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How to get rid of annoying overlay icons for desktop icons? The three main ones I noticed were the blue on white curved up arrow, the shield icon, and the two blue arrows hitting eachother. I know that sounds confusing so I added screenshots. Please let me know if you have a fix for this.

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    The shield means the shortcut is set to always launch as administrator and will give a UAC prompt. Disabling launch as admin will remove that shield. The 2 blue arrow icons means the shortcut is compressed. Rightclick the shortcut, properties, advanced, and uncheck compress. The curved arrow on white means it is a shortcut and requires a hack to remove it.
    – LPChip
    Jun 3, 2021 at 20:05
  • @LPChip Arrows does not appear when checking or unchecking "compressed" size of the link is not changing too, partly your comment seems to be false. Jul 19 at 7:11
  • @ScienceDiscoverer compressing is a feature of the NTFS filesystem and GPO may deny it. Just because it doesn't work for you does it invalidate my comment.
    – LPChip
    Jul 19 at 10:55

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The simplest method would be to download and install the Winaero Tweaker.

Run it and go to Appearance > Shortcut Arrow, where you may choose "No arrow".

For more information see Remove shortcut arrow overlay in Windows 10.


Addition by user @LPChip:

The shield means the shortcut is set to always launch as administrator and will give a UAC prompt. Disabling launch as admin will remove that shield.

The 2 blue arrow icons means the shortcut is compressed. Right-click the shortcut, Properties, Advanced, and uncheck Compress.

The curved arrow on white means it is a shortcut and requires the above hack to remove it.

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  • Wouldn't this remove the icon overley everywhere, not just the desktop?
    – LPChip
    Jun 3, 2021 at 20:03
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    @LPChip: You're right. I'll rewrite the answer.
    – harrymc
    Jun 3, 2021 at 20:09
  • Great. Given that your answer only solves 1 of the 3 problems, and my comment on the question solves the other two, mind adding my comment to your answer? I don't want to edit your answer and add it as I feel that is vandalism. :)
    – LPChip
    Jun 4, 2021 at 6:51
  • @LPChip: Done as you asked. In general I'm not against people improving my answers.
    – harrymc
    Jun 4, 2021 at 7:33
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    I think this way is better. :) +1 for the answer as it is now. :)
    – LPChip
    Jun 4, 2021 at 8:27

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