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removing shortcut box w/arrow on desktop icon

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  • Started 6 years ago by djake65
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djake65
djake65
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does anyone know how to remove the little box with the arrow on a icon that is a shortcut on the desktop. i have done it before but forgot how. thanks for any help

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whs
whs
Posts: 17584

Just right click and delete

Posted 6 years ago
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Scott
Scott
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http://www.howtogeek.com/howto.....ows-vista/

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djake65
djake65
Posts: 4

no, i didn't mean remove the shortcut, just rhe little box with the arror so it will look like my computer icon and my docs icon. no little white box with a black arrow

Posted 6 years ago
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whs
whs
Posts: 17584

Sorry, that's what happens when you are "fast reading" - especially in a foreign language (as it is for me).

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Scott
Scott
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No worries whs.

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taybay
taybay
Posts: 521

Whether this was intended for Vista or an older Windows, I will post the XP fix for this as well. Use Tweak UI, the Microsoft Powertoy. It has a plethora of useful tweaks.

http://www.microsoft.com/windo.....rtoys.mspx

To change the shortcut arrow, open Tweak UI and go to Explorer>Shortcut. I prefer the "light arrow" option, but you can turn it off or set a custom arrow.

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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Vista Shortcut Manager

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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Here's the link http://www.howtogeek.com/howto.....ows-vista/

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djake65
djake65
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thanks taybay, tweak ui did the job. thanks to everyone who responded so quick. djake65

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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Be a bit wary when using "tweak" type programs they can really mess up your system. Be sure to make a restore point before using. But better still, make the registry changes yourself, and if something goes wrong, at least you know how to change it back.

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grhm
grhm
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Yeah, i would recommend the same as lighthouse - the vista shortcut overlay remover. You can only change the one thing so it carries virtually no risk.

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taybay
taybay
Posts: 521

I am wary of Tweak programs as well, but this one comes directly from Microsoft. I would think that Windows and Microsoft's own Tweak program would mesh quite well, but with Microsoft you never know.. XD

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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The first version of (Vista)tweak would not even install on this computer. It said OS not compatible!

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djake65
djake65
Posts: 4

i run and install only xp pro on my computers that i use or sell. tried vista on my laptop when it first came out and it crashed 3 times before i gave up on it. haven't tried since.

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DLZ
DLZ
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you Should Give Vusta a Chanse Before you " give up on it " it Can be a Pain at times ( trust me i know ) but it's Great once you Learn how to use it !

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DLZ happy new Year

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jd2066
jd2066
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> The first version of (Vista)tweak would not even install on this computer.
What do you mean? There isn't a version of Tweak UI for Vista.

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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It could have been Tweak V1 I was thinking of.

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