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    Shortcut arrows

    My question is simple - Is there a way to remove the arrows from desktop shortcuts? If so, how?

    Thanks for your help!

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    Re: Shortcut arrows

    Hi Ted,

    In most cases you can do that with TweakUI from MS. For Win 98 (and maybe 95) an MS update to shell32.dll stopped TweakUI from removing the arrows from desktop shortcuts. There's a hacked version of the later shell32.dll getting around that restores that functionality.

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    Re: Shortcut arrows

    MSKB 126631 - Removing Arrow on Shortcut Icons

    and see this at Annoyances.org

    (I also have in the back of my mind (from a few years back) some idea about changing the icon size - making it something like 72 pixels square instead of 75 - but I can't for the life of me find any more info on that now.....)

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    Re: Shortcut arrows

    Ditto. Win98 does not do so well with the TweakUI method. It has to do with the shell32.dll being updated during one of the Security Patches -- and MS did NOT bother to correctly update it for Win98. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    Be wary of 'hacked' versions of shell32 -- unless I hacked it! Many users were simpy re-installing the older shell32.dll -- which effectively REVERSED the Security Patch. Some famous newsletter writers (Langa) even recommended this approach. <img src=/S/frown.gif border=0 alt=frown width=15 height=15> I hope this recent MSBlast/LovSan attack shows the importance of NOT reversing Security Patches!!

    You can hack the shell32.dll by modifying the arrow "icon overlay" to be all transparent pixels. THAT is how I did it and that will NOT reverse the patch nor otherwise interfere with the functionality of the DLL. Additionally, there is a good registry hack that simply disables the "Icon Overlay" function of the Explorer shell. And since the major utility of the Icon Overlay function is those little arrows, disabling this gives you the desired effect.

    Personally I PREFER the arrows as a security measure. You need to realize that shortcuts can be dangerous -- or even worse are things pretending to be shortcuts. The arrow overly indicates precisely which icons are shortcuts and which are not. However, I understand some people just don't like them. Kinda like seat belts, I guess! <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Shortcut arrows

    I have to agree with R2, I like see that they are "Shortcuts" and can be deleted. <img src=/S/devil.gif border=0 alt=devil width=15 height=15>

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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