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Windows 7: Highlighting (On Desktop) Appearance Issue

22 Feb 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Edition
Highlighting (On Desktop) Appearance Issue

Ok so, I don't know how or why or when this happened but usually when you highlight something on your desktop in Vista or 7, it highlights as a light blue square but for some reason when I highlight my desktop in Windows 7, it shows the highlighting the way Windows XP shows it, which is just a grey dotted square with nothing inside of it. Screenshot is below. Is there a fix to this? I know it's not something major but I would like it back to normal so I can see what I highlight easier.

Please view the following image in full size so you can see what I'm talking about.

I want it like this:

Is there a way to get it back to normal? I've tried restarting, repairing, refreshing, etc. & so far nothing has worked.

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22 Feb 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Win7 does the same. You must have played with the settings or you have a custom theme.

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22 Feb 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Edition

I know Windows 7 does the same. It was working but all of a sudden it just mysteriously changed to what it would look like in Windows XP. I have a custom theme but nothing is changed other than the taskbar color & the background. I tried reverting it back to the default theme & it still didn't work. I didn't play with any settings so I'm not sure what could have gone wrong.
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22 Feb 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Edition

Well, it's fixed now. I don't know what I did but I was tinkering with the Performance Options & it seemed to work. Thanks guys!
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23 Feb 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (XP, 98SE, 95, 3.11, DOS 7.10 on VM) + Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx

For the information of others,

1. Click the "Start" button, selecting "Control Panel".
2. If you are using an expanded Control Panel, select "System". Otherwise click "System and Security", then "System".
3. In the left pane, select "Advanced system settings".
4. If the User Account Control dialog box appears, click "Yes".
5. The "System Properties" multi-tabbed dialog box appears. Click the "Advanced" tab.
6. Underneath "Performance", click the "Settings" button.
7. The "Performance Options" multi-tabbed dialog box appears. Make sure the "Visual Effects" tab is selected.
8. Click the "Custom" radio button if it is not already selected, then check or uncheck "Show translucent selection rectangle" as desired.
9. Click "OK" on the dialog boxes to close them.
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23 Feb 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Edition

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