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Dell Laptop display Appearance setting help needed !!!

On my Dell computer display, each icon has a blue rectangle around the description of the icon. I've seen many computers that do not have this. Is there a setting to make this rectangle go away or become ''clear''? If so, a quick instructional would be appreciated. Thanks !!

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1. Right click on My computer
2. Click properties
3. Go to advanced tab.
4. Under Perfomance click Settings
Under Visual Effect
Use Adjust for Best Appearance and Apply.

Thanks and Good Luck!

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Thank You Mr. David,

For choosing my services.

I will try my level best to help you,

First start with very basic Troubleshooting steps

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