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Windows 7: Desktop icon font

14 Apr 2010   #11

Windows 7

You can't change the font color, but you can change it to bold, which helps the text pop out against the background better.

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14 Apr 2010   #12

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by r2l View Post
anyone who knows their way around windows 7 please hook some input
Icon text color is always greyscale from white to black, Windows changes it depending on background brightness, defaulting to white unless white wouuld not be clearly visible.

The icon text font and a great many other aspects of the window appearace can be changed at:
Control Panel -> Personalize -> Window Color -> Advanced

Hope this helps.
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17 Apr 2010   #13

Windows 7 x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CommonTater View Post
Windows changes it depending on background brightness, defaulting to white unless white wouuld not be clearly visible.
Where did you get that idea? It stays white on a black drop shadow no matter what.

Edit: Never mind. It seems one has to log off and on again - at least sometimes - to see this change.

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02 Jun 2010   #14

Windows 7
Turn off drop shadows

One of the Visual Effects you can tweak under Control Panel -> System -> Advanced System Settings -> Performance
is "Use Drop Shadows for Icons on the desktop" (in my version of Windows 7, this is the second last item). Turning it off gives me a satisfactory result; the desktop icons now look good against my light-colored solid background. The change took effect immediately.
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24 Apr 2011   #15

windows 7
It IS possible...

Microsoft states that it is not possible to change the icon font color in Windows 7. This is not entirely true. It IS possible using a 3rd party program (Iconoid 3.8.6). You must first turn off the drop shadow effect in order to use this program, but the effect is to give control of this parameter back to the computer owner.
I understand Microsofts reasoning in doing what they did with this font color option, but to say that it is not possible to accomplish a color change is just flat out wrong. Further, if MS wanted to they could have easily left this option available to their users, but as we all know, Microsoft knows best
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06 Jun 2011   #16

Windows 7 Professional x64
Actually Solved

This is very simple to do with no 3rd party program. You just gotta know how to

Personalize > Windows Color > Advanced Settings > select DESKTOP (not icon...)
and change the color there, if you set it to black, icon font will be white and vice versa.
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