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Chad writes in with a Windows question
Question:Just recently, there is shading (square box) behind the lettering underneath my desktop icons. There used to not be. I would like to get rid of this. I figured out how to change the shading color, but I don't know how to get rid of the shading. Please help??
Answer: This is a fairly common problem that doesn't have just one solution. Here are a few things you can try to see if it fixes it for you.
Right click My Computer and then click on the Advanced tab and then click on the settings button. Make sure "Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop" is checked. If not, check it and click apply, then click Ok. If the box was already checked, uncheck it, click apply, then Ok and then restart the process over again.
Right click on the desktop go to "Arrange Icons By and choose Lock web items on desktop and make sure its not checked
Right click your desktop and choose Properties, and then the Desktop tab. Click on the Customize Desktop button, then the Web tab. Delete everything in the Web Pages box except, My Current Home Page or you can even delete that as well. Click Ok, Apply, and then Ok again. Restart your computer.
Click on Start, Run, type regedit and click Ok
Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer and change the key "NoSetActiveDesktop" from 1 to 0. Close the registry editor and reboot. There is a chance you won't have this key, it depends on your configuration. Be careful when editing the registry because it"s possible to make your computer not work at all if you do something wrong.
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