How to Show or Hide Shadows for Icons on Desktop Easily

Posted by Britt Duncan - November 7, 2014

Don’t like the shadows of the icon displaying on the desktop? There are various ways to get around it. But, instead of relying on any third-party tools, you can remove or add shadow to the icons conveniently with several simple steps. Please read the post to find out more.

Method One: Change system settings

Step 1: Click Win + R simultaneously to open Run box, put in Sysdm.cpl and hit Enter. This will open up System Properties dialogue.

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Step 2: After System Properties dialogue opens up, switch to the Advanced tab. Click the Settings button under Performance column where you will be taken to other settings box.

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Step 3: Next, you will notice the Visual Effects tab of the Performance Options dialogue. At the Custom configuration window, tick off the check-mark before Use drop shadows for icon label will remove the shadow of icons on the desktop. On the contrary, if you want to enable the shadow effect, tick the option will do the trick.

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Step 4: Remember to click Apply button to apply the change.

Method Two: Changing Registry value

Step 1:
Again, Click Win + R to open Run box, type regedit and press Enter.

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Step 2: In the Registry Editor, navigate to the following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

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Step 3: On the right pane, locate the entry of labelled ListViewShadow. Right click on it and select Modify. At the pop-up box, change the value from 1 to 0 to disable shadows for texts. Finally, click OK button. That’s it! Restart the machine to check the effect.
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