Icons without Names

By r1-forever ยท 14 replies
Jan 19, 2004
  1. Can anyone tell me how to have an Icon on the desktop and not have a Name with it? I am running Xp Pro and would like to get rid of the lettering under each Icon if possible.
  2. Masque

    Masque TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,058

    Try just using symbols that only you would know. I'm not sure un-named icons are allowed.
  3. ak_in_charge

    ak_in_charge TS Rookie Posts: 119

    I really don't think it will let you have unamed icons.

    atleast I have never heard anything about it.
  4. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,978   +15

    you could try space bar so theres nothing there (visibly)
  5. r1-forever

    r1-forever TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hadn't thought of the Spacebar, but it didn't work either although it should when you think about it. Thanks anyway for the help guys.
  6. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    You can't use space, but character 160 will do. Start renaming the icon, then hold alt and type 160 on the keypad. If you want another unnamed icon, use two or more blanks to get "different" names.
  7. r1-forever

    r1-forever TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I tried the "alt" then 160 on the numberpad but I get an "a" with an apostrophy above it. Maybe I am doing it wrong. It is amazing that you can't have icons with just the Icon itself. May I ask what all that under your answer means Nodsu?
  8. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Sorry, my mistake. Alt+0160.

    You can't have icons without names because your icons on your desktop are just Windows shortcuts. And windows shortcuts are actually regular files. And every file has to have a name.

    I have absolutely no idea what this genetics/biochemistry/cell biology mumbo jumbo is about. I just got it off Google when i searched for my nick.
  9. Thevious

    Thevious TS Rookie

    icon word background

    This is a great trick; unfortunately it doesn't help in my case. No words appear under the icon, but the icon words have a colored background. When there are "no words" there is still a character's worth of background color. Make sense? Any thoughts on clearing that up?
  10. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Assuming you use Windows XP..
    System Properties->Advanced->Performance->Settings->Visual Effects->Use drop shadows..

    This will show the icon label background only when you select the icon.
  11. Thevious

    Thevious TS Rookie


    Excellent! Hm...still have a problem though. It seems I can only use alt+0160 for a single icon. I tried using it multiplt times or in conjunction with spaces etc. but everything I try returns a message "specify a different file name". Seems This may be an impossibility!
  12. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Works fine for me.. I can create files with one 0160 and two 0160 characters in the name. You have to release the alt key after every number combination BTW.
  13. Thevious

    Thevious TS Rookie


    Yep. That worked (just needed to let up on the Alt key). Thanks!
  14. pizzada

    pizzada TS Booster Posts: 72

    I don't know all the details, but 'nodSU' is the name of a specific gene in a bacteria that 'infects' plants. The 'nod' stands for 'NODULE', which is just a lump of chemical 'stuff'. The SU is the specific type of gene. ((Kinda like Ferrari F40, or Ferrari Testarossa etc..))

    The genes give 'signals' to the host plant (legume) and determine the variety of the specific kind of plant to some extent.

    Hope that helps your computer run better... :D

    Sorry for double posting....but that was a great tip on the 'alt' 0160 !!!
  15. yasar2k2

    yasar2k2 TS Rookie

    Desktop Icons without names

    Hey friend It is easy to create it . I will tell you in 3 steps

    1.Take rename action and delete older names.

    2.Activate NUMLOCK

    3.Hold Alt press 255 . For this you had to use number pad keys on your right . That's all !
Topic Status:
Not open for further replies.

Similar Topics

Add your comment to this article

You need to be a member to leave a comment. Join thousands of tech enthusiasts and participate.
TechSpot Account You may also...