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In XP how do you remove shortcut ARROW from desktop icons?

by josephfuentes / April 21, 2009 3:12 PM PDT

I have Win XP SP3 with several icons on my desktop. However the icons I have there have these ugly curly arrows at the bottom left hand side of the icon. how do you remove the arrow (not the icon)?

I know that with Vista you can just use TweakVI. I tried TweakUI for XP but found no similar option to remove the shortcut arrow.

Any ideas how to remove the arrow but leave the icon there?

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Couple of ways
by MichaelM / April 21, 2009 7:42 PM PDT

There is a registry hack, but it is safer to use TweakUI.

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Yep, as has been said,
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / April 21, 2009 10:05 PM PDT

TweakUI for XP is the safest way.

Open TweakUI, expand "Explorer", highlight "Shortcut", and you will see the options.


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This one hit the spot
by josephfuentes / April 23, 2009 2:11 AM PDT
In reply to: Yep, as has been said,

While I had TweakUI loaded on my system I overlooked the Explorer option. Much easier than a regedit hack. thanks!

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Re: In XP how do you remove shortcut ARROW from desktop icon
by Tufenuf / April 22, 2009 12:35 AM PDT
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Desktop aesthetics

I?m going to agree with the guys above, although I?m always striving for a clean desktop, so I don?t have many icons on there anyway. If it?s something you use on the regular, I?d suggest putting it in your quick-launch bar ? just my opinion.

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Shortcut arrow XP
by bigbob242 / April 24, 2009 8:10 PM PDT

Tweak for xp does have the service to remove the arrow, go back and look again.

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yes tweakui fixed it
by josephfuentes / April 25, 2009 1:06 PM PDT
In reply to: Shortcut arrow XP

I went back and took a look at tweakui and sure enough the option was in there. thanks all!

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by jcoppeto / April 26, 2009 11:31 PM PDT

The arrows are there so you know it is a shortcut (or so I thought). Different properties and methods (or actions) can be done against or on shortcuts vs programs.

If you dont use it then delete it from the desktop (most if not all programs are available from start>programs> (menus).

Just my take on it.

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In XP how do you remove shortcut ARROW from desktop icons?
by loucy123 / March 19, 2010 6:48 AM PDT

Thank you guys! this is so helpful..!it works like charm..
**tips** after you download TweakUI go to start click all programs and find the newly installed device ..mine appeared as " power toys for windows xp " highlight it then youl see TweakUI .then open it click Explore then Shortcut .. and you will find the options..!!! just a step by step process for a person whose not so Techy like me!!:D

still thank you for this post! keep it up guys!!

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