Re: Remove arrow on desktop shortcut icons



Mugur
07-09-2005, 11:15 PM
Ken when i open the "pif"file on the right pane i get

ab(Default) REG_SZ piffile.

is this the one i should delete to remove the arrows from the desktop icons?


"Ken Blake" wrote:

> In news:A1839F8C-303C-465C-89AE-0A594C929E1D@microsoft.com,
> Jon Hill <JonHill@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:
>
> > I have seen a checkbox to remove the arrow on desktop shortcut
> > icons
> > somewhere in XP Pro.
> > I am unable to find it again in either Home or Pro and would
> > appreciate a hint if anyone knows its location.
>
>
> No, there is no such checkbox built into Windows XP. However you
> can get rid of the arrows with a registry edit, or more easily
> and more safely by using the free TweakUI, downloadable as part
> of Microsoft PowerToys at
> http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/downloads/powertoys.asp
> (if you have SP1 or SP2 installed) or
> http://download.microsoft.com/download/whistler/Install/2/WXP/EN-US/TweakUiPowertoySetup.exe
> (or if you don't have SP1 or SP2).
>
> However, my recommendation is that you do *not* do this. The
> arrows serve an important function--providing quick visual
> identification of a shortcut. If you remove the arrows, you run
> the substantial risk that sooner or later you will delete
> something you wanted to keep, thinking that you were just
> deleting a shortcut to it. I would either leave the arrows as
> they are, or alternatively use the TweakUI option of light
> arrows, which are somewhat less visible that the regular ones.
>
> --
> Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
> Please reply to the newsgroup
>
>
>

Galen
07-09-2005, 11:15 PM
In news:AF3D0683-55B5-44FB-B8A4-999C35669422@microsoft.com,
Mugur <Mugur@discussions.microsoft.com> had this to say:

My reply is at the bottom of your sent message:

> Ken when i open the "pif"file on the right pane i get
>
> ab(Default) REG_SZ piffile.
>
> is this the one i should delete to remove the arrows from the desktop
> icons?

I'm sure Ken will answer in time but once again you should read what he
wrote. He recommends that if you do delete them (and I agree that most
people should not) that you do so by using an application. Editing the
registry manually is not the best solution - more so if you have to ask
questions. A simple rule, and I'm not poking at you, is that if you have to
ask questions you probably shouldn't. Use of one of the applications is the
safest method as it's been tried by countless other people and been done
without a problem. Not removing them is probably the best but seeing as I do
I'm not going to say you shouldn't. ;) However I'd do so with an application
if I were you...

Galen
--

"And that recommendation, with the exaggerated estimate of my ability
with which he prefaced it, was, if you will believe me, Watson, the
very first thing which ever made me feel that a profession might be
made out of what had up to that time been the merest hobby."

Sherlock Holmes

William C. Meyer
07-09-2005, 11:15 PM
Hi Galen
Load Tweak IU from MS and it will give you the ability to remove the
arrows and a lot of other nice features.

--
Have A Great Day
Bill M.

Ken Blake
07-09-2005, 11:15 PM
In news:%23M2EpejeFHA.3040@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl,
Galen <galennews@gmail.com> typed:

> In news:AF3D0683-55B5-44FB-B8A4-999C35669422@microsoft.com,
> Mugur <Mugur@discussions.microsoft.com> had this to say:
>
> My reply is at the bottom of your sent message:
>
>> Ken when i open the "pif"file on the right pane i get
>>
>> ab(Default) REG_SZ piffile.
>>
>> is this the one i should delete to remove the arrows from the
>> desktop
>> icons?
>
> I'm sure Ken will answer in time but once again you should read
> what
> he wrote. He recommends that if you do delete them (and I agree
> that
> most people should not) that you do so by using an application.
> Editing the registry manually is not the best solution - more
> so if
> you have to ask questions. A simple rule, and I'm not poking at
> you,
> is that if you have to ask questions you probably shouldn't.
> Use of
> one of the applications is the safest method as it's been tried
> by
> countless other people and been done without a problem. Not
> removing
> them is probably the best but seeing as I do I'm not going to
> say you
> shouldn't. ;) However I'd do so with an application if I were
> you...


Mugur, I completely agree with what Galen says here.

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Galen
07-09-2005, 11:16 PM
In news:uQnOAWmeFHA.412@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl,
Ken Blake <kblake@this.is.an.invalid.domain> had this to say:

My reply is at the bottom of your sent message:

> Mugur, I completely agree with what Galen says here.

<g> And here I was agreeing with you! I'd say it's something about great
minds but, well, mine's not so great. In fact it's pretty forgetful, slowing
down in age, and generally full of the oddest things at the most
inappropriate times.

Galen
--

"And that recommendation, with the exaggerated estimate of my ability
with which he prefaced it, was, if you will believe me, Watson, the
very first thing which ever made me feel that a profession might be
made out of what had up to that time been the merest hobby."

Sherlock Holmes

Mugur
07-09-2005, 11:16 PM
Thank you for your fast replys.I am going to play safe and load Tweak ui.
I did .It is the 2.00.1.00 version.
I looked all over and found nothing about the arrows on the descktop
icons.Got stucked.
A little help?

"Galen" wrote:

> In news:uQnOAWmeFHA.412@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl,
> Ken Blake <kblake@this.is.an.invalid.domain> had this to say:
>
> My reply is at the bottom of your sent message:
>
> > Mugur, I completely agree with what Galen says here.
>
> <g> And here I was agreeing with you! I'd say it's something about great
> minds but, well, mine's not so great. In fact it's pretty forgetful, slowing
> down in age, and generally full of the oddest things at the most
> inappropriate times.
>
> Galen
> --
>
> "And that recommendation, with the exaggerated estimate of my ability
> with which he prefaced it, was, if you will believe me, Watson, the
> very first thing which ever made me feel that a profession might be
> made out of what had up to that time been the merest hobby."
>
> Sherlock Holmes
>
>
>

RRR_News
07-09-2005, 11:16 PM
Mugar,
Control Panel> TweakUI> Under Explorer> Shortcuts> Select None.

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"Mugur" <Mugur@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:5A0E006D-8B4E-4399-8F9A-04806BE38FAB@microsoft.com...
Thank you for your fast replys.I am going to play safe and load Tweak ui.
I did .It is the 2.00.1.00 version.
I looked all over and found nothing about the arrows on the descktop
icons.Got stucked.
A little help?

Ken Blake
07-09-2005, 11:16 PM
In news:5A0E006D-8B4E-4399-8F9A-04806BE38FAB@microsoft.com,
Mugur <Mugur@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:

> Thank you for your fast replys.I am going to play safe and load
> Tweak
> ui.


A wise decision. No matter how experienced you are, if something
can be done with TweakUI, it's always easier and safer than wih
Regedit.


> I did .It is the 2.00.1.00 version.
> I looked all over and found nothing about the arrows on the
> descktop
> icons.Got stucked.
> A little help?


Assuming that you have at least SP1 or XP, first download TweakUI
version 2.10.0.0

Then you'll find the setting under Explorer | Shortcut.

--
Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
Please reply to the newsgroup


> "Galen" wrote:
>
>> In news:uQnOAWmeFHA.412@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl,
>> Ken Blake <kblake@this.is.an.invalid.domain> had this to say:
>>
>> My reply is at the bottom of your sent message:
>>
>>> Mugur, I completely agree with what Galen says here.
>>
>> <g> And here I was agreeing with you! I'd say it's something
>> about
>> great minds but, well, mine's not so great. In fact it's
>> pretty
>> forgetful, slowing down in age, and generally full of the
>> oddest
>> things at the most inappropriate times.
>>
>> Galen
>> --
>>
>> "And that recommendation, with the exaggerated estimate of my
>> ability
>> with which he prefaced it, was, if you will believe me,
>> Watson, the
>> very first thing which ever made me feel that a profession
>> might be
>> made out of what had up to that time been the merest hobby."
>>
>> Sherlock Holmes

Mugur
07-09-2005, 11:16 PM
FINALLY got it.THANK YOU GUYS!!!!!!
Tweak iu did it.Beautifull!
Sorry i was a little impatient but 2 hours of sleep will do it to you.
NO ARROWS NOW.Beautifull view now,like a painting.

"RRR_News" wrote:

> Mugar,
> Control Panel> TweakUI> Under Explorer> Shortcuts> Select None.
>
> --
>
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> Rich/rerat
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>
> "Mugur" <Mugur@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:5A0E006D-8B4E-4399-8F9A-04806BE38FAB@microsoft.com...
> Thank you for your fast replys.I am going to play safe and load Tweak ui.
> I did .It is the 2.00.1.00 version.
> I looked all over and found nothing about the arrows on the descktop
> icons.Got stucked.
> A little help?
>
>
>
>

Ramesh, MS-MVP
07-09-2005, 11:16 PM
>> NO ARROWS NOW

Glad you got this resolved. However, take a note of the advice that Ken
already posted:

<quote>
However, my recommendation is that you do *not* do this. The arrows serve an
important function--providing quick visual identification of a shortcut. If
you remove the arrows, you run the substantial risk that sooner or later you
will delete something you wanted to keep, thinking that you were just
deleting a shortcut to it.
</quote>

Last month I got a mail from one Mr.Peter, a tech in U.S, that one of their
customers had copied a file to floppy and submitted to them. Later the tech
found that their customer had copied the "shortcut" of the executable file,
rather than copying the actual executable.

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"Mugur" <Mugur@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:0D2BD1B7-C30E-4511-A74E-38D3632F1689@microsoft.com...
> FINALLY got it.THANK YOU GUYS!!!!!!
> Tweak iu did it.Beautifull!
> Sorry i was a little impatient but 2 hours of sleep will do it to you.
> NO ARROWS NOW.Beautifull view now,like a painting.
>
> "RRR_News" wrote:
>
>> Mugar,
>> Control Panel> TweakUI> Under Explorer> Shortcuts> Select None.
>>
>> --
>>
>> Click on Link to Add MS to your News Reader: news://msnews.microsoft.com
>> Rich/rerat
>>
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>>
>>
>>
>> "Mugur" <Mugur@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> news:5A0E006D-8B4E-4399-8F9A-04806BE38FAB@microsoft.com...
>> Thank you for your fast replys.I am going to play safe and load Tweak ui.
>> I did .It is the 2.00.1.00 version.
>> I looked all over and found nothing about the arrows on the descktop
>> icons.Got stucked.
>> A little help?
>>
>>
>>
>>

Sharon F
07-09-2005, 11:16 PM
On Mon, 27 Jun 2005 09:53:01 +0530, Ramesh, MS-MVP wrote:

>>> NO ARROWS NOW
>
> Glad you got this resolved. However, take a note of the advice that Ken
> already posted:
>
> <quote>
> However, my recommendation is that you do *not* do this. The arrows serve an
> important function--providing quick visual identification of a shortcut. If
> you remove the arrows, you run the substantial risk that sooner or later you
> will delete something you wanted to keep, thinking that you were just
> deleting a shortcut to it.
> </quote>
>
> Last month I got a mail from one Mr.Peter, a tech in U.S, that one of their
> customers had copied a file to floppy and submitted to them. Later the tech
> found that their customer had copied the "shortcut" of the executable file,
> rather than copying the actual executable.

I think a good compromise is using the "light" shortcut arrows - another
option in TweakUI. Still have the arrow for reference but it's not as
noticeable.

--
Sharon F
MS-MVP ~ Windows Shell/User

Galen
07-09-2005, 11:16 PM
In news:eGWjNlxeFHA.3712@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl,
Sharon F <sharonfDEL@ETEmvps.org> had this to say:

My reply is at the bottom of your sent message:

> On Mon, 27 Jun 2005 09:53:01 +0530, Ramesh, MS-MVP wrote:
>
>>>> NO ARROWS NOW
>>
>> Glad you got this resolved. However, take a note of the advice that
>> Ken already posted:
>>
>> <quote>
>> However, my recommendation is that you do *not* do this. The arrows
>> serve an important function--providing quick visual identification
>> of a shortcut. If you remove the arrows, you run the substantial
>> risk that sooner or later you will delete something you wanted to
>> keep, thinking that you were just deleting a shortcut to it.
>> </quote>
>>
>> Last month I got a mail from one Mr.Peter, a tech in U.S, that one
>> of their customers had copied a file to floppy and submitted to
>> them. Later the tech found that their customer had copied the
>> "shortcut" of the executable file, rather than copying the actual
>> executable.
>
> I think a good compromise is using the "light" shortcut arrows -
> another option in TweakUI. Still have the arrow for reference but
> it's not as noticeable.

Personally I go ahead and get rid of them. I don't use them because I don't
like them AND because I do not EVER leave executables on the desktop, they
have folders made just for them... In fact most shortcuts end up in a
special folder on the desktop saying shortcuts. (It's my madness I tell you
but I like a clean desktop.) So I suppose if you keep tabs of where you're
leaving random shortcuts and have folders specifically for downloaded
applications (for instance non-installed apps that I keep I really DO put
into the program files as a folder and then put a shortcut where I want it -
it's more work but I like neat/organized) it doesn't tend to cause any
problems. I'm actually a bit anal about where I download stuff, where I
place stuff, and how I keep my systems organized now that I think about it.
Even my start menu is organized.

Then again I'm still figuring out a way to wash my monitor's electron
guns... I clean my firearms after I use them so they still work the next
time I use them. I should then, logically, clean my electron guns. I think
the slots at the top of my CRT monitor are probably for that fuel system
cleaner put out by STP. I'm still not sure what to do with the TFT displays
though. I'm beginning to suspect that they have advanced technology meaning
that I should probably press on the screen (with a cloth covered hand of
course, I wouldn't want to smudge it) to make the pretty colors appear and
that process shows that it's cleaning them.

Galen
--

"And that recommendation, with the exaggerated estimate of my ability
with which he prefaced it, was, if you will believe me, Watson, the
very first thing which ever made me feel that a profession might be
made out of what had up to that time been the merest hobby."

Sherlock Holmes

Sharon F
07-09-2005, 11:16 PM
On Mon, 27 Jun 2005 17:02:01 -0400, Galen wrote:

> In news:eGWjNlxeFHA.3712@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl,
> Sharon F <sharonfDEL@ETEmvps.org> had this to say:
>
> My reply is at the bottom of your sent message:
>
>> [24 quoted lines suppressed]
>
> Personally I go ahead and get rid of them. I don't use them because I don't
> like them AND because I do not EVER leave executables on the desktop, they
> have folders made just for them... In fact most shortcuts end up in a
> special folder on the desktop saying shortcuts. (It's my madness I tell you
> but I like a clean desktop.) So I suppose if you keep tabs of where you're
> leaving random shortcuts and have folders specifically for downloaded
> applications (for instance non-installed apps that I keep I really DO put
> into the program files as a folder and then put a shortcut where I want it -
> it's more work but I like neat/organized) it doesn't tend to cause any
> problems. I'm actually a bit anal about where I download stuff, where I
> place stuff, and how I keep my systems organized now that I think about it.
> Even my start menu is organized.
>
> Then again I'm still figuring out a way to wash my monitor's electron
> guns... I clean my firearms after I use them so they still work the next
> time I use them. I should then, logically, clean my electron guns. I think
> the slots at the top of my CRT monitor are probably for that fuel system
> cleaner put out by STP. I'm still not sure what to do with the TFT displays
> though. I'm beginning to suspect that they have advanced technology meaning
> that I should probably press on the screen (with a cloth covered hand of
> course, I wouldn't want to smudge it) to make the pretty colors appear and
> that process shows that it's cleaning them.
>
> Galen

<g> Very impressed with your "techniques." ;)

My weak spot: Internet shortcuts tend to get out of hand on my desktop.
There are so many sites that I would like to read more but don't always
have the time. So "right click> create shortcut" is a quick way to grab a
marker with the hopes of finding a block of time to return. If I bury these
in folders I tend to forget about them. The upside: when I reach a certain
tolerance level (starts Windows and am blinded by blue e's), I *make* time
to catch up on reading.

--
Sharon F
MS-MVP ~ Windows Shell/User

Ken Blake
07-09-2005, 11:16 PM
In news:eqFhYm3eFHA.2180@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl,
Sharon F <sharonfDEL@ETEmvps.org> typed:

> My weak spot: Internet shortcuts tend to get out of hand on my
> desktop. There are so many sites that I would like to read more
> but
> don't always have the time. So "right click> create shortcut"
> is a
> quick way to grab a marker with the hopes of finding a block of
> time
> to return.



I don't think it's a weak spot at all. I think doing that makes a
lot of sense. I do the same thing. My desktop has a lot of
shortcuts on it, but many of them are there only temporarily,
until I find the time to get there and investigate it more
thoroughly.

--
Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
Please reply to the newsgroup

Sharon F
07-09-2005, 11:16 PM
On Mon, 27 Jun 2005 20:05:18 -0700, Ken Blake wrote:

> I don't think it's a weak spot at all. I think doing that makes a
> lot of sense. I do the same thing. My desktop has a lot of
> shortcuts on it, but many of them are there only temporarily,
> until I find the time to get there and investigate it more
> thoroughly.

GMTA? :)
--
Sharon F
MS-MVP ~ Windows Shell/User

Galen
07-09-2005, 11:16 PM
In news:%23VqvZg5eFHA.1040@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl,
Sharon F <sharonfDEL@ETEmvps.org> had this to say:

*chuckles* In my obsessive/compulsive disorder (just diagnosed by me as I
was thinking about how really anal I am about such things) I have a folder
that I put such shortcuts into or a slot in my favorites labeled "Temp -
Read Later" and that's been my insanity for years. Now if I could just ever
make the time to read all of them. I do go back and read them, often
deleting them or moving them to a more permanent place in my favorites.

Galen
--

"And that recommendation, with the exaggerated estimate of my ability
with which he prefaced it, was, if you will believe me, Watson, the
very first thing which ever made me feel that a profession might be
made out of what had up to that time been the merest hobby."

Sherlock Holmes


Re: Remove arrow on desktop shortcut icons