42. Remove Shortcut Arrows From Desktop
Find those little arrows on the shortcut icon on
your desktop irritating? Well here is a simple
freeware application that will remove them for you
with the minimum of fuss.
While a hack hasn't yet been forthcoming I have
located two free software applications that will
remove the arrows from the Windows Vista desktop.
They are as follows:
- Vista Shortcut Overlay Remover.
- Tweak VI.
Vista Shortcut Overlay Remover
The Vista Shortcut Overlay Remover has been
developed by Rich Crusco of Frameworkx.com. You can
download it via this link:
1/ Download the Vista Shortcut Overlay
Remover (fxvisor for short) and save it to
your Documents folder.
2/ As the file is zipped the
first thing you need to do is un-zip
it, so Right Click on the zipped
file and, from the dropped down menu,
select the Extract All option.
3/ Accept the default folder
suggested by Vista to extract your zipped files to.
4/ Once the file has been unzipped,
Click on the unzipped FxVisor
folder to display the application file.
5/ Now Right click on the
FxVisor.exe file and, from the
drop down menu, click on the
Run As Administrator option.
6/ Vista's User Account Control
will pop up for you to give the application
permission to run.
7/ Once the relevant administrator
permission has been given the Vista
Shortcut Overlay remover interface will appear.
8/ To remove the arrows from the
desktop shortcuts click on the No Arrows
option and then click the Apply
9/ Finally restart your PC for
the changes to take effect.
An alternative option is to use and application
called Tweak VI from Totalidea software
There is a FREE Basic edition
that enables you to not only remove the arrows from
desktop icons, but also to tweak other parts of the
Windows Vista environment.