How to remove rectangular dotted lines on desktop icons?

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After rebooting my computer, I notice a rectangular dotted line on my desktop icon, in which if I clicked on the other icon the dotted lines will be placed there. This line will disappear if I click anywhere on my desktop.

But when I click back on the desktop, the dotted lines will be back again.

It also happens when I open Control Panel, the dotted lines are also in one of the Control Panel option, even if I did not click into it. How can I remove this?

Please help me.

I’m using Windows Vista.

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Answered By 0 points N/A #112882

How to remove rectangular dotted lines on desktop icons?


To resolve your problem, try to change the size of the icons; then change it back again. The lines will be gone.

If not, we have to use a utility called Universal Focus Rectangle Remover, which only works on Windows XP and Windows Vista 32-Bit OS.

First you need to search and download Universal Focus Rectangle Remover. Once you downloaded it, extract the zipped file and then copy the RemoveFocusRect.dll in your System32 directory. The path is:


You will get this alert message once you copy the .dll file in your system32:

Just click the prompts and you can be able to copy the file.

Then click start and type, cmd on the search box. When it appears on the start menu, right-click it then select Run As Administrator to open the command prompt in Administrator mode.

Type the following command to register the DLL file to Windows:

Regsvr32 RemoveFocusRect.dll

You will get a message telling you that the registration is successful. Not unless you are running a 64-Bit.


Reboot your computer and you will not be able to see the dotted lines around your desktop icons.

To uninstall it, open command prompt in Administrator mode again. Type the following command to uninstall it in your registry:

Regsvr32 /u RemoveFocusRect.dll

A message will appear stating that it has been removed. Then delete the file by typing this command:

Del RemoveFocusRect.dll

Press Enter then restart your computer.

Answered By 10 points N/A #112883

How to remove rectangular dotted lines on desktop icons?


Okay I finally removed the rectangular box.

Thank you for your hard working effort to resolve my problem.

You are great.

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