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removing arrows on shortcuts?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by Starryblue2, Feb 16, 2007.

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  1. Starryblue2

    Starryblue2 Thread Starter

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    I suppose this a general windows questionbut since I use vista I just posted it here. Is it possible and if so how do I remove the arrows on the shortcuts on my desktop?
     
  2. Bob Cerelli

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    One reason I stopped recommending that years ago was because it made it more difficult for people to determine if an icon was for an actual file or just the shortcut to one. This resulted in numerous times where people deleted something like their actual document rather than just a link to it.
     
  3. Starryblue2

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    The only reason I do it is because I only have programs on my desktop, I dont keep any regular files on my desktop

     
  4. Bob Cerelli

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    1. Open REGEDIT.EXE
    2. Open the key HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT
    3. Open the Key LNKFILE
    4. Rename the value IsShortcut
    5. Log out and back in again.
    6. To reset it, just rename the key back again, and log off and back on.
     
  5. Starryblue2

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    Thank you!
     
  6. Bob Cerelli

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    Glad that worked and thanks for posting back. Amazing how so much stays the same. That tip was on my site for over 10 years.
     
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