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Old 03-13-2011, 01:18 PM   #1
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Hello,
I have Win XP Pro and everytime I log on, I have a dotted rectangular box around 'My Computer' desktop icon. It's around the text part only. The only way it goes away, is I have to click on another icon. Any ideas how to fix this? Thanks in advance.

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Old 03-13-2011, 04:59 PM   #2
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Can you post a screen shot?

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I've had the same problem with XP a long time ago. If it's what I'm thinking it is, then you can try to adjust your performance settings and see if it helps. Click the start button. Right-click on My Computer and select properties from the drop down box. Click on the advanced tab. Under the performance section, click on settings. On the performance options window, make sure that visual effects tab is select and try changing the "use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop," e.g. if it's unchecked, check it or vice versa. If that doesn't fix it, try to changing to the different radio buttons that say, "let windows choose what's best for my computer," "adjust for best appearance," and "adjust for best performance." Be sure to click the apply button after each change and check to see if it fixes the problem. If none of this works, then post a screenshot and maybe someone can pinpoint the problem.
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Old 03-13-2011, 10:28 PM   #4
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@chrispm84-Tried all those settings, same problem.

@spunk.funk-Can't post screen shot, if I click on something else, it will go away.

Here is a picture of it, I took:
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Old 03-14-2011, 11:11 PM   #5
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Spunk or Chris, have you checked out my picture?
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Try this: Remove Dotted Focus Rectangle around Icons
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How do I put it in the system32 directory? Can you show me the steps to do that? I would really appreciate that. Thanks.
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open "my computer" from the start menu. then go to C:/>>WINDOWS>>system32

and paste it there.
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open "my computer" from the start menu. then go to C:/>>WINDOWS>>system32

and paste it there.
I went to 'system 32' but how do I paste it in there? Thanks.
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Did you download the file as per here
You have come across the Dotted Rectangle which surrounds the last selected item in Windows. It is often termed as “Focus Rectangle”. This is minor, but still kind of ugly-looking environment to any Icon image. How to get rid of this annoying ugly-looking outline once and for all?
The Focus Rectangle can be forgotten by just adding a small “DLL” file in the Windows directory and registering it with a single command.
Installation:
1. Put RemoveFocusRect(which is a DLL file which you will extract from the zip file) in your system32 directory.
2. Click Start and select Run.
3. Type “regsvr32 RemoveFocusRect.dll” (without the quotes) and press OK.
4. Next time a program is started, it won’t have focus rectangles.
Note: In Windows Vista, all those steps should be done with administrative privileges.

After this you will still see selected items highlighted, but their remains won’t hang around your desktop or menu bars.

Focus Rectangle Remover is a free download for Windows XP and Vista and will surely make your working with windows a lot less annoying. Download
then unzip it open the folder and copy and paste
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1. Download the File Focus Rectangle Remover
2. Unzip the file and extract the the files to your desktop.
3. Double click the Setup_x86.exe
7. Restart your computer.
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@spunk- I tried it your way, and it worked. Finally it's gone. I like to thank you so much for your kind help.

Also, I like to thank everyone else that helped me out on this, Thank You!

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