Feb 012008

If you want your desktop icons transparent you follow this procedure

Right click on My Computer and click on properties

Click on Advanced Under Performance area click on Settings

Under Visual Effects tab make sure “Use drop shadows for icon labels on the Desktop”
check box was checked

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  4 Responses to “How to make your Desktop Icons Transparent”

  1. If you are trying to make your icon text backgrounds transparent and you are trying to do it after you have installed an animated wallpaper from a web site, you are wasting your time trying to fix the problem! If your computer is showing transparent backgrounds when using the “as is” wallpaper listed in the Desktop Display Box, it will not show transparent backgrounds if you install an animated wallpaper, say from EleFun for example. The same thing will happen when you install a desktop icon management program – it will work okay with those wallpapers supplied with your computer but will not work with any moving wallpaper off the web.

  2. On Windows Server 2003 checked the box Use drop shadows for icon labels……
    Perfect Solution!!


  3. I recently found a nice photo on Flickr I wanted to use as the background image on my desktop. I copied the image and then pasted it in Photoshop and resized it to fit my desktop (1680×1050). After doing this I noticed there was still a background color behind my icon text. After spending all morning browsing Google and all the solutions offered (including the one here) I finally figured out what was wrong.

    When saving the image in Photoshop I had used the “Save for Web” dialogue. Instead I saved the same image again only this time using “File>Save As” and picked “JPG” as the file type. Then I went to my desktop, right-clicked, chose Properties, Desktop tab, browsed to the saved image, and applied.

    Viola! Transparent icons.

  4. Doug C.
    I tried your tip and it did not work. bummer.

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