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    Putting the desktop icon captions in a blue box (XP anything)

    I think I used a TweakUI-type program to make the desktop icon captions stand out a bit more against the lovely Bill Gates "Teletubbies" background/wallpaper, but for the life of me I can't now remember which it was. I need to do this again for a new identity (<big>DON'T ASK!</big>), and would be grateful if anyone knows how to do it....
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    Re: Putting the desktop icon captions in a blue box (XP anything)

    Hi, John ~

    You don't need Tweak or any other app:<UL><LI>Right-click 'My Computer' > 'Properties'<LI>'Advanced' tab<LI>'Performance' section > 'Settings' button<LI>'Visual Effects' tab<LI>Uncheck 'Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop'<LI>'Apply' > 'OK' > 'OK'[/list]

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    Re: Putting the desktop icon captions in a blue box (XP anything)

    John--

    One free program with features that will let you make the captions color schemes you can choose for the background and the fonts is

    Iconoid by Sillysot.
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    It can hide your desktop icons also, but as I remember that feature took a delay to return them.

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    Re: Putting the desktop icon captions in a blue box (XP anything)

    You also may be thinking of ClearType for screenfonts:

    Start>Ctrl Panel>Appearances and Themes>(or Rt. Click Desktop) Display>Appearance>Effects>Use the following methods to smooth edges of screen fonts>Click Clear type. Whether you select Standard or ClearType from the list, you must have a video card and monitor that support a color setting of at least 256 colors. Best results are achieved with High color (24-bit) or Highest color (32-bit) support.

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    Re: Putting the desktop icon captions in a blue box (XP anything)

    Hi, SMBP ~

    ClearType smooths the edges of the fonts making them more readable on certain displays by removing the jaggies. The setting I provided above does exactly what is requested here and that is allowing the desktop background color (not the wallpaper) appear as a backdrop for the desktop icon captions.

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    Re: Putting the desktop icon captions in a blue box (XP anything)

    Thanks--

    So does Iconoid and several other Icon apps that are free with more versatility and I have an idea of what Clear Type does, having used it since the first Beta for XP rolled out with great fanfare and a few hundred articles and web sites showcasing the feature. If I had a perfect idea of what was in John's mind, and Clear Type wasn't it, obviously I wouldn't put it up.

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    Re: Putting the desktop icon captions in a blue box (XP anything)

    SMBP

    Sorry, but on this occasion Bruce has read my mind better and has described exactly what I did about a year ago to get that effect! I set ClearType as standard since this Dell has a flat-panel TFT screen, but I must say once you've done that you don't think any more about it. I'll have a look at the program you mention to see if I can use it for other purposes.

    Thanks to you both for the suggestions! <img src=/S/clapping.gif border=0 alt=clapping width=19 height=23>
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    Re: Putting the desktop icon captions in a blue box (XP anything)

    We have palm readers in my town to do that-- Madam so and so's. Their parking lots are always full.

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    Re: Putting the desktop icon captions in a blue box (XP anything)

    Palm readers? That's the Personal Digital Assistant being put to a new use?! We're so backward in the UK we just have Bar Code readers...
    <font face="Script MT Bold"><font color=blue><big><big>John</big></big></font color=blue></font face=script>

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