Transparent Desktop Icon Labels in Windows XP

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Transparent Desktop Icon Labels in Windows XP

Wanna make the text background for desktop icons transparent in Windows XP? Here is how...

Sometimes, the icon labels just change from transparent to solid, and we get frustrated... right... check these settings...

Setting 1

- Go to 'Control Panel -> System'...
- Select 'Advanced' tab...
- Under 'Performance', click on 'Settings'...
- Select 'Visual Effects' tab...
- Enable (Check) the option 'Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop'...
- If already enabled, then disable, apply, then enable again...

Setting 2

- Right click on the Desktop...
- Under 'Arrange Icons by' menu, disable (Un-check) 'Lock Web Items on Desktop'...
- If already disabled, enable, then disable again...

Setting 3

CAUTION!!! Modifying registry is always risky, backup before editing...

- Run 'regedit'...
- Go to the key '[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]'...
- Set the value of 'ForceActiveDesktopOn' to 0...
- If key does not exist, create one... [Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)]...
- Do the same for the key '[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ Explorer]'...

For modifying the registry, you can use the following .reg file... create a new file named something.reg and copy paste the following... there must be a blank line at the end of the file... double click the file to execute it...
...
REGEDIT4

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"ForceActiveDesktopOn"=dword:0

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"ForceActiveDesktopOn"=dword:0

...

That's all... :)

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