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Windows XP Professional Desktop

When I first started using my new laptop the titles under the icons on the desktop were just printed on the background normally. Now, for some reason, there are coloured boxes around the printing and I am only able to change the colour of the boxes. I can't get rid of the boxes so that the titles under the icons are just typed directly on the background. Could you please give me simple instructions on how to accomplish this? Thanks in advance.

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  • psychurgy Oct 27, 2007

    Thank you for your response, but that didn't work. I followed your instructions, but when I got to the "in the desktop items popup select WEB tab >> uncheck the desktop items checkbox" I couldn't do it because the only in that box was "My Current Home Page", and it was already unchecked.



    I would appreciate any other suggestions.

  • psychurgy Oct 27, 2007

    Thanks again for trying, but I did that and nothing happened. Is there anything else I can try?

  • psychurgy Oct 27, 2007

    yes, I did that, and then I also rebooted (even though I had checked the box that said I didn't have to restart for the changes to take effect) and still nothing changed.

  • psychurgy Oct 28, 2007

    Sorry I didn't mean "solved" for the last response. I solved the problem this way:

    First uncheck the lock desktop box. Then:

    Right click "my computer">>>properties>>>advanced tab>>>visual effects tab>>> check the box that says "use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop"...hint...it's the next to last box on the list.

    That did it.

  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2008

    i already did the instructions bit the background is still there,all the boxes in the visual effects are cheked is it natural?or only the box "use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop should be checked???

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Right click desktop >> select DESKTOP tab >> click CUSTIMIZE DESKTOP button >> in the desktop items popup select WEB tab >> uncheck the desktop items checkbox.

hope that helps.

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    James Louie Puro Oct 27, 2007

    i sorry i mess up, its the LOCK DESKTOP ITEMS you need to uncheck in the WEB tab.

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    James Louie Puro Oct 27, 2007

    strange hmmm...when you uncheck the LOCK destktop you need to apply the new settings.

    1. right click DESKTOP
    2. click PROPERTIES menu
    3. select DESKTOP tab
    4. click CUSTOMIZE DESKTOP button
    5. select WEB tab
    6. uncheck LOCK DESKTOP ITEMS
    7. press OK button
    8. press APPLY button then OK button

  • James Louie Puro
    James Louie Puro Oct 28, 2007

    nice work..you did it on your own..and thanks for posting back the best solution.... cheers

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