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Hate Those Shortcut Arrows on your Windows 10 Desktop?!

By APsit190, 16 December 2015 · 1,604 views

Are you one of those who hate shortcut arrows on your Desktop icons in Windows 10? I am of those who do hate them as they make the icons look messy and ugly.

Now, for the next question: Would you like to know how to get rid of those ugly looking things? Well the obvious answer is, "of coarse I want to know," as you hate those ghastly things like I do.

Well, here is a fix to have them totally gone, done and dusted, never to return. But before going into this, here is a screenshot of my Desktop with all the horrible shortcut arrows eliminated

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Looks really cool, hey! No more arrows.

OK, here is how its done:
  • Open regedit (Windows' Registry Editor)
  • Once in the Registry Editor Navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
    • Then navigate to: Software
    • Once in Software, then navigate to: Microsoft
    • Once in Microsoft, then navigate to: Windows
    • Once in Windows, then navigate to: Current Version
    • Once in Current Version, then navigate to: Explorer
  • Then right click on the Explorer folder (also known as Key), and then
    • Select New in the context menu
    • Click on Key in the submenu
    • A new key (folder) will be created at the bottom of the Explorer folder called, New Key #1
    • Right click on that new key, and then click on Rename in the context menu item
    • Then type in the new name as, Shell Icons
  • In the Shell Icons key (folder), right click in the right hand panel, and select New in the context menu
    • In the submenu, Click on the New String Value submenu item
    • Type in the String Value, 29 and hit the Enter Key twice
    • In the Value data text box, type in the value, %windir%\System32\shell32.dll,-50
  • Close the Registry Editor
  • Reboot (restart) your computer.
And with that, ladies and gentlemen, you will have beautiful clean icons on your Desktop.

If you wish to, you may copy this information for your own use, and you may distribute it to anyone you want to give it to. I can't claim copyright on this, as it is free information from the Windows 10 MSDN community.

Blessings,
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