I was wondering if there is an updated process known for removing the green check marks that overlay the OneDrive file icons? I searched high and low for a Windows 10 fix for this, but none are available.

This Windows 7 process does not work for Windows 10: How to remove green check marks from OneDrive Windows 7

I tried the same steps and even went as far as trying to remove the similar reg entries in Windows 10, but they repopulate when explorer.exe is restarted.

This is a screenshot of my Autoruns OneDrive entries.

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Download NirSoft ShellExView from here

You're searching for the entries highlighted in this screenshot. Then restart Windows Explorer with Task Manager. Overlay icons should not appear from now on.

Disabling this overlay also fixes Documents folder being duplicated in Windows Explorer navigation sidebar.

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  • Thank you VERY much this did the trick! No more green check marks covering file icons. I only dropped the 'UpToDateOverlayHandler Class' to keep the error, sharing, and syncing overlays when they occur (not as annoying). Thanks again!~gC – Massive Loop Nov 18 '15 at 4:08

An alternative tool for deactivating overlay icons is Autoruns from Sysinternals:

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I strongly recommend you use Nirsoft ShellExView.

But if for some reason you don't feel like or can't download it (maybe your internet connection was lost right after you loaded this thread)

GO TO REGISTRY EDITOR, THEN: HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ShellIconOverlayIdentifiers

The green checkmark is under OneDrive4 and deleting it should do the trick.

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The icon is in this DLL C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\OneDrive\17.3.6998.0830\amd64\FileSyncShell64.dll

I used IcoFX to open the DLL and edit the icon using the Opacity to turn them to -90%. I changed all 8 versions of the icon to make sure I got them all.

Once you save the icon file go to Tools, Icon Resource Editor and you can save your file back over the icon in the DLL. I had to turn off OneDrive, renamed the .dll, then copied in my new FileSyncShell64.dll Restart my computer, the icon is gone.

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Using regedit, navigate to:


You should see a set of folders like "OneDrive1", "Onedrive2", etc. Each of these relates to one of the overlay icons. You can delete them or rename them like "OneDrive1-D" to disable them. For reference if you only want particular icons disabled (for example only the obnoxious green overlay), their functions are:

  1. Not syncing (red x)
  2. Synced - Shared
  3. Syncing - Shared
  4. Synced
  5. Syncing


Which OneDrive icon/status is for which Icon Overlay Identifier name?

Remove Green Check Mark Icon Overlay: Dropbox, SkyDrive, & Others

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