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Transparent background for icons

Question : I found out how to set my icons background at desktop to transparent. I went to “System properties” under the “Advanced tab” and on the “Visual effects tab”, checked the “Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop” box.
I checked mine and it was in that condition. The box is checked but the icon looks the same. It still shows that ugly background. I unchecked the box, and then checked it again, defragmented the system, and restarted but it didn’t do any good. I really want to get rid of this background issue. Please advise.

Answer : Transparent backgrounds can usually be set via the method mentioned. But several factors can cause the abovementioned method to fail. One of them is that your desktop “wallpaper” is a transparent GIF image.

Due to the way Windows implements transparency, having a transparent “wallpaper” on your desktop will result in your icons having an opaque background.

To check for this, right-click on any empty area of the desktop, select “Properties” from the pop-up menu, and then click on the “Desktop” tab. From here, select “None” as the background and then click on the “OK” button.

If the icon backgrounds suddenly become transparent, it’s because the desktop “wallpaper” was affecting the icon’s background transparency.

If not, check to see if your desktop has “active content”.

To check for this, right-click on any empty area of the desktop, select “Properties” from the pop-up menu and then click on the “Desktop” tab. Click on the “Customise Desktop” button located on the near the bottom-left corner of the window, and then on the “Web” tab.

In the box labelled “Web pages”, check to see if all the check boxes are unchecked. If any box is checked, click on it to uncheck it.

If the checkbox labelled “Lock desktop items” is checked, click on it to uncheck that as well. Click on the “OK” button to close the “Desktop Items” window, and then on the “OK” button to close the “Display Properties” window. The backgrounds of the icons should now be transparent.

 
 

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