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

27 Aug 2013   #250
SimonR

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Thanks - I didn't know about that, but have just tried it, and exactly the same thing happens. I'm the only user, so am a 'normal' Administrator anyway. I've even tried disabling my security product, F-Secure Internet Security, and that made no difference either.

It's these Folder icons over the Desktop icons that's puzzling me. Where are those coming from? It's like the shortcut icons are being substituted for something else, somehow.

I assume this is supposed to work by the shortcut arrow being replaced by a transparent image?


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27 Aug 2013   #251
SimonR

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Ping!! Lightbulb moment alert!! I've worked out what it is. I'm using a custom text size (110%), as I was having trouble reading a lot of the very small, thin text in Windows 7, and that must also change the size of some of the icons. When I revert back to the default 100% text size (Personalize > Display), the black boxes are gone and the icons display as intended, without the shortcut arrow.

So, if that's the reason, is there a solution? Resize Blank.ico, perhaps? But, to what? And would that then screw up the desktop icons?
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27 Aug 2013   #252
SimonR

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

OK, I've got so far, now I'm stumped. When I open Blank.ico in Adobe Elements, it says there are four icon sizes within the file. The smallest is 16x16, so I assume this is the one that needs to be resized, if my theory is correct. But how do I resize just that one, and leave the other three as they were? I can resize it to 110%, but when I save the file, it asks if I want to save as a normal .ico file or a .png. Whichever I save as, produces just one file, sized just over 16x16. So, do I just need to resize all of them?

Anyway, Zeberdee says it's time for bed, so I will have to resume this tomorrow.

Thanks for the help so far!

Simon.
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27 Aug 2013   #253
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Odd. Normally, your DPI settings shouldn't have any affect on this.

Let's see how using the transparent option in OPTION TWO may work for you instead.

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28 Aug 2013   #254
SimonR

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Cool, that seems to have worked.

Many thanks!

Simon.
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28 Aug 2013   #255
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're welcome Simon. That's great news.
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28 Aug 2013   #256
SimonR

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Unfortunately, the good news was only temporary. Now, every time I boot up, I'm getting black boxes all over my Desktop, which is worse then ever before. If I rebuild the icon cache, the icons go back to normal, without the arrow, but I don't want to have to do that each time I start my machine. How can I remove all that I've done, and start again with this? I never had this problem with XP, and I'm really starting to dislike Windows 7!

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28 Aug 2013   #257
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Sorry to hear that. You might consider doing a repair install to see if it will work properly after trying to change the arrow again.
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28 Aug 2013   #258
SimonR

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

I don't really want to have to resort to that, if I can help it.
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28 Aug 2013   #259
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I can understand that. Do you have a restore point dated before you had these issues available?
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