How to Disable Shadows Desktop Icons on Windows 10

Enabling and disabling shadow for desktop icons is very easy. Microsoft has added a huge shadow effect for desktop icons which may look good for some people and some people don’t like the shadow effect. With default settings, shadows appear under text on the desktop icons makes the operating system cool and make the text easier to use. In this Post we teach how to disable or drop shadow icons on desktop.

1. Open Control Panel and click the Advanced system settings option.

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2. Click Settings in Performance option.

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3. In visual effects settings, uncheck show shadows under windows.

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Drop Shadow Effect through Registry Editor

4. Open Run command, Type regedit in the field and then press enter.

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5. Navigate to the following key:


6. Double click on ListviewShadow option.

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7. Change the value of ListviewShadow 1 to to disable the shadow effect.

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 8. Finally restart your system.

  • whats up

    Thanks for article it works

  • Nick Starr

    did the above directions (Control Panel), and didnt work.

    Any ideas on Windows Explorer crashing when I open ANY file. Has been doing this for 3 years now. Sending me crazy, crashing 40-50 times per day, as this is the only computer I can afford (Asus Vivobook, Win10 Home 64 bit,. No one seems to be able to fix it.

    Is installing Linux the only answer ?