Want to Get Rid of Shortcut Arrows

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Pat, Feb 5, 2009.

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    Pat Guest

    I detest those shortcut arrows that get put on all the desktop icons. I used
    Tweak UI in XP to get rid of them but can't find anything that works in
    Vista. I tried Frameworkx that did absolutely nothing. Are there any easy

    Pat, Feb 5, 2009
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    Kayman Guest

    Google for: vista shortcut arrows
    Kayman, Feb 5, 2009
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    Spikey Guest

    There is an earlier reply on this topic on 17/01/09 at 04:51 by a poster
    called cqui3 (you can search for it).

    This suggested that the version of tweakui for windows 2000 was workable in
    Vista. Please note I haven't tried it out and there may be underlying
    problems even if it appears to install and work.
    Spikey, Feb 6, 2009
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    Bob D. Guest

  5. You can get rid of the arrows with a registry edit.

    However, my 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 would leave
    the arrows as they are.
    Ken Blake, MVP, Feb 6, 2009
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    Cheri Guest

    That makes a great deal of sense to me.

    Cheri, Feb 6, 2009
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    Ian D Guest

    Tweakui version 1.33 for Win2k will work with 32 bit Vista. It won't
    remove the shortcut arrows completely, (gives weird results), but
    using small arrows will place tiny unobtrusive arrows on the icons.
    This is useful because you will still know what's a real shortcut
    without noticeable arrows. Tweakui will also prevent "Shortcut to"
    on the icon labels. Other Tweakui functions also work on 32 bit
    Vista. It does not work with 64 bit Vista.
    Ian D, Feb 6, 2009
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    Tyro Guest

    What is your objection to the reminder that the icon is not the object but
    just a pointer to the object? If you delete the shortcut, the object
    remains. If you delete the object, it is gone. On my desktop all icons are
    shortcuts, save one. I can immediately tell the difference.

    Tyro, Feb 6, 2009
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    LVTravel Guest

    If you are familiar with Tweak UI for XP there is a freeware version called
    TweakVI offered at www.totalidea.com. Have used with success to tweak many
    of Vista's settings.
    LVTravel, Feb 6, 2009
  10. go to

    download the tool

    go to start/all programs/frameworks/vista shortcut overlay remover/fxvisor
    double click

    select which option you want press apply

    if you get an error message press continue

    restart the arrows should be gone

    I just did it and it works fine

    If you are familiar with Tweak UI for XP there is a freeware version called
    TweakVI offered at www.totalidea.com. Have used with success to tweak many
    of Vista's settings.
    George Valenti, Feb 6, 2009
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    +Bob+ Guest

    If there's only one, I would think you'd be able to remember the
    difference without a special indicator.

    Personally, I find the arrows annoying too. The previously posted link
    get you to a good program to dispose of them.
    +Bob+, Feb 6, 2009
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    Tyro Guest

    I've seen some desktops with over 30 icons and about half were shortcuts and
    half weren't. I was only giving an example.

    Tyro, Feb 6, 2009
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    cboz Guest

    I think the objection is to being able to modify or remove it if you
    desire... Microsoft makes it way too hard when it should be a personal
    option. Just my opinion.
    cboz, Apr 30, 2009
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