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09-10-04, 20:58
Did you ever want to get rid of those annoying arrows in the shortcut icons?
Just save the following text in notepad and rename to "arrowremove.reg" - then just double click and next time you reload explore they're gone. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/c-5.gif

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

;Remove Shortcut Arrows

works for win xp not sure about other versions

10-10-04, 00:45
Is this program safe and who is the developer http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/clown.gif

10-10-04, 07:24
Hi jc - it's not really a program - just a simple registry change - perfectly safe. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/thumb.gif

10-10-04, 09:57
How about getting shortcuts back http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/whistle.gif

10-10-04, 11:18
Nice one jjohn http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/thumb.gif

Tweak UI (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/powertoys/xppowertoys.mspx) will also do this (and undo) for you if you prefer to click buttons ;)

Sparky, I can only suggest you perform a windows repair (which will mean having to re-installed all updates after).

10-10-04, 13:53
I dont mind installing updates after, but i dont know how to perform a repair!

10-10-04, 14:48
THIS (http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;315341) articles gives you instructions on how to perform a repair (Method 2), but you should also read THIS (http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;312369) article before attempting the instructions in the first link. (Method 4 here may be the simpler option for you.)

11-10-04, 04:31
If you're running fully updated Windows 98, the TweakUI version for 9x & NT (http://www.microsoft.com/ntworkstation/downloads/PowerToys/Networking/NTTweakUI.asp) won't take the arrows away because one of the M$ patches interferes with the process (how original). :rolleyes:

To get rid of the arrows in this case, you can replace the shell32.dll file with the original one from the Windows 98 installation CD via sfc. Go Start --> Run, type sfc & hit Enter to pull up the System File Check interface, then select the Extract from installation CD option and type shell32.dll in the box. Put the Windows CD in the drive. The file will automatically be located and replaced and your already existing shell32.dll will be backed up in a special folder sfc creates. Then the shortcut arrow can be customised normally via TweakUI. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

The above method isn't particularly recommended though, as it will undo the updates already made to the shell32.dll file by the installed patches. So you can alternately use one of the tricks described HERE (http://forum.pcstats.com/showthread.php?t=18536) or HERE (http://www.mvps.org/sramesh2k/arrow.htm).

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[ 11. October 2004, 11:53: Message edited by: Boaz's Boyfriend ]

11-10-04, 11:14
Hi BB, nice to see you again http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif

11-10-04, 14:14
Hi Neteru & everyone. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif

Good to see you all again. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/grouphug.gif

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11-10-04, 14:46
Originally posted by Neteru:
Tweak UI (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/powertoys/xppowertoys.mspx) will also do this (and undo) for you if you prefer to click buttons ;) I got rid of those arrows with Tweak UI some months ago, and now I'm so used to them not being there, that I can't even remember how they look :D http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif

Hiya BB http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif

11-10-04, 15:11
Hi there, Nic! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif

That's what those pretty little arrows look like, if you're feeling nostalgic. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif



11-10-04, 18:00
They r not so pretty if ask me. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif

11-10-04, 20:31
I hate icons.

11-10-04, 22:44
I LOVE icons (they are like avatars for applications), but the arrows spoil them; they should be on a transaparent background instead of taking a part of the icon away with their white squares.

12-10-04, 00:43
I can barelly even notice them, so I don't mind...

12-10-04, 01:18
If I could I would replace my start button with a command prompt.

12-10-04, 09:44
Thanks for the links, i have been reading but still no luck in actually knowing what i have to do.

12-10-04, 10:27
Originally posted by Rosay:
I LOVE icons (they are like avatars for applications), but the arrows spoil them; they should be on a transaparent background instead of taking a part of the icon away with their white squares.I loved the notion that icons are like avatars for applications. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/thumb.gif

As for the transparent background for shortcut arrows, I think it's like that on XP (my XP PC is having problems lately and I can't use it to grab a screenshot). You can also customise the arrows via TweakUI for XP by choosing Light Arrows. Then they'll look tiny and be almost imperceptible. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

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13-10-04, 18:49
Originally posted by janny_c.:
I can barelly even notice them, so I don't mind...Yea me too, I needed half a minute to see exactly where arrows r.