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    l33t Remove Shortcut Arrows In Windows XP

    BEFORE EDITING THE REGISTRY ALWAYS TAKE A BACK-UP INCASE SOMETHING GOES WRONG! To take a Registry backup, open Registry Editor Go to File>Export and Export the whole registry, it takes around 200-250MB Space, for good measure, try to take a back up on a external device like, Portable HDD, Thumb Drive or CD/DVD.
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    By Default whenever you place an Shortcut on your desktop, for example Shortcut to Adobe Acrobat, WinXP will place an Annoying Arrow on it's left side, if lots of Icons are on desktops Your Desktop can look pretty ugly


    There's a Way you can remove all the shortcut arrows! here's how:

    Go To Start>Run> And Type : regedit it will open the Registry Editor, Use CTRL+F To Find the Following Keys and Delete the 'IsShortcut' value from them.

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\piffile
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\InternetShortcut

    It's easier than it sounds! After Doing so, Restart Windows and Voila! No Ugly Arrows!

    NOTE: For some people, Deleting These three keys doesn't work, in that case also delete 'IsShortcut' from the following Keys:

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DocShortCut
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\WSHFile

    After doing so, Restart.
    Last edited by dr.nil; 23-09-2006 at 02:00 PM. Reason: Fixed BBcode

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    Re: Remove Shortcut Arrows In Windows XP

    great help mate.. thanks

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    nice to know this info

    its a very nice tweak

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    Re: Remove Shortcut Arrows In Windows XP

    good post mate.. thanks

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    Re: Remove Shortcut Arrows In Windows XP

    great share bro
    cheers!

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    Re: Remove Shortcut Arrows In Windows XP

    needed this, thanks.

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    Re: Remove Shortcut Arrows In Windows XP

    An Alternative Way (and a LOT Simpler one) Just Download TweakUI (147kB), Install it and Run it, go to Explorer>Shortcut and select 'None' done! All the Arrows will get removed.

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    Re: Remove Shortcut Arrows In Windows XP

    good shortcut method
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    Re: Remove Shortcut Arrows In Windows XP

    great guide Raj.
    keep it up
    "Water is insubstantial. By this I mean you can not grasp hold of it. You can not punch it and hurt it. Be formless, shapeless, like water.

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    Re: Remove Shortcut Arrows In Windows XP

    this was just what I was looking for

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