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Desktop Icon Toy

CNET Editors' review

Desktop Icon Toy is a fun and useful utility that allows users to customize the display of their desktop icons. The program combines a variety of features in an easy-to-use format.

The program's interface consists of a slide-out menu that's accessed from the system tray, with the program's features neatly arranged within. The online Help file doesn't go into much detail about the program's features, but most of them are fairly self-explanatory, and users should be able to quickly figure them out. The less obvious features have tool-tip explanations that describe their functions. The program allows users to arrange their desktop icons into stars, hearts, polygons, and other shapes. We were particularly impressed with the clock option, which arranges icons into an analog clock that actually keeps time. Of course, this isn't the most practical feature, as it makes it hard to locate a given icon, but it's still cool. The program has more utilitarian options as well, such as the feature to align icons on the top, bottom, and sides of the desktop. There are also effects like animations, icon hiding, and text hiding that make this program both fun and useful. It was easy to play around with features and undo things we didn't like, making the program enjoyable to use, unlike many desktop customizations.

Desktop Icon Toy has a 14-day trial period, which is plenty of time for evaluation. It installs without issues but leaves a folder behind upon removal. We recommend this program to all users.

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    "Lets you set desktop icon background color in Win7-yay!"

    August 25, 2011  |   By rookiegadgetuser

    Version: Desktop Icon Toy 4.5

    Pros

    Lets you customize almost anything you can think of concerning your desktop icons. If you have a picture as your desktop, the transparent icon backgrounds can be a pain. This lets you set any color you want, or leave transparent.

    Cons

    Not all features are intuitive. Some settings seem to revert to default if you play with Windows icon settings. But I'm still mastering this. Well worth giving the program a chance. It does so much that you need to play with it!

    Summary

    Wndows XP lets you customize the background of your desktop icons, but Windows 7 did away with this essential feature. If you have a picture (especially a busy one) set as your desktop, transparent icon backgrounds can be a pain.This utility restores full control over your icons, including background transparency and color. Well worth it!

    Updated on Sep 27, 2011

    Update: I have meanwhile (reluctantly) uninstalled the program. Unfortunately, every so often all the icons get rearranged and shifted to the right side of my desktop, for no known reason. No amount of tweaking the 'layout' options corrected the problem, and ultimately, this became too great a nuisance to bear. Very sad.

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