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Windows 7: Enable Transparent Icons registry tweak

08 Jul 2009   #1
reghakr

Windows 7 Pro & Vista Home Premium
 
 
Enable Transparent Icons registry tweak

Windows 7 registry scripts don't seem to work sometimes. That's why I always recommend you save the file in Notepad and save the encoding format as ANSI. That should eliminate the error message the error message, "Windows Registry Editor cannot import binary files"

I will try to provide an undo file with each script that I post however, a few will not remove the entry completely although it will not harm the computer in any way. I will also try to provide side effects that can happen when applying the tweaks.
Since most people are using Aero, there is no to change some options relating to Windows Text,colors, fonts, scrollbar width, etc

The most important one is the use of transparent icons. If you notice on your screen where an icon is on a dark or white background it is very difficult to read what the icon is.

This first registry hack eliminates that problem.

It can be fully tested by right-clicking on the desktop, choose personalize > Desktop background > Windows Desktop Backgrounds, choose select all shuffle every 10 seconds. You'll now notice a dark shadow if the icon is located on a white area of the background, making it very easy to read.

Copy and paste the following into Notepad, choose Save As... Make sure to select All Files and ANSI encoding and name it transparenticons.reg. You need to manually add the .reg to the end of the files.Name the undo file transparenticonsundo.reg.

Please NOTE: This forum wraps some lines. It should read CurrentVersion,, not Curre ntVersion.

Quote:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"ListviewShadow"=dword:00000001
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"ListviewShadow"=dword:00000001
and here is the undo file although I don't know why anyone would want it:

Quote:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\Explorer\Advanced]

"ListviewShadow"=dword:00000000
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\Explorer\Advanced]

"ListviewShadow"=dword:00000000
This was my own discovery. In later posts I'll be showing how to change the Windows Text color (I prefer blue) as well as other items related to any windowed program..Even if you switch to Windows Basic or Classic and modify these entries, they do not carry over when you re-enable the Windows 7 themes. So the registry is the only place these options can be modified.


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08 Jul 2009   #2
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

I trust you are running the 32bit RC there since the 64bit asks: "64bit Dword, 32bit DWord" when using the edit option to create the new value.
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08 Jul 2009   #3
reghakr

Windows 7 Pro & Vista Home Premium
 
 

Sorry,

Yes, I am running the 32-bit version, should have noted that.
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08 Jul 2009   #4
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

Here I ran into that snag right off as would several others also running the 64bit 7. But I should be able to try both out one at a time without fuss to see which one works better for that. This is a good one for those running the 32bit however.
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08 Jul 2009   #5
YupYup

Win 7
 
 

Ummm that is not for transparent icons, it is the "drop shadows on icon labels" setting that is in the performance options.
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08 Jul 2009   #6
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

You must be referring to these items you check off or uncheck in the custom option.


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09 Jul 2009   #7
YupYup

Win 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Night Hawk View Post
You must be referring to these items you check off or uncheck in the custom option.
Yes that is the option i was talking about, which is what this registry setting is for. Not anything to do with transparent icons.
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09 Jul 2009   #8
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

Another method for cleaning shadows under icons or desktop shortcuts would be changing the individual colors for 3D objects and other settings in the advanced section when going into the personalization. You can change quite a bit there by simply selecting that or one of the other items and proceed to the color chart.


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09 Jul 2009   #9
reghakr

Windows 7 Pro & Vista Home Premium
 
 

Yes,

I now see that that works as well.

After my install the shadow was not enabled by default, so I ran Sysinternals Process Monitor and located that setting.

Strange that Microsoft states that these options are only available for Windows basic or an ease of Access theme..
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09 Jul 2009   #10
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

The Basic is the most limited other then the starter edition you won't be seeing too much with 7 except for tablet application, netbooks there. For desktops and laptops, notebooks you will be seeing the Home Premium and Pro editions being promoted at this time with the preorder discounts.

Back in XP the advanced settings for 3D objects, desktop, shadows was a little more distinguished since there wasn't any Aero themes to start with. With Vista and of course 7 you have to take an extra step or two to find the settings seen there.

The one thing no longer seen however was the separate effects menu. The image here shows how the effects menu looked in XP taken now from the XP mode.


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