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What do the icon overlays on my windows xp desktop mean How

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What do the icon overlays on my windows xp desktop mean? How can I get rid of them?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Computer
Expert:  Shauqat replied 7 years ago.



Thank you for your query


Please can you advise what you mean by icon overlay, what are you saying and what do you think you should be seeing?




Customer: replied 7 years ago.
The icons have a blue box in the left lower part of the icon with two forward pointing arrows.
Expert:  Shauqat replied 7 years ago.

The icon you are referring to is a shortcut icon, these are normally put on your desktop when you install a program thus allowing you to double click on the icon rather than clicking on start>programs and so on, these are quite harmless and if you do not need them you can delete them, without deleting the program itself


I hope this has been useful




Customer: replied 7 years ago.
I never had these overlay icons until I installed Norton Internet Security. Now such overlya icons are on more than 50 of my desktop icons.
Expert:  Shauqat replied 7 years ago.



Please try the following, please note to remove the 2 arrows does involve a registry change, alternatively you may want to uninstall and then reinstall Norton first


This tweak removes the shortcut arrow

  • Click Start, Run and type Regedit.exe
  • Navigate to the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ Shell Icons

  • Backup the key by exporting it to a file
  • In the right-pane, create a new String value named 29
  • Double-click 29 and set its Value data as:


(shell32.dll,50 is a empty icon)

  • Close Registry Editor.

To apply the changes instantly, follow this

  • Right-click Desktop, choose Properties
  • Click the Appearance Tab.
  • Click Advanced button
  • Choose Icon from the drop-down list
  • Set it's size to 31 and press OK, OK.

The changes will be applied now. Repeat the above steps and then set the Icon size back to 32 (defaults). The above steps are required to force Windows to redraw the icons. Even Tweak UI does this.




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