Personalization Enable or Disable Drop Shadows for Icon Labels on Desktop in Windows 11


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Windows uses drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop by default.

Depending on if your desktop background is light or dark, using drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop may make reading the icon label easier or harder.

If harder, then you can turn off use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop to remove the drop shadows.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable using drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.


Contents

  • Option One: Turn On or Off Drop Shadows for Icon Labels on Desktop in Visual Effects Performance Options
  • Option Two: Turn On or Off Drop Shadows for Icon Labels on Desktop using REG file


EXAMPLE: "Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop" turned on and off

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Option One

Turn On or Off Drop Shadows for Icon Labels on Desktop in Visual Effects Performance Options


1 Run (Win+R) SystemPropertiesPerformance.exe to open Visual Effects Performance Options.

2 In the Visual Effects tab, check (on - default) or uncheck (off) Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop for what you want, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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Option Two

Turn On or Off Drop Shadows for Icon Labels on Desktop using REG file


1 Do step 2 (on) or step 3 (off) below for what you want.

2 Turn On Drop Shadows for Icon Labels on Desktop

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the REG file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Turn_on_use_drop_shadows_for_icon_labels_on_the_desktop.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"ListviewShadow"=dword:00000001

3 Turn Off Drop Shadows for Icon Labels on Desktop

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the REG file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Turn_off_use_drop_shadows_for_icon_labels_on_the_desktop.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"ListviewShadow"=dword:00000000

4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 Either restart the explorer.exe process, sign out and sign in, or restart the computer to apply.

8 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink
 

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