Question about Active Desktop

breezie

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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).
 

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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.
 

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

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

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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.
 

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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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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.
 

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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
 

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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.
 

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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?
 

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

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

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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.
 

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

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

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

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. ;)
 

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madmatt said:
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.

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

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