majority of concerns here.
     
  • Comment #630 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thank you very much :)
     
  • Comment #631 (Posted by XP user)
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    Thanks comment no. 34 and 38, its really works.
     
  • Comment #632 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    YES !!!!!!!!! The registry entry to '0' worked beautiful.
     
  • Comment #633 (Posted by brian)
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    I recently commented on the failier of your solution to desktop icons, in that it didn't work, after reading down the list of comments, that by unclicking lock desktop icons, your solution then worked. it might be advisory to mention this at the head of the artical.
     
  • Comment #634 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it does not working its a bad joke !
     
  • Comment #635 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Comment #34 did it. Nothing else worked. My sincere gratitude to the person who posted Comment #34.
     
  • Comment #636 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Because it worked!!
     
  • Comment #637 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    its dark blue under the icons and i do not know how to change that...
     
  • Comment #638 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    i managed to make my desktop's icon background transparent after i did what u said and what Comment #18 said: Worked after I checked Display Properties -> Desktop -> Customize Desktop -> Web Make sure the "Lock desktop items" was unchecked You should add this in!!! THANKS SOOO MUCH!! =)
     
  • Comment #639 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Awesome!!
     
  • Comment #640 (Posted by hyydin)
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    i did it all and comment 34 worked!! thank you !!!
     
  • Comment #641 (Posted by Frank Zlotkowski)
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    Sorry to be so hard on you with my first comment. I have now found out that an external program can use active desktop settings and this will prevent the transparency we seek. Even without obviously engaging "Use active desktop," another program, in my case Weather Watcher(I like the animated radar displays for wallpaper)can make use of the active desktop scenario. I killed this and now I have transparent icon labels...but no animated radar. Hope this comment helps.
     
  • Comment #642 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This is all I'm finding.But it doesn't work!
     
  • Comment #643 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Very useful... Gr8.
     
  • Comment #644 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    comment 34 worked for me thanks mate
     
  • Comment #645 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Comment from #34 is the only one that helped. THANKS ALOT
     
  • Comment #646 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Awesome!
     
  • Comment #647 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I have tried this and my icons remain a solid color in the background. HELP ME!!! Im running win XP Media Center Edition
     
  • Comment #648 (Posted by Makram)
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    Number 70# worked for me. Thanks a lot !!!
     
  • Comment #649 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    tnxs
     
  • Comment #650 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Just a repeat of a gazillion other sites, and it doesn't work.
     
  • Comment #651 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    34 is good . try it ,,,,its works
     
  • Comment #652 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    simple, fast & right on subject...
     
  • Comment #653 (Posted by plowboy)
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    Comment #34 finally worked for me. Yay!
     
  • Comment #654 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    worked.............. :)
     
  • Comment #655 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It worked but this is the way it worked for me Control Panel / System / Advanced / Performance Tab / Settings Button and put a checkmark in: Use Drop Shadows for Icon Labels on also check Display Properties -> Desktop -> Customize Desktop -> Web Make sure the "Lock desktop items" is unchecked
     
  • Comment #656 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    ;)
     
  • Comment #657 (Posted by cobol_abd)
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    I will show this to everybody in the office. Took me long to find the solution. After this only one click with google and found your easy fix! thanks a lot
     
  • Comment #658 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Comment # 24 worked for me, many thanks to Gosselin for his post, my desktop looks much better now, Thanks again Gosselin and other post as well, great work
     
  • Comment #659 (Posted by shikhar)
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    dis r8ing is 4 cmnt no. 34 u solved ma problm dudee.. thnkya soo much..
     
  • Comment #660 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    that still does not work. find another way
     
  • Comment #661 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Having a grey background around desktop icons really sucks!!! Such a simple setting hidden away that makes such a nice change. Thanks guys
     
  • Comment #662 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Didn't have the free Icons I'm looking and searched for.
     
  • Comment #663 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I tried everything on this forum and others for 4 days and FINALLY FOUND THE SOLUTION thanks to #40 "(cuote) I had done all of the above (ticked drop shadows etc. and nothing worked however when I went Display properties>Desktop>customise desktop> web> and then deleted the listed entry (you can't delete 'my current home page) this worked!!!
     
  • Comment #664 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Another option that worked for me. I have XP. Right click desktop and select Properties. Select Desktop and Customize Desktop. Select Web tab. Uncheck any options under Web Pages. Select ok and then apply.
     
  • Comment #665 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Very useful, thanx
     
  • Comment #666 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Another place to check: Right click your desktop->Properties->Desktop->Customize Desktop->Web uncheck all web pages click ok
     
  • Comment #667 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Because, it worked !! Thanx. Rgds, Vinish Kumar....
     
  • Comment #668 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It doesn't work. The background is light blue with "Use Drop Shadows for Icon" unchecked, and is a darker blue when it IS checked. It isn't transparent or it would be dark maroon like the rest of my desktop.
     
  • Comment #669 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Rock on #34! This has been bugging me for ages, and clearly lots of other people - thanks.
     
  • Comment #670 (Posted by frustrated user)
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    I LOVE YOU #161.
     
  • Comment #671 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    didnt work! any other suggestions??
     
  • Comment #672 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This was already checked, but #47 sorted it for me!!
     
  • Comment #673 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    perfect - fixed it - nice job
     
  • Comment #674 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Concise. To the point. Worked.
     
  • Comment #675 (Posted by Deepti)
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    Nothing worked for me except for Comment Number #34 ... thanks a lot... !!!
     
  • Comment #676 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Straight to the point And accurate.
     
  • Comment #677 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    comment 34 worked!!! thanx a lot mate!!!
     
  • Comment #678 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Perfect instructions thanks...
     
  • Comment #679 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I have the drop shadows for icon labels checked and I still have a green background around the textg
     
  • Comment #680 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I also tried everything. Thanks to #34 which worked for me--finally! For XP only: Display Properties -> Desktop tab -> Customize Desktop -> Web tab -> Uncheck any Web Pages in the list under Web Pages. Or better yet, uncheck anything from this window. Click OK.
     
  • Comment #681 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It works thanks boss...
     
  • Comment #682 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Control Panel / System / Advanced / Performance Tab / Settings Button.....uncheck show translucent selection rectangle
     
  • Comment #683 (Posted by Khaja)
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    Comment #34 worked with the initial instruction for me, Thanks guys
     
  • Comment #684 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    #34 was only fix that worked for me. Thanks!
     
  • Comment #685 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    If it was that easy, I wouldn't be looking for a way to fix it... it seems on some windows boxes this feature is just plain broken, and there's no way to fix it, even reinstalling Windows doesn't help. and yes, I tried EVERYTHING else listed in this thread, no joy.
     
  • Comment #686 (Posted by Rich Ruffini)
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    Comment #31 bt Ashley Decon worked. Thanks
     
  • Comment #687 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    perfect solution. thank you.
     
  • Comment #688 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It works fine now.. thanks a lot
     
  • Comment #689 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Answered my question fully and simply.
     
  • Comment #690 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    For XP only: Display Properties -> Desktop tab -> Customize Desktop -> Web tab -> Uncheck any Web Pages in the list under Web Pages. Or better yet, uncheck anything from this window. Click OK.This worked for me
     
  • Comment #691 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    i did not work.i was copying and pasting images from the net and then it happened.
     
  • Comment #692 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Did exactly what I wanted it to do!
     
  • Comment #693 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    didn't work. drop shadows are already selected.
     
  • Comment #694 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    THANK YOU #34! I can look at my screen w/o wanting to throw it through a Window(s)!
     
  • Comment #695 (Posted by keys3429)
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    Didn't work for me - but I did find a fix on my own. I had been using a .PNG file. If you convert it to a BMP it will fix the transparancy.
     
  • Comment #696 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    this didn't work
     
  • Comment #697 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it didn't work!!!!
     
  • Comment #698 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    good
     
  • Comment #699 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Comment #34 worked for me.
     
  • Comment #700 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    that didn't work
     
  • Comment #701 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Comment 34 worked for me
     
  • Comment #702 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Too easy... been trying to figure this one out for years
     
  • Comment #703 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    doesn't work for me
     
  • Comment #704 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    doesn't work
     
  • Comment #705 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    worked thanks !!
     
  • Comment #706 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Comment #34 worked for me.... Thanks
     
  • Comment #707 (Posted by Andy)
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    The correct answer is at post 40 n 45.
     
  • Comment #708 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    For quick and fast - straight solutions
     
  • Comment #709 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I've been agonizing over this for days, I have a new computer and couldn't figure out how to get that dreadful colored background off my icons when they weren't like that before. I knew it was possible!!! Sooo helpful.
     
  • Comment #710 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it did not work!!!!
     
  • Comment #711 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks for your suggestion. I was searching for it for a year.
     
  • Comment #712 (Posted by rhadz)
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    8/21/09 it doesn't work for me.. any trick>? or any ideas why its happening to my pc... /sob
     
  • Comment #713 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    that is how i saw it
     
  • Comment #714 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    not sorted
     
  • Comment #715 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Yes this is the setting, but if it doesn't work for some reason. Select Adjust for best performance, apply and then select for best display and apply again. Doing this worked for me.
     
  • Comment #716 (Posted by ccu)
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    right click on desktop > properies > desktop > select "non" background > then go to control panel > system > advanced tab > performance > setting chek drop shadows for icon
     
  • Comment #717 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Excellent, it was so easy and took me less than a minute to do so!!!! Thanks so much, SAmuel
     
  • Comment #718 (Posted by Nisha)
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    #34 worked for me its annoying to see the icons like this
     
  • Comment #719 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Did that ... nothing happened.
     
  • Comment #720 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks so much, this was driving me crazy!!
     
  • Comment #721 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    The following worked for me : also check Display Properties -> Desktop -> Customize Desktop -> Web Make sure the "Lock desktop items" is unchecked
     
  • Comment #722 (Posted by Stuart)
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    Nothing else works? Try this. Follow these steps : •1. Go to the "Control Panel" : •Click on "Accessibility Options" •2. In the dialog box "Accessibility Options" : •Click on the tab "Display" •3. In the "Display" tab : •Uncheck the "Use high contrast" Then click on "Apply" wait a moment while changes are being changed
     
  • Comment #723 (Posted by Logan)
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    One of the causes of the blue backgrounds on text is caused by people trying to click and drag an image straight from a web page to their desktop to save it. This doesn't save the image directly, but applies different settings to your desktop. It makes you save the image before it does so, but to avoid this problem in the future, just right click on an image and click "save as..." This will save the image without changing your desktop settings.
     
  • Comment #724 (Posted by dale)
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    All failed until comment #34. Thanks man!
     
  • Comment #725 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thank you all for your inputs. I struggled a lot. finally comment No. 24 worked.
     
  • Comment #726 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It worked...
     
  • Comment #727 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    doesnt work
     
  • Comment #728 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Comment #34 worked for me! Yea!
     
  • Comment #729 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks everyone. Comment #34 worked for me.
     
  • Comment #730 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Didn't work
     
  • Comment #731 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    yessssssss!!!!!!!!!!i got it!!!finally!!!
     
  • Comment #732 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thank you very much for the solution.
     
  • Comment #733 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    that lock desktop items thing as well as the above did the trick! Thanx mate.
     
  • Comment #734 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Worked for me. Thanks!
     
  • Comment #735 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Doesn't work for me, I'm currently searching what it is. I knew about this tune, so I kind'a bumped on your post accidentally, and since this is a rare knowledge you earned 5, my friend. Keep up the good work!
     
  • Comment #736 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    No change to my icons. Box ticked but still showing a SOLID colour. Other ideas??
     
  • Comment #737 (Posted by Luomo)
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    Nothing was working for me either. Eventually I discovered (Windows XP Professional) that I had to open the group policy editor. To get there you have to be an administrator I believe. Go to start, run, type "gpedit.msc" and I navigated to "local computer policy-user configuration-administrative templates-desktop-active desktop" and double clicked on "enable active desktop" then selected disabled. I had to do this even though I did the registry change that was listed in other posts, and EVERYTHING else that people suggested. I believe I had to refresh (right click desktop, second option) or change my background to another and back again before it went clear again. Transparency is a reality once again.
     
  • Comment #738 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    The tab "Use drop Shadows for icon label on desktop" was already checked but then too my icons were with blue color background !!!
     
  • Comment #739 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thank you.This has solved my problem.
     
  • Comment #740 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Because it did not help
     
  • Comment #741 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    how to remove desktop icon backgroud color
     
  • Comment #742 (Posted by maan singh)
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    thanks a lot ,it is my rating to comment 34, it realy worked . thanks for posting.
     
  • Comment #743 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    changing activedesktop registry setting, then reducing my screen resolution to the lowest possible value, before resetting to the normal resolution, is what worked! Thanks to comments 81 & 72
     
  • Comment #744 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    NOTHING ABOVE WAS WORKING THEN COMMENT 34 worked like a charm!!!
     
  • Comment #745 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    didnt work
     
  • Comment #746 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    its not working,,, its totaly waste
     
  • Comment #747 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It works for my XP Pro, Thank You.
     
  • Comment #748 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    fixed the problem - THANKS!
     
  • Comment #749 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thanks man
     
  • Comment #750 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This didn't work for me because my background was in PNG format...once i changed it to a jpeg it worked fine!
     
  • Comment #751 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Comment 34, you are a legend!
     
  • Comment #752 (Posted by BB)
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    #34 worked for me after trying everythig else. I think I had accidentally saved and pasted a large picture from a web page file and it somehow wacked everything out but when I followed the unchecking of all of those, Hit Apply then OK it reverted back to transparent just fine.
     
  • Comment #753 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    #34 did the trick
     
  • Comment #754 (Posted by r155)
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    thank yo #65.it worked.
     
  • Comment #755 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    empty article......................
     
  • Comment #756 (Posted by joey)
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    i tried everything on this and nothing worked until magic comment #34! who ever posted this item, THANKS A TON!
     
  • Comment #757 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    To make life more interesting just confuse everything. It was hidden well.
     
  • Comment #758 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It doesn't work for me. What am I dooing wrong? It was already checked when I got there, but my icons have color.
     
  • Comment #759 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    omg thank you!!
     
  • Comment #760 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It works. Thanks
     
  • Comment #761 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I give OP a '1' rating. I give poster #31 a '5'. Thanks, Ashley. My setting was already on dualview, but switching it to clone and then back again fixed it for me. You da poo!
     
  • Comment #762 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    comment #34 also worked for me..Thanks!
     
  • Comment #763 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Is selected, didn't help.
     
  • Comment #764 (Posted by spider)
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    Thanks a lot!!!!!!! Comment #34 solved my problem.........
     
  • Comment #765 (Posted by mageofsorts)
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    xp only-I tried ALL OF THE ABOVE. What worked for me was right-clicking on desktop, properties, appearance, -change "windows and buttons" and "color scheme" to windows classic style. I also changed font size to large, but you shouldnt have to do this. good luck.
     
  • Comment #766 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks It's worked Fine. Again my thanks for your superb useful help.. Best Wishes, Joshua
     
  • Comment #767 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Right on the money or path Thanks,
     
  • Comment #768 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    cool, my machine has an unexpected shutdown and after it recovered, my desktop icons had this blue background. Use Drop Shadows, really worked.
     
  • Comment #769 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Great article... however there is one possible additional fix to a somewhat odd circumstance. IF the user attempted to save a photo from an email in Outlook by simply pasting it to the desktop, the os will ask them to save the file first. If the user saves the file to the desktop, it will be posted in a file as a desktop wallpaper. This confuses the system (and the user) and causes the desktop icons to appear without transparency (or with a solid background). The fix is simple. Right click desktop, choose propeties/custom desktop/web/ and be sure to uncheck the lock desktop items box, then delete the chechmarked file in the "display web page on desktop" dialogue box. This seems to take the file away that is attempting to be viewed from beneath the icon making it look like a solid background? Regardless, it worked!
     
  • Comment #770 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Great, after many other suggestions...THIS WORKED!!!!!1...........Thanks!!!!!
     
  • Comment #771 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    THANKS!!!
     
  • Comment #772 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    how do I do this in regedit?
     
  • Comment #773 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thank you very much.
     
  • Comment #774 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    this is really good
     
  • Comment #775 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    i did the same...but the problem is still here...
     
  • Comment #776 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thank you #34.thanks sooo much :)
     
  • Comment #777 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This is really hidden
     
  • Comment #778 (Posted by Varad)
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    I tried everything till comment 34 but none worked for me.. Comment 34 did the trick.. Thanx a lot..
     
  • Comment #779 (Posted by jon chan)
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    finally. this resoved my years of upsets... big thanks to all of you. bravo to #32. thanks .j
     
  • Comment #780 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I actually I went to System>Advanced>Performace (Settings)> click on adjust for best apperence. and TADA it fixed it after all the others didnt work. all i know is this worked and now im happy.
     
  • Comment #781 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    hard for me
     
  • Comment #782 (Posted by filipk123)
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    Comment #119 THANK YOU!!! Tried everything. Only iconoid application helped!
     
  • Comment #783 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    didn't work
     
  • Comment #784 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I followed the above path to nake the esktop text transparent to no avail !!!
     
  • Comment #785 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It's exactly what I was looking for.
     
  • Comment #786 (Posted by Buggy)
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    LUV comment #34 !
     
  • Comment #787 (Posted by Adolfo)
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    ANYBODY STILL HAVING THE ISSUE WITH THE SOLID BACKGROUND READ TIP #18, IT WILL SOLVE THE REST OF THE ISSUE.
     
  • Comment #788 (Posted by mandysmiff)
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    Number 34 has it - just wish I had found this over 1.5 hours ago -
     
  • Comment #789 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    wow wowowowowo Real Excelet, Thanx a lot!!!
     
  • Comment #790 (Posted by Jo)
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    Answers #1 and #12 got me the desired transparent background for my desktop icons. Thank you to both authors.
     
  • Comment #791 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Awesome
     
  • Comment #792 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Text background wouldn't go away on a .png format background image. BMP works.
     
  • Comment #793 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    excellent answer. it worked for me. thank you!
     
  • Comment #794 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thank you very much. It worked exactly right.
     
  • Comment #795 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Didn't work for me and I've gone through every website trying methods to remove this box. Nothing seems to be working. :(
     
  • Comment #796 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    didn't work. was already checked
     
  • Comment #797 (Posted by billys mom)
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    the first help didn't work on mine, but unchecking the "lock desktop items" did. also check Display Properties -> Desktop -> Customize Desktop -> Web Make sure the "Lock desktop items" is unchecked
     
  • Comment #798 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    no help at all
     
  • Comment #799 (Posted by Arvind)
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    Thanks Mr.comment:34. It worked:)
     
  • Comment #800 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Easiest, simplest and fastest; hence the best.
     
  • Comment #801 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks!
     
  • Comment #802 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Doesn't work.....
     
  • Comment #803 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    excellent. thanks a lot. :)
     
  • Comment #804 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    i always wondered how to do this. Made it easy
     
  • Comment #805 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    super! this saved me! :D
     
  • Comment #806 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Tried all most everything but thanks I got the solution with comment 34.It really worked.
     
  • Comment #807 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I had a similar issue - it was after allowing a page to be displayed on my desktop. I used Display Properties -> Desktop -> Customize Desktop -> Web and removed the web page...all better now!
     
  • Comment #808 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    doesn't work on my PC
     
  • Comment #809 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    not enough to fix the problem
     
  • Comment #810 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it doesen't work
     
  • Comment #811 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks for all your efforts but comment #325 hits the nail
     
  • Comment #812 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Easy to follow
     
  • Comment #813 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Poor - because nothing changes if the Lock Desktop Items ihas been previously selected --- Make sure this is not selected first and then the above method will work. Read the other comments for how to unlock the desktop items.
     
  • Comment #814 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Does not work!!
     
  • Comment #815 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I tried the first three suggestions and nothing worked until I saw the "for XP only" comment #34..it worked! Thank you very much!
     
  • Comment #816 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thats not working either
     
  • Comment #817 (Posted by Renato)
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    Try all the suggestions. It will surely work. I did. Thanks to this page. :-)
     
  • Comment #818 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    i make it but i still have same proplem
     
  • Comment #819 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    didn't work, poor knowledge!
     
  • Comment #820 (Posted by susie)
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    #34 finally solved it for me, thanks!
     
  • Comment #821 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks all for ur support, I have tried all proposed solutions, but only comment 40 solved the problem (thanks a loot :) finally it's solved).
     
  • Comment #822 (Posted by Suren)
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    Ya it works... After unchecking the Lock Desktop icons in the desktop properties. Thanks...
     
  • Comment #823 (Posted by Curic Ovidiu)
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    Comment number 12 worked for me too. It seems like some web site forced my desktop settings to show up a web page so I disabled it. Thanks a lot for the tip.
     
  • Comment #824 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Unfortunately this didn't work on mine, the icon text still has a block of background colour around it as opposed to just being text on the desktop
     
  • Comment #825 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    its amazing information
     
  • Comment #826 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it didnt work it still not clear
     
  • Comment #827 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    #445 It worked for me... thanks
     
  • Comment #828 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Make sure your background image is either BMP or JPG. PNG's DO NOT allow transparency to icon text.
     
  • Comment #829 (Posted by Johnny)
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    I give this site a excellent bcs using #24,#34,and the intro solution fixed it.
     
  • Comment #830 (Posted by Arnon)
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    Comment 34 worked for me. Thanks.
     
  • Comment #831 (Posted by jamsoid)
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    Comment # 34 did it for me.. uncheck that web stuff yeeeeee-Ha !! transparency !!!!!! it's been over a year now and I was matching my destop wallpapers to the chunk-colors..but now, I'm free.. whee !!!!!!
     
  • Comment #832 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks to the author and #24, #34, #38 almost make me crazy this issue. Now It Works for me. Thanks
     
  • Comment #833 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    great... simple and straight to my problem
     
  • Comment #834 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    If you tried all the methods and still didn't work, try comment #34. it worked for me :D
     
  • Comment #835 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    If none of the above works then that means your background image is a PNG or something similar. Open your wallpaper in a photo editing program such as Photoshop and save it as a JPEG, set the JPEG as wallpaper and your icons should have transparent backgrounds.
     
  • Comment #836 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    nice tk:)
     
  • Comment #837 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    this works perfectly
     
  • Comment #838 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    All above commentare really helpful.........it works
     
  • Comment #839 (Posted by bennytsang)
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    3 settings must be checked: 1 Control Panel / System / Advanced / Performance Tab / Settings Button and put a checkmark in: Use Drop Shadows for Icon Labels on the Desktop' 2 right-click desktop/Properties/Desktop/Customize Desktop/Web/ uncheck any webpage 3 uncheck "lock desktop items"
     
  • Comment #840 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Comment #12 worked for me - Control Panel - Display Properties -> Desktop -> Customize Desktop -> Web - remove any check marks - then click OK. Tahnks everyone.
     
  • Comment #841 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Rock and Roll dude!
     
  • Comment #842 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Didn't work
     
  • Comment #843 (Posted by sachin)
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    thank you and comment #34 ;) it irkrd my mind for over 2 months and i didn't expect these many others doing the same thing as me - matching the background colours
     
  • Comment #844 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it was really easy to do.
     
  • Comment #845 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    coz it irked my mind since 2 months ;)
     
  • Comment #846 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Comment 34: For XP only: Display Properties -> Desktop tab -> Customize Desktop -> Web tab -> Uncheck any Web Pages in the list under Web Pages. Or better yet, uncheck anything from this window. Click OK. GENIUS!!!!! Thank YOU!!
     
  • Comment #847 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    ok, thank you for taking the time to help with this, but i cannot seem to get it to work after i uncheck the box...do i need to refresh something to get it to work?
     
  • Comment #848 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    if this doesnt work u can also try, right click in desktop/arrange icons by/uncheck lock web items in desktop
     
  • Comment #849 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I would have rated it 10 times higher...(Took me forever to find the right solution; thanks so much!!!)
     
  • Comment #850 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Easy to find and Correct my Problem
     
  • Comment #851 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thank you! I had to go to four other places before I found this easy information.
     
  • Comment #852 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    i dont know for link for download
     
  • Comment #853 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    why is it such a dark secret?
     
  • Comment #854 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    doesn't work.........
     
  • Comment #855 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Answered my question accurately & succinctly - many thanks.
     
  • Comment #856 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    wouldnt have looked there, thanks!! (worked for me)
     
  • Comment #857 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    doesnt work for me -petal
     
  • Comment #858 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Why on earth Bill Gates can't allow his staff to be this helpful I do not know...
     
  • Comment #859 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It doesn't work... =(
     
  • Comment #860 (Posted by Holly)
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    Comment #34 worked for me after I'd tried everything else. Thank you!
     
  • Comment #861 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Yeahhhhhh, got it now :))) sooo happy... unchecked everything under web, checked the icon shadow thingy and unchecked the lock desktop - eureka, it's transparent again. THAAAAAAAAANK YOUUUUUUUUUUU - woohoooooo :)) (dancing around the room...)
     
  • Comment #862 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    doesnt work.. why? the same like in 6# comment
     
  • Comment #863 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    did not work.
     
  • Comment #864 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Where is it?
     
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