Mike F from TN wrote:
> Because I often work at a greater distance from my monitor than do most
> people, I use large icons on my Vista Business desktop. Since I went to the
> large icons, there is a faint white square around each non-Windows icon. Only
> the Documents, My Computer, and Trash icons do not have the squares. Each
> side of the square measures about 1.5-inch (about 38mm). The squares are
> transparent except for the faint white border, which indicates they may be
> some kind of overlay. I want to get rid of them. How?
Yes, I notice it here too. It looks like all icons have it that have
a shortcut overlay icon superimposed over them (that shortcut arrow in
the lower left corner is actually a separate icon, all transparent
except for the arrow, and it is displayed as a new layer on top of
So it looks like that shortcut overlay is the culprit. Icons usually
contain several different images in different sizes and color depths
in a single icon file, and in this case the large size image will
probably have a thin non-transparent border around it, that the
smaller versions don't.
This means it won't be easy to fix, because that overlay isn't stored
as a separate icon file, but as a resource in shell32.dll.
There's one exception: web shortcuts don't have a border.
That probably means they're using a different overlay icon (stored
somewhere else, in an IE dll or so).