Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Remove or Change the Shortest Arrow Icon


A tiny modification to XP. If you prefer not to see the short-cut arrow icon in the bottom corner of the short-cut, use this hack to change it-or even remove it.To delete the icon, remove the entry IsShortCut from the following keys:

HCR\Inkfile (in “Inkfile”, it’s a small “ell,” not an “I”)

HCR\piffile 
HCR\InternetShortcut
To change the icon, go to:
HLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Icons

Change the String Value entries for the setting “29” to the path and filename of the new icon. Setting this value to blank has the same effect as deleting them, but without any side effects.

By deleting the icon, Windows no longer considers these short-cuts as shortcuts. There may be some side effect in using the short-cuts after this change: in some cases, deleting the arrow for .LNK files leads to duplicate items in the Explorer context menu. Ideally, rather than deleting the icon, just remove the file path to be on safe side.


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The Windows Registry is a database which stores settings and options for Microsoft Windows operating systems. It contains normally information and settings for hardware, operating system software, most non-operating system software, and per-user settings. Registry is used to optimize the security, enhance the functionality, modify the functioning of any software OR settings and many more.

In this blog I have tried to collect all the tweaks and hacks available on various website. I have tested many of these hacks before posting but still I would suggest you to take backup of your registry before trying any of these tweaks and if anything goes wrong while trying these hacks I or this blog will not be held responsible.

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