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Cannot Change Icon Font (Windows 8.1)


docfreed

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#1
I am trying to set my desktop background to a neutral grey but every time I do this the icon font changes to a hideous "hollow white" and I cannot find how to change it to a solid black. It seems that the background/font are linked and fixed. Help?
 

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Hopachi

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#2
I'm afraid that's not possible because white/light backgrounds will have black/dark text and the other way around but only if you don't use shadows under text. By using shadows under text, text will always be white.
 

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So is there any way to NOT have the shadows?
Computer -> Properties -> Advanced System Settings -> Performance:

settings.png

Disable "use drop shadows for icon labels on desktop". Done.

Using a solid color background instead of a wallpaper is safer to see this in action.
Some minor side-effects will be seen on the start screen where the wallpaper (if you have one set) will be locked or doesn't change automatically... something in that matter.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 x64
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    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    HP Envy DV6 7250
    CPU
    Intel i7-3630QM
    Motherboard
    HP, Intel HM77 Express Chipset
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD4000 + Nvidia Geforce 630M
    Sound Card
    IDT HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15.6' built-in + Samsung S22D300 + 17.3' LG Phillips
    Screen Resolution
    multiple resolutions
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    Samsung SSD 250GB + Hitachi HDD 750GB
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    120W adapter
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    small
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    laptop cooling pad
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    Backlit built-in + big one in USB
    Mouse
    SteelSeries Sensei
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    slow and steady
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    That's basically it.
#5

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docfreed

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#6
Thanks For The SUggestions..

the advanced performance is where I found the customizations. Just don't understand why the Windows software developers bury this stuff way deep - 8.1 is the most user-unfriendly OS I have seen - it's no wonder they are "abandoning" it next year.
 

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melise

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#7
So is there any way to NOT have the shadows?
Computer -> Properties -> Advanced System Settings -> Performance:

View attachment 35430

Disable "use drop shadows for icon labels on desktop". Done.

Using a solid color background instead of a wallpaper is safer to see this in action.
Some minor side-effects will be seen on the start screen where the wallpaper (if you have one set) will be locked or doesn't change automatically... something in that matter.

Changing this setting did nothing to change my icon labels from white
 

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    windows 8.1

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#9
Changing this setting did nothing to change my icon labels from white
If you refer to my post:
I was talking about shadows to enhance the text readability.

The desktop icon text color itself cannot be manually changed.
It is automatically chosen. Black or white.
If you use a light wallpaper / background on the desktop then the label text is black.
If the desktop wallpaper is dark then the text is white.

That's all.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 x64
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    HP Envy DV6 7250
    CPU
    Intel i7-3630QM
    Motherboard
    HP, Intel HM77 Express Chipset
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD4000 + Nvidia Geforce 630M
    Sound Card
    IDT HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15.6' built-in + Samsung S22D300 + 17.3' LG Phillips
    Screen Resolution
    multiple resolutions
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 250GB + Hitachi HDD 750GB
    PSU
    120W adapter
    Case
    small
    Cooling
    laptop cooling pad
    Keyboard
    Backlit built-in + big one in USB
    Mouse
    SteelSeries Sensei
    Internet Speed
    slow and steady
    Browser
    Chromium, Pale Moon, Firefox Developer Edition
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    That's basically it.