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desktop icons, have a littlebox w/arrow???

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by novatoasv, Jan 26, 2005.

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  1. novatoasv

    novatoasv Thread Starter

    Jan 18, 2005
    hello, on my main screen, i have about 15 or so,
    icons for misc. short cuts for my computer. every now and
    then, these icons have a little box ( lower left corner )
    always there. but every now and then these boxes will
    change color.....?????? whenever i use a program, Norton
    System Works or SystemTweak, or any other program,
    if i recall. why do they change and what can i do to fix????
    what are these little boxes.

    last nite it was a white box with a little arrow and now a white box with a little red, upside down check.......

    thanks in advance. novatoasv
  2. johnni


    Dec 16, 2003
    The norm. is for the little black arrow to appear in a white box, lower left of the icon. The arrow simply means that the icon represents a shortcut to whatever is named underneath, and you can right-click the icon and click Properties for more details.
    Some people don't like the arrows and use a program to remove them. But I have never heard of them changing colour or appearance!
    Probably not worth worrying about.

  3. Cake4All


    Jan 5, 2005
    Something similar happens to my icons when I am running low on system resources.
    I reboot and all is okay again.

    I tried a couple of those trial resource-recovery applications from www.tucows.com and that is how I figured out it was my machine maxing out.
    If I used their recovery tools, the icons would change back.

    So now if my machine starts going bonkers, I just save anything and reboot.
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