Im not sure but as a good guess... Id try right click blank area on desktop - properities - under apperiance header - windows & buttons there is 2 choices Windows XP style or Windows Classic style. Try switching those.
For some reason the above is choice 2.
For some reason I think changeing THEMES is the awnser that may be your simple solution. Id try themes 1st.
Then again I am no expert, I just know that "mouse-over" with-in microsoft picture it 7.0 has that same effect, it blacks out whatever is mouse-over highlighted and it wasnt that way till I changed 1 of the above 2 suggestions. I just decided to live with the blackout since I already know what it is Im after for example I click on crop and the rotate/crop/? extension comes out and what I mouseover (crop) is blacked out lol. Good Luck.
When I ran Windows 98, I made Quick Launch icons to organize the various icons in my Quick Launch toolbar. For example, I made a 16x16 .bmp file that had "CAD" in red letters on a white background, made a text file that said:
IconFile=e:\quick launch dividers\cad.bmp
and saved it as an .scf file along with the cad.bmp file in the folder noted. I then put a shortcut to the .scf file in the Quick Launch toolbar.
The "CAD" icon would appear in the Quick Launch toolbar without the white background, i.e. the red letters "CAD" showed up but the background was the toolbar background color. I then put shortcuts for my CAD programs to the right of the "CAD" icon. I could also make blank spaces using a totally white 16x16 .bmp.
I'm now running Windows XP Home and the same procedure works except the white background appears black. I tried making the backdround in the .bmp the same color as the toolbar but it still shows up black.
I know there is something different between icons in Windows XP vs Windows 98 but I'm not sure what the difference is. Can anyone help me make the background transparent?