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Transparent Desktop Icons : How to make your Desktop Icons Transparent

Updated on June 1, 2011
Desktop snapshot where the icons are not transparent.
Desktop snapshot where the icons are not transparent.

Do you want to make your desktop icons transparent? Sometimes, you notice that your desktop icons are not transparent. Look like the right figure. You see that the icons name is not transparent. The icons name background has red color. Do it looks nice? Do you try to make your desktop icons transparent? When this happen to me for the first time, I tried several times to solve it. Even I asked my friends to help me. But no one could help me. Later, I asked my senior brothers to help me and he helped me. From that time I learned that. Today, one of my friend faced the same problem and I helped him. At the helping time of my friend, I make decision that I will make a hub in hubpages and publish there as I think at least one of the person can know about the steps of making desktop icons transparent. So, this page contains the information to make your desktop icons transparent.

Steps to make your Desktop Icons Transparent

Follow the following steps to make your Desktop Icons Transparent:

Step 1:

Click on the Start menu and then click on Control Panel. From the Control Panel window, double-click on the Systems icon and the System Properties window will be appeared.

Double-click on the System icon to go to the "System Properties"
Double-click on the System icon to go to the "System Properties"

Step 2:

From the "System Properties" window, select Advanced tab. Click on the Performance area's  Settings button.

Step 3:

After finishing the above steps, Performance Options window will be opened. Select Visual Effects tab. At last select Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop feature and click on OK button.

Click on the "Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop" to make the icons transparent.
Click on the "Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop" to make the icons transparent.

Now, you will see that the icons of the desktop are transparent. There is no red color at the background of the icon text or icons. After finishing the above steps, your desktop may look like the following

Desktop snapshot where the icons are transparent.
Desktop snapshot where the icons are transparent.

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      Yash 

      8 years ago

      thanks sooooooo much :D

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      Janna Jones 

      9 years ago

      Great Hub Rancid...I never knew that. My icons have just always been transparent.

      I do have an import business in Asian and I did something similar to what you do when one of my staff lost all their icons. Maybe that would be a good blog too? How to get your icons back...humm

      Anyway, thanks for the great information.

      Janna

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