Question about Active Desktop

Discussion in 'Desktop Customisation' started by breezie, Jan 7, 2004.

  1. breezie

    breezie OSNN Addict

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    Is it possible to make the active desktop background transparent? I've tried using scripts that make the html file transparent and even went so far as to make a bg that uses a transparent GIF image but it seems like its two layers (the color you set your background color under display settings two).
     
  2. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    It's not. Not to my knowledge anyway.
     
  3. breezie

    breezie OSNN Addict

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    bummer =\
     
  4. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    The only way to achieve it is to set the background of the active desktop to the image you're using as your wallpaper, but that either requires a full active desktop, or a lot of messing about with positioning etc.
     
  5. breezie

    breezie OSNN Addict

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    that wouldnt fix the weird colored shadows i get over my icons though =\
     
  6. Grandmaster

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    Can we see a screenshot please? Just to see what your talking about.
     
  7. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

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    There isn't a known way to solve the icon problem. One way to get around it is by creating images of your icons and using hyperlinks to access them.
     
  8. breezie

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    here's a screenshot of what i mean - does the same thing if i make html file with transparent background too.

    yea i didnt think there was a way and making html icons is a bit too tedious for me and wont give me the same result i wanted- hehe
     

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  9. Grandmaster

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    I can't be that tedious. :p

    Just take a screen cap by pressing Print Screen, open up Paint, Photoshop, other graphics program, crop them.

    Then just make the hyperlinks.
     
  10. thebear

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    get Y'z Dock, add ur icons, make it fully transparent, set the size right, set it to no zoom and u're set
     
  11. madmatt

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    thebear, that's not what he is trying to accomplish.

    SB is right, there is no way to make the background transparent. NR and o_87 have the right idea, that would be your best bet.

    Signed... the active desktop god.
     
  12. breezie

    breezie OSNN Addict

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    hehe but i like my icons- right clicking them and moving around- with them as Hyperlink images- i lose that don't i?
     
  13. madmatt

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    Yes, you cannot "drag and drop" them if they are hyper links.
     
  14. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

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    You would also lose the context-sensitive right click menu for icons like My Computer or the Recycle Bin.
     
  15. madmatt

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    Good point; you would have an IE context menu for the desktop unless you used a JavaScript that disables right clicks.
     
  16. Lighter

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    Not necessarily, you could script them (context items) back in if you had the time...like I once did. :)

    *edit my first post since re-registering and I already had a typo. :mad:
     
  17. madmatt

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    It is too bad you gave up on active desktop, your creations beat mine by a long shot.
     
  18. Lighter

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    Hey, all my stuff was built on your tutorial. Who knows, I may dabble in it again in the near future...if you persist in adding updates and reveal more of your unsolved AD secrets. ;)
     
  19. thebear

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    you're right, thats not exaclty what he wants to do - but it will do the exact same thing