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Windows 7: Dotted Box around Desktop Icons

17 Jan 2010   #21
FZ21Z

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I'm confused a bit. If my desktop is the default window, when I leave my pointer on a desktop item, it highlights it, and always has if memory serves me correctly.

So is this really a "bug", or has it always been the case that desktop items will become highlighted if you leave the pointer over them?


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17 Jan 2010   #22
Slimer

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FZ21Z View Post
I'm confused a bit. If my desktop is the default window, when I leave my pointer on a desktop item, it highlights it, and always has if memory serves me correctly.

So is this really a "bug", or has it always been the case that desktop items will become highlighted if you leave the pointer over them?
FZ21Z

Yes, when you single click an icon windows highlights it just like the thumbnail you have provided; but the highlight in your thumbnail is different than the highlight in PassTheJelly's post. The highlighted icon you have provided goes away when you deselect it by clicking a clear spot on your desktop. If you go to PassTheJell's post you will clearly see a white focus box around the icon. This focus box remains around the last icon you click on (select) even after you deselect it by clicking a clear spot on your desktop.
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20 Jan 2010   #23
Frank80

vista, windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stone View Post
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This little dotted outline has just started appearing around desktop icons. I can control it with the arrow keys and use it to select icons that way.

What I can't seem to do is switch it off. Clicking off the desktop makes it disappear, but as soon as I click back on the desktop it returns. It wasn't doing this until just recently and I don't know what i did to enable this function - or how to turn it off.

I have no use for it and it looks a bit naff. How do I get rid of it?

-Stone
Try COMPUTER|PROPERTIES|ADVANCED SYSTEM SETTINGS|ADVANCED|PERFORMANCE

Turn off: Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop

- Worked for me.
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17 Feb 2010   #24
madferet

windows 7
 
 
dotted lines around desktop icons

think i found the cure , click start, then right click " computer " click properties then click " Advanced system settings, then where it says "performance" click "settings" then where the long list of ticked items are, scroll down to the 2nd to last item and untick "use drop shadows for icon labels on desktop" then click apply, then you must reboot pc for it to work. Worked a treat for me, hope its of help
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18 Feb 2010   #25
Buttoni

Windows 7x64 Home Prem Svce Pack 1, Build 7601.win7sp1Ver 3.0install)
 
 

I have "use drop shadows for icon labels desktop" ticked and anytime the white box appears around an icon (which is rare, I might add), I just right click blank area on desktop and click Refresh and the box ALWAYS vanishes after a refresh. I just thought it was a focus glitch/bug.
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19 Feb 2010   #26
madferet

windows 7
 
 

if you unticked "use drop shadows for icon labels desktop" then reboot your pc , you wont have to keep clickin refresh i
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19 Feb 2010   #27
zBobG

XP SP3 32bit, Vista HP 64bit, Seven Pro 64bit
 
 

Uncheck drop shadows does not work.

Refresh desktop does not work. Oh yes, it clears the dotted line but when you click the desktop again the dotted line shows back up.

Rebooting turns the dotted line off (even if you don't change any settings) but if you use the keyboard at any time while the focus is on the desktop the dotted line shows back up.

No, I have not found a way to permanently turn off the dotted line.
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19 Feb 2010   #28
Slimer

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

The only surefire way to turn off the the dotted focus box is to restore your system to an earlier date before the focus box appeared. That is what I did and I haven't had the problem since.
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19 Feb 2010   #29
Airbot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I just got this yesterday for the first time, and it was right after I changed my desktop background to a different picture. Refresh didn't work, so I changed my background image to something different, used ccleaners' cleaner tab, and it cleared it for me. Might try rebuilding the icon cache after it happens.
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19 Feb 2010   #30
Zomby88

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Remove all the icons from the desktop , all they do is use up memory. Put what you use on the task bar.
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