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How can you remove the little arrow on the bottom of every shortcut icon, except I only want to remove it on the desktop. I think I can make a small program with whichever icon I want that acts as a shortcut icon, but is there a built in way, or an easier hack?

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  • All the solutions I've seen so far make a global change. Since the shell handles this I doubt you can restrict it to a single folder/location. – Karan Jul 5 '13 at 22:33
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Check Shell Icons value 29 command:

REG Query "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Icons" /v "29"

Remove desktop shorcut.

RemoveDescArrow.cmd:

::     Clear shorcut
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Icons" /v "29"  /t REG_SZ  /d  "%windir%\system32\shell32.dll,50" /f
::     Clear Icon Cache DB XP/2003
ver | findstr "5.1 5.2" && del /F /A:- /Q "%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\IconCache.db"
::     Clear Icon Cache DB Vista/7/2008/2008 R2
ver | findstr "6.0 6.1" && del /F /A:- /Q "%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\IconCache.db"
::     logoff
shutdown /l

RestoreDescArrow.cmd:

::     Clear shorcut
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Icons" /v "29"  /t REG_SZ  /d  "%windir%\system32\shell32.dll,29" /f
::     Clear Icon Cache DB XP/2003
ver | findstr "5.1 5.2" && del /F /A:- /Q "%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\IconCache.db"
::     Clear Icon Cache DB Vista/7/2008/2008 R2
ver | findstr "6.0 6.1" del /F /A:- /Q "%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\IconCache.db"
::     logoff
shutdown /l

command line, additional variant:

REG Delete "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Icons" /v "29" /f
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  • +1 because this is helpful, but it's not the answer because I wanted something that applies only to the desktop, not in Windows Explorer. – Oztaco - Reinstate Monica C. Jul 6 '13 at 3:36
  • and the REG ADD code to restore the shortcut makes it look like the Windows 95 one instead of Windows 7 – Oztaco - Reinstate Monica C. Jul 6 '13 at 3:49
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    @leaf68 Thx! use REG Delete "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Icons" /v "29" – STTR Jul 6 '13 at 12:51

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