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#1 shrimp

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Posted 30 November 2005 - 03:20 PM

hey,
does anyone know how to make the labels underneath the icons on the desktop transparent? i am running xp sp1
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Posted 30 November 2005 - 03:28 PM

Go to the Display Properties. Letf click on the Desktop>Properties>Desktop. Lower right select the color closest to the desktop image and set to stretch.
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Posted 30 November 2005 - 08:26 PM

why not remove them completely and stash them on a quick launch bar in your taskbar ?

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Posted 30 November 2005 - 09:38 PM

Thats how I have them also. But to each his own. All I have is the recycle run on the desk top.
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Posted 30 November 2005 - 11:31 PM

cheers guys. thanks for the quick reply as well. have stumbled across a problem however, can change the colour and stretch it, however the box where you chose the background image wont let me select anything
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Posted 01 December 2005 - 11:55 AM

Another option you could try is Iconoid.
I've been using it for a few years now, with no problems.
It's freeware.

Iconoid is a Windows desktop icon manager.

* Make icon backgrounds transparent
* Select any color for icon backgrounds
* Save and Restore Icon positions for each (or every) screen resolution
* Select any color for icon text
* Automatically or manually select the best color for the text background
* Dynamically hide icons when you don't need them and show them when you do
* Quickly minimize all windows so that you can see your desktop wallpaper.

Just run your mouse over the tabs in the image, on the home page, to see available options.
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Posted 01 December 2005 - 05:59 PM

cheers t. good program. the problem with my wallpaper selection turned out to be something to do with spysheriff. however, followed the spy sheriff removal tutorial on this site and all is fine. good work. cheers again.
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Posted 01 December 2005 - 06:04 PM

reckon the sillyware thing could catch on too :thumbsup:
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Posted 02 December 2005 - 12:32 PM

You're welcome, shrimp.
Glad to be of help.
Yeah, I like his URL; sillysot.com :thumbsup:
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Posted 04 December 2005 - 02:43 AM

Hey tg, thanx for the Iconoid program, but i have an issue with it.

If i right click anywhere on the desktop or anywhere in a folder, the drop down menu is faded until i move my mouse on it. I can't seem to find any option to fix this, and it only started happending after i installed the program.

Is there a check box i'm missing or something, or is this a permanent downside? I find it annoying...

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Posted 04 December 2005 - 01:43 PM

Heretic Monkey,
I've never experienced this problem.
All I can suggest is:
Play around with the program options.
Play with the settings under My Computer/ Properties/Advanced/Performance.
(Mine is set to Custom, with Smooth edges of screen fonts, Use common tasks in folders, Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop, and Use visual styles on windows and buttons checked.)
Try a fresh download and reinstall.
Contact the creator with your problem.

I'm also using an older version (v 3.4.1), which can be found in the archive.
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Posted 04 December 2005 - 02:04 PM

Thanx tg, didn't think the program would affect any of my actual default settings....

Now, as for the screensaver..... yeah, it never came up after 30 minutes. I checked all my ss settings, and it's all normal. Checked through the iconoid options, and nothing about a screensaver (downloaded the version you're running).

Once again, any help for the helpless?

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Posted 04 December 2005 - 02:32 PM

I don't use a screensaver, Heretic Monkey, so I can't comment on that.
Try contacting the developer, explaining everything you did.
Could just be a simple fix, something that's being overlooked.
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Posted 04 December 2005 - 09:36 PM

I could be a background program that is intefering with your screensaver... but I also have long with out using one mainly because that happen to my screensaver....
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Posted 13 December 2005 - 04:51 PM

A quick read of this thread did not find an exact answer to the original question, how to make the colored box under his icon titles transparent. (Of course, I could be blind and missed it.) So for the original poster or for anyone else looking for an answer to the question I would like to add the following to this thread:

Here's how to remove that border so that the text looks like it's written right on your wallpaper:

Open System Properties in Control Panel, choose the Advanced tab, and click Settings in the Performance section. Turn on the Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop option, and click Ok


Changing the color of the box would not work for me as I have Microsoft's beta Wallpaper Changer set to change the wallpaper every 15 minutes. Transparent is the best for me.
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