Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Anyone know how to get rid of these dots?!?!?

29 Apr 2009   #21

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

yep already explained that.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Apr 2009   #22


Seeing the the dots on non-selected icons is dependant on the actual icon size. If you have your desktop icons set larger than the icon actually is, then you're going to see the lines.

ie If the actual icon itself is only 32x32, but your desktop is set to 64x64, then lines will be visible. If you shrink all desktop icons to 32x32 then the lines will disappear.

If you like large icons , but don't like the dots, you can replace the icon with a more scalable one.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Apr 2009   #23
Orbital Shark


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rkseagle View Post
Here's an idea, right click on the desktop, then find the selection to turn off viewing desktop icons - problem solved.
That's not actually helping LOL. Turning desktop icons off kind of takes us back to DOS in the sense that you need to navigate to where your program is then run it.

Oh....I still miss the days of MSDOS :'(
My System SpecsSystem Spec

29 Apr 2009   #24
Orbital Shark


How strange, i've just checked it again and it's stopped doing it. No dots at all now
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Apr 2009   #25

Win7 7100 x86

Ok I think I fixed it. I used regedit to change this key to 0. And no more outlines on my Desktop

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\VisualEffects\ListviewAlphaSele ct]

I should add. I didn't restart , I just logged of and back on again for setting to take effect.

Be sure and back up your registry or even just that key if you want to change it back.

Edit: Ok Nevermind as others have stated above. The symptom comes and goes. I guess my little reg edit did nothing. As ten minuites later the outlines came back.

Temporary Fix: Just hit F5 or refresh the desktop
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 May 2009   #26

7600 x86

a dll to fix all your focus rectangle woes

tested and seems to be working in 7100...

(32bit only)

Universal Focus Rectangle Remover - Neowin Forums
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Anyone know how to get rid of these dots?!?!?

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Pixel Dots ??
Hi there i have a LG 3D FULL HD 1080p the thing is the screen is just not that clear its like there is very small pixel dots all over the screen , Can be seen only when focusing and can be seen very good on white have looked around all over google there is nothing for this any help ? and i have...
Red dots
Hi all, I have need of your guidance:) I have here a old pc at work. But the problem is after i installed the ATI drivers from the onboard card on the motherboard i get red dots in screen. I tried to: - changed cable, same effect - changed monitor, still red dots - i tried to install a 2x...
Graphic Cards
NVIDIA Green Dots All over screen
This used to happen only every so often, but now it is happening every time i use my computer. I have the Nvidia GeForce 9800m GS Graphics card on my laptop, and now when i use my computer ill randomly have little green dots all over my screen. I notice it really only happens when i have my...
Graphic Cards
Little yellow dots all over my desktop
When I first boot up my desktop is full of little yellow dots. My desktop picture is there, but overlapped with the dots. The dots will go away in less than a minute. I have a Radeon HD3200 video card, Win 7 Home Premium, 4GB of Ram, and Asus M3A78 Motherboard. Is this a bad video card, motherboard...
Graphic Cards
tiny dots over icons
I'm attaching a screenshot of my problem. I read something somewhere about how to delete it, but at that particular moment i didn't have any problems with them, now they are on all my icons, so how do i delete it?
Discolored Dots?
I do not know if it is my card causing this, or if it is win7. Most of the time its not noticeable, but little red and blue dots appear on my desktop sometimes. Also when I have my 32" TV hooked up through the HDMI it gets really bad. All of my computer components are in my profile. I am also...
Graphic Cards

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:16.

Twitter Facebook Google+

Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App