How to Remove Shadows From Desktop Icon Text on Windows 10. (Disable Drop Shadows)

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If you are currently in the process of customising the look and feel of your Windows 10 PC and are looking for a way to remove the shadows from desktop icon text. This article will show you how to quickly remove them.

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Desktop icons on Windows 10 have been specifically designed to work perfectly with both light and dark desktop backgrounds. White text for dark backgrounds, equipped with a dark shadow to handle light backgrounds, all in all, a near perfect system. If however, you are planning on customising your desktop in a way that this format doesn’t sit well with your theme, it is possible to disable icon text shadows.

Surprisingly there are also two ways to remove shadows from desktop icon text on Windows 10. One using the Windows Registry (the harder option) the other from the Advanced System Properties Tool (the easier option). As both get the same results, choose which one best suits your skill level.

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Remove Shadows From Desktop Icon Text on Windows 10 Using Advanced System Properties. (Disable Drop Shadows)

As this process is considerably easier than using the Registry Editor we’ll start with it. To begin open the Run tool by pressing Windows Key + R, then type the following into the tool and press Enter.

SystemPropertiesAdvanced

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When you have the tool open stay on the Advanced tab, then click Settings under the Performance section. Now in the new window that appears Uncheck the box next to Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop. As soon as you make the change, you will see the shadows vanish from all your desktop icons. If at any stage you wish to re-enable the feature simply place a tick back in the box.

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Remove Shadows From Desktop Icon Text on Windows 10 Using the Windows 10 Registry Editor. (Disable Drop Shadows)

As this process requires the use of the Windows 10 Registry Editor it’s important to make sure you have a System Restore point set. Just in case you make a mistake and need to revert back to a working system state. If you haven’t made a system restore point before, do the following.

Open the start menu, type Restore, then select Create a Restore Point when it appears on the list. From the new window that appears, click Create in the bottom right section of the screen, then follow the instructions given by Windows. Once you have successfully made a restore point, you can continue.

With a restore point set, it’s safe to begin making some changes. To begin, open the Windows Run tool by pressing Windows Key + R, type regedit into the box, then press Enter. Once you have the registry editor open, navigate to the following location:

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

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When you are in the correct location find ListviewShadow in the central pane, double-click on it, then change its value from 1 to 0. 1 being enabled, 0 being disabled. Now simply click Ok and the change will take effect. If at any stage you wish to undo the change just return to the same location and change the value back to 1.

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