No Show desktop icons option

Posted on 2004-11-05
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
When my co-worker right clicks on his desktop and points to Active Destop he has no option to check or uncheck show desktop icons.  Any ideas?
Question by:jmaxa
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    Are you on Domain? I have a GPO that enables active desktop to display a company backgound, but I have disabled adding anything, diabling etc. It might be a local policy setting too. WIndows 2000 or XP. Let me know a little more info please.
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    Active Desktop would have to be enabled in order to have this option available.  I believe the default, for Windows 2000 at least, is disable Active Desktop.  This is much preferred as Active Desktop can be a pain...  The hide Desktop icons option is available as a Registry key change which requires a reboot for the change to take effect.  There are several software tools available, also, which can make this change.  Active Desktop itself can be enabled or disabled from the Display Properties (by right-clicking on the Desktop and choosing Properties).  I believe this is found on the second to last tab, the name of which is eluding me at this moment. :-P

    Note that Active Desktop is required in order to use a non-BMP (ie: JPG, GIF, PNG, etc.) image as the Desktop background.

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