I have been juggling around for so many days in order to find the correct settings in Windows XP , so as to make the icons appear smooth with each and every desktop wallpaper. ( as shown in the image below ).
Icons With Background Colour
Icons Without Background Colour
Out of the above two which one do you like, your choice is up to you but most people like the second one ( icons without background colour ).
The only problem with the icons with background colour is whenever you set a new desktop wallpaper you may need to select different background colour for your icons too so that they look better with your new wallpaper.
But there is setting both in windows XP and vista to make the background colour of icons as transparent.
Let’s see how to do it.
For windows XP and Vista
1. Right click on the My Computer, select properties.
2. Click on the Advanced Tab ( as shown in the image below ).
3. Click the on the Settings button, you will see a new window showing numerous number of options related to the GUI of windows. ( as shown in the image below).
4. As highlighted in the image above make sure to check the box which says “Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop“. and click Ok 2 times.
5. That’s it ! Done.
We have just found that some of the users did not get this issue resolved even after applying the above mentioned tweak, In that case you may have some web page set as your desktop background, so these comments from some readers can help you.
Solution By Lisa [ Thanks Lisa ]
“ You can’t be displaying a web page as your background. To check this, right-click on the desktop and choose Properties. Select Customize desktop on the Desktop tab, then select the Web tab on the desktop items window and deselect any web pages that are shown.”
I had a jpeg as my desktop background and somehow a web page was still clicked in this menu. gotta love the logic of windows!
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