Changes in the 'arrow' displayed on desktop icons


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This isn't extremely urgent but I wonder if MicroSoft has a random appearance change going on just to spice up the desktop. Recently, I've noticed a change in the 'arrow' displayed on desktop icons. They randomly change as displayed in the attached jpgs. Does anyone know why they randomly change? The first image is what is normally displayed, the second is a changed icon, and the third shows the second image changed back.
Normal icons.jpgChanged icon 1.jpgchanged 2.jpg
 

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everything is normal here despite not using shortcut arrows on my icons anymore.
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I went in the registry and created Shell Icons folder in Explorer name value 29 pointing at C:/Windows/blank.icon. Even though the blank.icon is in the 'correct' place in the Windows root directory, rebooting did not remove the arrows. Any ideas why? Running Windows 11 Pro v21H2 build 22000.652.
 

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I use the portable version of winaero tweaker to remove shortcut icons. You have to scroll to the bottom and find 'shortcuts'
 

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Tried the registry edit, didn't work. Tried Winaero, didn't work. Tried JMedlock83's suggestion, didn't work. Guess I'll give up. Thanks for your help.
 

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I went in the registry and created Shell Icons folder in Explorer name value 29 pointing at C:/Windows/blank.icon. Even though the blank.icon is in the 'correct' place in the Windows root directory, rebooting did not remove the arrows. Any ideas why? Running Windows 11 Pro v21H2 build 22000.652.
Also i m running Windows 11 Pro v21H2 build 22000.652. Winaero tweaker works OK. Did you try that ?
 

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If Winaero Tweaker doesn't work it's probably because of some registry change or tweak you have already done. I would guess what you tried to do in the registry. Winaerotweaker has never failed me and I've been using it for many years.
 

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Nope. Deleted my entries in regedit and tried Winaero again. Still didn't work. Seems to me I had this same issue in either Win 7 Pro or Win 10 Pro and couldn't get rid of the arrows either.

Redid Winaero doing Windows default first and things looked weird, blue arrows on for example the documents and downloads folders, on game launchers like UbiSoft and Origin, but green arrows on game icons, text documents and pictures icons. Did the 'no arrow' in Winaero and all the blue arrows disappeared but the green arrows remained. Got me!!
 

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I went in the registry and created Shell Icons folder in Explorer name value 29 pointing at C:/Windows/blank.icon. Even though the blank.icon is in the 'correct' place in the Windows root directory, rebooting did not remove the arrows. Any ideas why? Running Windows 11 Pro v21H2 build 22000.652.


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Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

; Alex Sandro - Configuração de registro do Windows

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Icons]
"29"="%SystemRoot%\\Blank.ico,0"
 

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They look fine to me.
 

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Do you have any other software like Startisback, etc. running that may also be playing around with your desktop? It sounds like there is another app installed somewhere that is doing something.
 

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Have tried the download from the tutorial and that doesn't work either. I have Stardock running to have my desktop look like Win 10 but that doesn't have any options to fool around with the shortcut arrows. I'm at a loss here but thanks for all your help!!
 

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OK, this is weird.....just got on the PC and all the shortcut arrows have vanished. Haven't booted the PC or anything. Wonder what's doing all this.
 

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Just saved a file to OneDrive and, BOOM, all the arrows were back. ???????????
 

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Just saved a file to OneDrive and, BOOM, all the arrows were back. ???????????
Just experienced the same problem as you with all the arrows on the desktop changing to be like those in the second picture of your first post. I rebooted and all went back to normal. Only happened once so far.
 

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Since these are random occurrences, I suspect that they may, in fact, coincide with (partial or full) access outages at various Microsoft servers. Since the issue fixes itself, I would not worry about it.
 

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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HomeBrew
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
    Motherboard
    MSI MEG X570 GODLIKE
    Memory
    4 * Corsair Vengeance 32 GB 3600 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti XC3 ULTRA GAMING (12G-P5-3955-KR)
    Sound Card
    Realtek® ALC1220 Codec
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Eve Spectrum ES07D02 280 Hz QHD | Eve Spectrum ES07D03 4K Gaming Monitor
    Screen Resolution
    1440p | 4k
    Hard Drives
    3x Samsung 980 Pro NVMe PCIe 4 M.2 2 TB SSD (MZ-V8P2T0B/AM)
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling’s Silencer Series 1050 Watt, 80 Plus Platinum
    Case
    Fractal Design Define 7 XL Dark ATX Full Tower Case
    Cooling
    ZXT KRAKEN Z73 73.11 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (3x 120 mm push top) + Air 3x 140mm case fans (pull front) + 1x 120 mm (push back) and 1 x 120 mm (pull bottom)
    Keyboard
    SteelSeries Apex Pro Wired Gaming Keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3 for Business
    Internet Speed
    Logitech MX Master 3 for Business
    Browser
    Nightly (default) + Firefox (stable),Chrome, Edge/ß/Dev/Canary
    Antivirus
    Defender
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 x64 Pro build 21H1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Latitude E5470
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-6300U CPU @ 2.40GHz, 2501 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)
    Motherboard
    Dell
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel(R) HD Graphics 520
    Sound Card
    Intel(R) HD Graphics 520 + RealTek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell laptop display 15"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 * 1080
    Hard Drives
    Toshiba 128GB M.2 22300 drive
    INTEL Cherryvill 520 Series SSDSC2CW180A 180 GB SATA III SSD
    PSU
    Dell
    Case
    Dell
    Cooling
    Dell
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master (shared) | Dell TouchPad
    Keyboard
    Dell
    Internet Speed
    AT&T LightSpeed Gigabit Duplex
    Browser
    Edge Chromium | Chrome | Firefox Nightly | Brave
    Antivirus
    Defender + MB4

spapakons

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Power User
Local time
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Posts
838
Location
Athens
OS
Windows 11 Pro 21H2 64-bit (build 22000.739)
I use Frameworxx FX Visor to replace the default shortcut icons with a light blue arrow (see photo). It also has the option to totally remove the shortcut icon. To install and use it you have to enable Microsoft dotNET 2/3 in Programs and Features, Windows Features. This utility works in Windows 7 or newer 32-bit ot 64-bit.

Light blue shorcut icon example.jpg
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 21H2 64-bit (build 22000.739)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Extensa 5630EZ
    CPU
    Mobile DualCore Intel Core 2 Duo T7250, 2000 MHz
    Motherboard
    Acer Extensa 5630
    Memory
    4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Mobile Intel(R) GMA 4500M (Mobile 4 series)
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC268 @ Intel 82801IB ICH9 - High Definition Audio Controller
    Monitor(s) Displays
    1
    Screen Resolution
    1280x800
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB SATA Device (250 GB, SATA-III)
    Internet Speed
    VDSL 50 Mbps
    Browser
    MICROSOFT EDGE
    Antivirus
    WINDOWS DEFENDER
    Other Info
    Legacy MBR installation, no TPM, no Secure Boot, no WDDM 2.0 graphics drivers, cannot get more unsupported ;) This is only my test laptop. I had installed Windows 11 here before upgrading my main PC. For my main PC I use everyday see my 2nd system specs.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro v21H2 (build 22000.739)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom-built PC
    CPU
    Intel Core-i7 3770 3.40GHz s1155 (3rd generation)
    Motherboard
    Asus P8H61 s1155 ATX
    Memory
    2x Kingston Hyper-X Blu 8GB DDR3-1600
    Graphics card(s)
    Asus GT620-1GD3 (nVidia GeForce GT 620 1GB DDR3)
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD audio (ALC887)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony Bravia KDL-19L4000 19" LCD TV via VGA
    Screen Resolution
    1440x900 32-bit 60Hz
    Hard Drives
    Patriot Burst Elite 480GB SSD as system disk, Western Digital Caviar Purple 4TB SATA III (WD40PURZ) as second
    PSU
    Thermaltake Litepower RGB 550W Full Wired
    Case
    SUPERCASE MIDI-TOWER
    Cooling
    Stock Intel CPU Fan, 1x 8cm fan at the back
    Mouse
    Sunnyline OptiEye PS/2
    Keyboard
    Mitsumi 101-key PS/2
    Internet Speed
    100Mbps
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Legacy BIOS (MBR) installation, no TPM, no Secure Boot, WDDM 2.3 graphics drivers, WEI score 5.1

elbmek

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Local time
3:05 PM
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319
Location
Sutton Coldfield England
OS
Win 11 x 64 Home. Pro Win 10 x 64 on Surface.
winaero tweaker
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 11 x 64 Home. Pro Win 10 x 64 on Surface.
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    PC Specialist
    CPU
    amd ryzen 9 5900X 12 core 3701mhz 24 logistical process
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte B550 Auros Elite V2
    Memory
    16GB (2x8) Corsair VENGEANCE DDR4 3200MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Aoris Nvidia Geforce RTX 3060 ti
    Sound Card
    ONBOARD 6 CHANNEL (5.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung F27G3T 144mhz
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung V-NAND SSD 970 Evo plus 500GB
    3TB SATA-III 3.5" HDD, 6GB/s, 7200RPM, 64MB CACHE
    1 x 2TB External USB. 1 x 4TB External SSD
    other HDD drives optional (when I get around to it
    PSU
    Corsair VS550
    Case
    Coolermaster
    Cooling
    DEEP COOL AS500 CPU COOLER
    Keyboard
    Microsoft Multimedia 1.01a. MSI Vigor elite Mech board as spare/games
    Mouse
    Corsair Champion
    Internet Speed
    600+MB
    Browser
    Opera
    Antivirus
    Bit Defender Internet Sec
    Other Info
    WIRELESS 802.11 AC1300 867Mbps/5GHz, 400Mbps/2.4GHz PCI-E CARD
    Creative Labs Speakers with optional BT
    Asus DRW-14D5MT x48
    Net via Virgin hub 3 (using RJ45 cable). Plus MS surface 5 tablet
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