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#1 Floydoid

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Posted 11 February 2006 - 10:27 AM

I seem to remember in 98SE there was a way to change the font colour used by the desktop icons. I've looked round in the XP display settings, but the change icon font option has the colour option greyed out. So is there a way to change it?

I ask this because I tend to use wallpapers with whitish backgrounds, so the windows default doesn't show up terribly well.
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Posted 11 February 2006 - 11:17 AM

An alternative:
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Posted 12 February 2006 - 03:21 AM

I'll give that a try tq, but I was wondering if there's something like a quick registry fix for this.
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Posted 12 February 2006 - 05:07 AM

Hi Floydoid :thumbsup:

I think you want to do something like this:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...3&Product=winxp

Let me know how it goes.
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Posted 12 February 2006 - 07:51 AM

Thanks for that DT - I would have tried the knowledge base, but you know what it's like trying to find anything on Uncle Bill's Scrapheap. :thumbsup:

Do any of following to achieve the look that you want:

NOTE: Not all options for all Window elements are available. For example, the Font option appears dimmed and is unavailable for elements in the Item list that do not display text.

Under Item:
In the Size box, specify the size that you want to use for the item.
In the Color box, specify the color that you want to use for the item.

Under Font:
Click the font that you want to use for the item.
In the Size box, specify the font size.
In the Color box, specify the color that you want.
To apply a bold font, click B. To italicize the font, click I.


When I look at 'Icon' I can change the font style, but not the colour (option is greyed out).

Edited by Floydoid, 12 February 2006 - 07:52 AM.

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Posted 12 February 2006 - 08:01 AM

Hmmm, now looking i've realised you are on 98. I have no idea whether you can do it on 98, i think those instructions may be for XP.
I recommend you try what tg1911 said.
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Posted 12 February 2006 - 09:28 AM

Ummm, I'm on XP.
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Posted 12 February 2006 - 09:32 AM

Hmmm....I'll wait to see what tg1911 recommends.
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Posted 13 February 2006 - 10:03 AM

AhA! I have discovered the secret of the greyed out font dialog (Start...Control Panel...Display...Appearance tab...Advanced button)!

After much f*rting around with this I started clicking on the window with my mouse in frustration. Amazingly, if you click on the picture of the windows above the Item and Font dialog boxes - the font option will "ungrey" and you'll be able to adjust it!

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Posted 13 February 2006 - 11:53 AM

Other than a third party application, I don't believe you can change the color of the text, on the desktop icons.

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Posted 13 February 2006 - 12:23 PM

Other than a third party application, I don't believe you can change the color of the text, on the desktop icons.


Well presumably they make a modification to the registry, if only we could fathom what that modification might be, I'd have no qualms about trying it.

@usasma, I tried fiddling about as you suggested, but still only end up with a greyed out box for icon font colour.

Maybe it's time I changed my wallpaper instead (tho I would like to get to the bottom of this).

Edited by Floydoid, 13 February 2006 - 12:24 PM.

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Posted 13 February 2006 - 12:30 PM

well I just tested out usasma's fix.. it was greyed out for me and when I clicked like he said the color box appeared and i was able to change the font color for my desktop icons. hehehe

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Posted 13 February 2006 - 03:16 PM

Floydoid - d'you have any performance or tweaking programs running? They might have set the registry keys for this so that you can't change it. I tried it on 2 systems and it worked just fine.
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Posted 13 February 2006 - 03:55 PM

I still can't get your suggestion to work, and no I don't have any tweaking programs running - I try not to have un-necessary stuff running the background if at all possible.
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Posted 13 February 2006 - 10:51 PM

Do you have SP2 installed?




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