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I cant make my desktop icon textboxes transparent,I've tried all the usual ways but they just wont budge.Windows XP SP2

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Remove icon border shadows on the desktop

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icon box

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Did the lot --- nothing worked!

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XP can do it for you

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SYMPTOMS
When you try to display icons and icon labels that have a transparent background or a drop-shadow effect, the backgrounds of the icon and of the desktop text is the same as the background color that is set in the Advanced Appearance dialog box in Display Properties.

CAUSE
This problem may occur if you use desktop content that turns on the Active Desktop feature. For example, this problem may occur if you have a background item or desktop item that uses a transparent image or an animated GIF image, or if you set a Web page as the active desktop. This problem may also occur if you turn on the Lock Web Items on Desktop feature.

RESOLUTION
1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
2. Click Performance and Maintenance, and then click System.
3. On the Advanced tab, click Settings under Performance.
4. Click to clear the Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop check box, click Apply, and then click OK two times.
5. Close Control Panel.

WORKAROUND
To work around this issue, do not use desktop content that turns on the Active Desktop feature.

OR....you can download a program that installs the transparent feature you want if the solutions above don't work for you.

http://www.pcwarfare.com/neatstuff.toc.htm (TransparentIconBox file download)

TONI

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I've tried the lot ---- nothing worked!Have I got a bug?
I even downloaded that software and it wont work cos the desktop is 'active' and I cant turn it off cos when I right click desktop I dont get what I should.
Help!

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rodgeedavis stated, ''the desktop is 'active' and I cant turn it off cos when I right click desktop I dont get what I should''.

Please explain what you're missing when you right click your desktop (Properties, etc.).

Microsoft Windows XP users

Open the Control Panel.
Open Display Properties.
Click the Desktop tab.
Click the Customize Desktop button.
Click the Web tab in the Desktop Items window.
If you wish to enable the Active Desktop, check ''My Current Home Page''. Add your current home page into your desktop or click New to add another web page and/or other Active Desktop features. To update the content, click the Synchronize button.

If you wish to disable Active Desktop, make sure all checkboxes in this window are un-checked.

There's also a fix available but until we have more info I'll hold off for now.

Tufenuf

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I've done everything you've told me, it still doesn't work.

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rodgeedavis, Let's try this again. Try the following:

Open the Control Panel.
Open Display Properties.
Click the Desktop tab.
Click the Customize Desktop button.
Click the Web tab in the Desktop Items window
Make sure all checkboxes in this Web Pages window are un-checked.

Then follow the instructions at the link below.

http://www.mvps.org/marksxp/WindowsXP/boarders.php

Tufenuf

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Done all that, ----- still no joy!

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Thanks to everyone, ----- finally cracked it, now got a transparent icon box.

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Re: Icon box-How did you fix it?

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rodgeedavis, Glad to see that you fixed it. Could you share with us how you finally got it fixed so that others with the same question would know.

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Go to message 4, ------ I used the programme there, in conjunction with turning off active desktop and your advice on 'settings'
Many thanks
R

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(NT) (NT) Good job and Thanks for posting back.

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Disable/Enable Active Desktop Fix

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rodgeedavis, Just to add the fix if my prior reply doesn't help. Go to the link below and scroll down to line 16 (left column) "Active Desktop - Enable or Disable". Click on the word "Disable" which is a .vbs file. Download .vbs file and save it to your hard drive (you may want to right click and use Save Target As). Double
click the vbs file. You will be prompted when the script is done.

"NOTE: If your anti-virus software warns you of a "malicious" script, this is normal if you have "Script Safe" or similar technology enabled. These scripts are not malicious, but they do make changes to the System Registry".

http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm

Files from the above site are safe to download & run.

Tufenuf

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