The labels to the icons on your Desktop are set to transparent in Windows XP to give them a smoother look and make them blend in better with the background you are using. This is a visual effects feature know as drop shadow. If your Desktop icons are no longer transparent and have a colored background around their labels, then this technical brief will show you how restore their look back to transparent view.
For Windows XP
- Go into your Control Panel by first clicking on the Start Button.
- Then click on the Control Panel icon located in the right column of the Start Menu.
- If your Start Menu is set to the Classic View, then begin by clicking on the Start Button.
- Then click on Settings, then click on the Control Panel icon to open up the Control Panel.
- Now, Double click on the System icon to open up the System Properties window.
- Now click on the Advanced tab located at the top of the screen.
- Then click on the Settings button located within the Performance section.
- This will open up the Performance Options window for you.
- The Visual Effects tab is opened by default allowing you to scroll down the listing.
- Scroll down and place a check mark next to Use drop shadows for icon labels on the Desktop.
- Then click on the OK button to save the changes and then close all the remaining open windows.
Some computer users have a large variety of icons on their Desktop, such as links to Title Max documents or a shortcut to the Titlemax website. Too many icons can create clutter and confusion when looking for files, so it is best to organize documents in a clearly labeled folders to keep your Desktop organized.