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Missing or Incorrect Shortcut Icons

by RichCNET / August 21, 2009 5:15 PM PDT


I am hoping that someone can help me with a tricky and troublesome problem. The shortcut icons on my PC no longer contain the small arrow in the corner that identifies them as shortcuts. When I create a shortcut, either within a folder or by using the "Send To (Desktop)" menu, it shows up as a regular folder (without the arrow) or a regular file (without the arrow and with the extension). However, if I right-click on the properties of either of these, they are indicated as shortcuts.

I need to constantly check that I am not deleting the actual folder or file inadvertently, so this is not just an annoyance or inconvenience (I realize some others have posted requests that ask how to eliminate the arrow in the shortcut, the opposite of my problem).

I am using Windows XP (update 3) and have tried: 1) using TWEAKUI to "add in" the shortcut (either as "lighter" or normally); 2) running PC Pitstop Optimize; 3) running the Windows "Check Disk For Errors" program; and 4) using Macecraft's jv16 PowerTools 2009 program just to ensure the "health" of my registry (which seems fine). All without any luck.

Thank you very much for any suggestions or help that you could offer.

Rich Solon

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Re: Missing or Incorrect Shortcut Icons
by Tufenuf / August 21, 2009 11:22 PM PDT

Rich, Try the following:

Right-click Desktop, choose Properties
Click the Appearance Tab.
Click Advanced button
Choose Icon from the drop-down list
Set it's size to 31 and press OK, OK.

The changes will be applied now. Repeat the above steps and then set the Icon size back to 32 (defaults). The above steps are required to force Windows to redraw the icons. Even Tweak UI does this.


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Another possible solution
by Tufenuf / August 21, 2009 11:33 PM PDT

Rich, You could also go to the link below and scroll down to line 185 (right column) "Icon Shortcut Symbols - Restore" and click on the underscored "Restore" to download a reg file. Save the REG File to your hard disk. Double click it and answer yes to the import prompt. After the import is successful restart your computer.


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Missing or Incorrect Shortcut Icons - continued
by RichCNET / August 24, 2009 8:39 AM PDT

Thank you very sincerely, Tufenuf. I did try both of your suggestions, with high hopes, and neither worked, unfortunately. I have previously tried TWEAK UI (and other various things from my post), but to no avail.

It seems like a ridiculous reason to completely reinstall the operating system and start from scratch. I don't understand why some people would want to remove the shortcut arrow anyway, as it is too easy to accidentally delete a file's original (although I could easily be missing the reason!)

I'd be grateful for any other suggestions you (or other posters) may have to help.

Rich Solon

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Re: Missing or Incorrect Shortcut Icons - continued
by Tufenuf / August 24, 2009 11:06 AM PDT
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