What is changing appearance?


My icons are not highlighted. What I mean it's as if they are like ghosts. When I click on them the program comes up, but I know that this is not normal. Because they should be clear and bright. The icons on the task bar, such as the sound and macafee icons are normal in color. But the icons for the internet on the task bar show as ghosts, like the desktop icons. Is there something I can do to correct this, and what. What generally causes this problem. In the past when ever this has occurred I simply rebooted the computer and it cleared the problem. That is not the case here. They have been like this for about a week now.


This question was answered on October 30, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

To change the look of Window elements

Open Display in Control Panel

On the Appearance tab, click Advanced

In the Item list, click the element you want to change, such as Window, Menu, or Scrollbar, and then adjust the appropriate settings, such as color, font, or font size

Click OK or Apply to save your changes


To open Display, click Start, click Control Panel, click Appearance and Themes, and then click Display

Your changes are saved until you make further changes or choose a different theme

Changing the look of individual items is only useful if you select Windows Classic in the Windows and buttons list on the Appearance tab If you select a different option, the theme determines the appearance of your menus, fonts, icons, and other Window elements

The Font area will be unavailable for elements in the Item list that do not display text

you should really consider a need to upgrade to windows XP.

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Posted by christopher of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on October 30, 2004