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Windows 7: Shortcut Arrow - Change, Remove, or Restore

06 Feb 2009   #209
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Shortcut Arrow - Change, Remove, or Restore

How to Change, Remove, or Restore the Shortcut Arrow Overlay Icon in Windows


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07 Dec 2012   #210
LoveSunrises

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Hello Brink!!! Yes everything is fine when AV program is enabled!!! Yippeee!!!!

You have been wonderful!!!

Is this the place to get advise on a good AV free program for my operating system? I would like to keep dealing with you because you sure know your stuff!!!!

Best regards,

LoveSunrises


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07 Dec 2012   #211
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Great news.

Go ahead and create a new thread in System Security for the AV since it's off topic from the tutorial, and I'll be happy to help there.
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07 Dec 2012   #212
LoveSunrises

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Hehehe Brink meet ya there

Thank you Brink I just posted my thread
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07 Dec 2012   #213
CCx

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote:
Cyd,

I'm not sure why it's doing that in only that location. You might see if you may have the same issue that LoveSunrises did with her AV program, and temporarily disable it while using the program in OPTION ONE.
Love Sunrise posts a little scattered and difficult for me to follow the issue she had... will let it go, and just get used to the default arrows on browse. I did disable AVG and do a clean Option 1 install, but had tried that before posting here...

Thanks for your help
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07 Dec 2012   #214
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Cyd,

Sorry I couldn't help with it.
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08 Feb 2013   #215
endeavor

WXP/Vista/Win7/Win8
 
 
Made a new icon for this program

I've always liked this Vista Shortcut Overlay Manager program that Brink has available on his first post.
I also used to like to do the procedure manually too, but this program has always made it much easier to swap icons around when I want to test different ones for shortcut overlays, and so these days I much prefer to use this program instead.

One of my favorite icons in it is the Light option that you can choose, it's inner 32x32 icon looks great on the Desktop especially over the yellow folders, etc, but sometimes it gets engulfed in a similar icon color scheme and makes it harder to see that it's a shortcut. This is very evident even more-so when you open up Explorer and the smaller 16x16 size is in use - and it's here that the Light version is even more visually problematic to differentiate its shortcuts on similar colored icons. Frustrated by this I would always go back to it's old standby given which is the wxpArrow.ico which we've been very familiar with and because of it's squared outlined backdrop you could always tell a shortcut no matter where you were.

I've always wanted to find something similar as the wxpArrow.ico way, because when you're using Windows 7 for instance, you want to have something New Looking but still be effective as that old one.

Today using IcoFX I've come up with an interim solution for now, and have made a new icon that gives me a little of both worlds, with the same functional design of the wxp original but with a little Windows 7 flavor to it.
It's nothing real fancy but I like it better than the original wxp color style.
Here's a 'screenshot' comparison of the wxp original to the new 7 style of it:
Name:  wxp-wxp7.jpg
Views: 274
Size:  8.2 KB

If you like the new wxpArrow7.ico too, I'll share and you can download it here:
wxpArrow7.zip
Just unzip and place the wxpArrow7.ico file into:
C:\Program Files\Frameworkx\Vista Shortcut Manager
..and then run the program as usual choosing the Custom Arrow option, and selecting to use wxpArrow7.ico and click apply, and let it logoff/logon to use it.
In the rare event that you don't see it show up after logon, then you can use this Excellent! program to re-build your Icon Cache, you can read about it here: Rebuild Icon Cache
...which you should do every so often anyway, as well if you already haven't you can increase your icon cache size as well for its benefits, you can read about it here: Increase your icon-cache size
Anyway definitely after rebuilding your icon-cache you will see it if you hadn't already the first time.

Hope you enjoy it.


Attached Files
File Type: zip wxpArrow7.zip (435 Bytes, 40 views)
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13 Feb 2013   #216
remm

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 
This worked for me

Using W764 Ultimate and had removed the shortcut arrow so long ago I don't remember what method I used. But tonight I suddenly got black square icons in my folders (Details View), while Desktop icons were fine. The method to fix this was to delete the Shell Icons key. When I rebooted the black icon problem was fixed, but the shortcut arrow was back (reverted to the default).

I tried the methods in the OP (except for Option Two because it did not note the icon number required to remove the arrow)... but whenever the shortcut arrow got fixed, the black icons would return. (Also the "Blank.ico" would not stay transparent. It kept turning black while I had no "UNBLOCK" button on the General tab which was supposed to indicate it was already unblocked.)

Then I tried the following which finally worked. It's basically Option Two but with the actual number required to remove the arrow:


1. regedit to (or create the following key):
HKLM/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Explorer/Shell Icons

2. If there is a value already named "29" click on it to modify it.
If there is not a "29" value listed, right-click on blank space -> New -> String Value
and name it "29". Then click on it to modify it.

3. Under "Value Data" paste the following:
C:\Windows\System32\shell32.dll,50

Reboot. (You can try logging out and back in but best to reboot.)
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13 Feb 2013   #217
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Thank you Remm. I've updated OPTION TWO a bit more to help make it even more useful.
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13 Feb 2013   #218
remm

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 
Fix For Black Icons in Explorer

You're welcome and happy to help.

A final note here because it might help someone else...

After that fix worked I later rebooted and the icons in Explorer for program shortcuts (vs folder icons) were black squares again, though Desktop icons were fine (and no arrow of course). The icons would appear in full color for a split second, then would be repainted in black. FTR I use Explorer in Details view.

After trying dozens of fixes from rebuilding icon and thumb caches to dancing a jig with a beer stein on my head, I finally found the problem. I had changed the display of text under Personalization/Display/"Set Custom Text Size" from the default of 100% to a custom 110% which Windows apparently can't scale up to properly when it comes to displaying icons in Explorer. When I chose 100% the icons in Explorer were displayed properly again, as they are with the other Windows-provided choice of 125%. I don't know why Windows offers the option to enter a custom percentage for text if it's going to screw up Explorer-icon-display, but maybe there is some extenuating circumstance on my system that prevents it from scaling the icons properly.

IAC if you have black icons in Explorer and can't figure out why and nothing else works, try right-clicking on Desktop -> Personalize -> Display -> "Set Custom Text Size (DPI)" and chose one of the defaults you are not already using and see if that fixes it. If you are already using one of the defaults, chose a different default, then log off/back on and switch back to the default of choice.

As always, thanks to all for all the great help here.
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13 Feb 2013   #219
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Interesting solution Remm. Thank you for sharing.
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