how to remove shortcut icon

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  1. rasso

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    It worked after reboot.
     
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  4. levyjackob

    levyjackob MDL Novice

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    Hello;
    Try this
    In the registry go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT then lnkfile and delete this key : IsShortcut.
    close the regidtry and reboot your PC.
     
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  5. levyjackob

    levyjackob MDL Novice

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    On your desktop Right clic choose Personalize ;then try one of the themes there.If it doesn't work maybe it's your graphic card that doesn't support the aero theme.
     
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  6. Phazor

    Phazor MDL Expert

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    Bad idea, because after that you cant pin anything to the taskbar and the startmenu anymore...


    But the other idea (transparent icon) isnt much better either. While it does work 'technically' its still not a perfect solution since small shortcut-icons will be all black afterwards. Ive also tried other things like using a 'blank' icon with one pixel set to 99% transparency (so its not really all blank), but to make a long story short, so far nothing worked 100%...
     
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  7. levyjackob

    levyjackob MDL Novice

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    Then try to rename from IsShortcut to IsShortcut_old.
     
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  8. Phazor

    Phazor MDL Expert

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    What difference is that supposed to make?

    If the value is broken then the function is broken too.

    This method worked on XP and Vista but not on 7...
     
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  9. Phazor

    Phazor MDL Expert

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    OK, i gave it another shot and finally managed to make a transparent one that wont turn the shortcut icons into black squares regardless of which size is being used. Its actually a real shortcut arrow image from an icon-pack set to 1% opacity.

    If you want to try it --> Attachment
     

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  11. Phazor

    Phazor MDL Expert

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    #15 Phazor, Jan 14, 2010
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    Like i said, its not working that 'perfectly'. At least not necessarily and definitely not in all cases.

    Again: Using a totally blank icon like proposed in that tip can turn your shortcuts into plain black squares at certain sizes.

    It happened to me and it happened to others too:

    Thats why it is better to use an image (preferably the real shortcut arrow or one from an icon pack) that is set to 1% opacity. Since 1% opacity cannot be seen this is effectively the same as using a blank one, only with the difference that it will not turn your icons into black squares regardless of their size.

    The one i attached in my last post works great for me, so it is probably reasonable to assume that it will work for everyone else who is getting black squares as well. It is already in .ico format (8 sizes) so all you have to do is put it somewhere (like the public pictures folder) and specify the path to it in the Shell Icons/29 entry.

    Example:

    Code:
    C:\Users\Public\Pictures\TransparentShortcutOverlay.ico,0
    If the Shell Icons entry with key 29 doesnt already exist:

    Code:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Icons]
    "29"="C:\\Users\\Public\\Pictures\\TransparentShortcutOverlay.ico,0
    Paste this into a empty notepad file, save it as shortcut.reg, then import it.

    If you dont put the icon into the public pictures folder then you will of course have to adapt the path accordingly...
     
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  12. Andrew180

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    #16 Andrew180, Jan 14, 2010
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    You have wrong end of your registry value. It should be like this:
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    "C:\\Users\\Public\\Pictures\\TransparentShortcutOverlay.ico"
     
  13. Phazor

    Phazor MDL Expert

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    #17 Phazor, Jan 14, 2010
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    Deleted the other post...missunderstood you.

    Youre right it should be:

    Code:
    TransparentShortcutOverlay.ico,0
    Im going to fix it, thanks for pointing it out...
     
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