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    LarryM Guest

    Default Disable shortcut icon arrow overlay in Windows 7 or Vista

    How do I get rid of the desktop shortcut arrows
    Thanks



    Update: Ultimate Windows Tweaker does the job easily!

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    Mark L. Ferguson Guest

    Default Re: Shortcut arrows

    Disable Shortcut Icon Arrow Overlay in Windows Vista :: the How-To ...:
    http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windo...windows-vista/

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    "LarryM" <LarryM@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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    > How do I get rid of the desktop shortcut arrows
    > Thanks



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    Buddha Guest

    Default Re: Shortcut arrows

    A small utility called WinBubble can do this for you among other things.

    "LarryM" <LarryM@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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    > How do I get rid of the desktop shortcut arrows
    > Thanks



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    Jeff Strickland Guest

    Default Re: Shortcut arrows

    Why would you want to?

    I agree that one would want to Rename the icon and remove the words Shortcut
    to, and make other edits to shorten the name of the icon, but the little
    arrow tells you that the icon is actually a shortcut that can be deleted
    without disturbing the underlaying program. If you go around from time to
    time deleting Desktop icons, it would be a disaster to delete an icon that
    was actually the .EXE file. Deleting a shortcut is a problem that is very
    easy to recover from, deleting the EXE is another matter entirely.




    "LarryM" <LarryM@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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    > How do I get rid of the desktop shortcut arrows
    > Thanks



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    Ken Blake, MVP Guest

    Default Re: Shortcut arrows

    On Thu, 3 Apr 2008 16:56:02 -0700, LarryM
    <LarryM@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

    > How do I get rid of the desktop shortcut arrows




    My strong recommendation is that you do *not* do this. The arrows
    serve an important function--providing quick visual identification of
    a shortcut. If you remove the arrows, you run the substantial risk
    that sooner or later you will delete something you wanted to keep,
    thinking that you were just deleting a shortcut to it.

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    Bob Campbell Guest

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    "Ken Blake, MVP" <kblake@this.is.an.invalid.domain> wrote in message
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    > On Thu, 3 Apr 2008 16:56:02 -0700, LarryM
    > <LarryM@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    >
    >> How do I get rid of the desktop shortcut arrows

    >
    >
    >
    > My strong recommendation is that you do *not* do this. The arrows
    > serve an important function--providing quick visual identification of
    > a shortcut. If you remove the arrows, you run the substantial risk
    > that sooner or later you will delete something you wanted to keep,
    > thinking that you were just deleting a shortcut to it.


    I agree. I've never understood the obsession some people seem to have about
    shortcut arrows. They are there for a good reason.


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    Mike Hall - MVP Guest

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    "Bob Campbell" <bob@bob.bob> wrote in message
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    > "Ken Blake, MVP" <kblake@this.is.an.invalid.domain> wrote in message
    > news:km1bv3tkgu0460dcg80nf42nfs99r1qv68@4ax.com...
    >> On Thu, 3 Apr 2008 16:56:02 -0700, LarryM
    >> <LarryM@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    >>
    >>> How do I get rid of the desktop shortcut arrows

    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> My strong recommendation is that you do *not* do this. The arrows
    >> serve an important function--providing quick visual identification of
    >> a shortcut. If you remove the arrows, you run the substantial risk
    >> that sooner or later you will delete something you wanted to keep,
    >> thinking that you were just deleting a shortcut to it.

    >
    > I agree. I've never understood the obsession some people seem to have
    > about shortcut arrows. They are there for a good reason.



    It is what Tweakui is for. I hate the arrows and always have. Then again, I
    don't keep exe files on the desktop.. :-)

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    SG Guest

    Default Re: Shortcut arrows

    Hi Larry,

    I agree with Ken, Jeff and Bob, however if you insist you can always shorten
    the name and add "sc" at the end of the original name to insure you know
    what they are and not mistakenly delete the wrong icon.

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    "LarryM" <LarryM@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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    > How do I get rid of the desktop shortcut arrows
    > Thanks



  9. #9
    P. Jayant Guest

    Default Re: Shortcut arrows

    Kelly's Corner has the required solution for XP. It may work with Vista too.

    P. Jayant



  10. #10
    Brink Guest

    Default Re: Shortcut arrows


    P. Jayant;671841 Wrote:
    > Kelly's Corner has the required solution for XP. It may work with Vista
    > too.
    >
    > P. Jayant


    Hi P. Jayant,

    Oh no. Do not use the XP method for replacing the shortcut arrow in
    Vista. It will mess things up with the shortcut overlay. This free
    program here is a much safer and easier option to use.

    http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/67...cut-arrow.html

    Shawn


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