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Desktop Shortcut Arrows

By lgreenjr ·
How do I remove the black shortcut arrows from my desktop shortcut icons?

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by ewgny In reply to Desktop Shortcut Arrows

Download tweakUI from microsoft

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by jschein In reply to Desktop Shortcut Arrows

3 methods:

This tip works with all versions of Windows, so far as I know.

1. Start the System Registry Editor by opening the Start menu,
choosing Run, typing "regedit," and pressing Enter.

2. Navigate through HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT until you find the
"lnkfile" entry.

3. Click to select "lnkfile" on the left pane, then select and delete the "IsShortcut" item on the right pane.

4. You will probably have to restart Windows. You may find that logging off and back on works.

5. To reverse the process, navigate to the same location in the System Registry Editor (regedit). With "lnkfile" selected, right-click any blank area of the right pane. Choose New > String Value. Name the new entry "IsShortcut" (without the quotation marks) and close RegEdit. Again, you may have to restart or log
off and back on.


Remove the shortcut icon:
Open your registry and delete the value named 'IsShortCut' from the keys [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile],[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\piffile] and [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\InternetShortcut]


Change the ICON
Open the key [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Icons] and create a new string value, or modify the existing value, called '29'. Set it to equal the filename, including path, for the icon you want to use for the shortcut arrow. By setting this to a blank icon it has a similar effect to the removal method above, without the side effects.

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