Change Desktop Icon Text Background

If you have suddenly noticed that the Windows XP desktop icon text has a colored background, and it didn’t before, you should know it’s an easy fix. There are a few things you can try.

1. Drop Shadows

System Preferences>Advanced>Performance>Settings>Make sure “Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop” is checked.

2. Display Properties

Right click the desktop>Properties>Desktop tab>Customize Desktop button >Web tab – uncheck the items, click “ok” then “apply”.

3. Registry Change
I have read elsewhere of a fix that seemed to work for some people which was to change a key in the registry, this one to be precise:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\NoActiveDesktop : Set it to “1”

4. Menu Shadows

Right-click the desktop>properties>Appearance tab>”effects” button, make sure “show shadows under menus” is checked. click “ok, “apply”, then “ok”.

If the problem still persists, you may have recently installed a program that changed some Windows XP settings, and unless you know what was changed, you may have to live with it. Also, this weird type of activity can be caused by spyware or a virus as well, so run some scans. You may need to reinstall Windows to correct the issue, if it’s that important to you.


3 Responses to Change Desktop Icon Text Background

  1. Sujay says:

    None of the solution was helpful.
    Plz let me now if ur have any other alternative solution left.

  2. Mahesh says:

    Hi Guys,

    Fabulous, After having tried all the site, i found 1 useful write up is yours. It is sucessful.


  3. Laish says:

    Thanks, the second one fixed my problem

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