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    I’ve been running Windows 10 Pro 19H2 for some time (and no, it didn’t update). My desktop icons were not displaying the blue up arrow in the lower left-hand corner indicating that they were a shortcut. Suddenly, those arrows are being displayed. I realize I can use a registry hack to get rid of them, but I would like to understand what might have caused the arrows to show up after all this time. I realize it is not a problem, but I don’t particular like them, and I can’t figure out what triggered this. I’d appreciate any insights. Thank you.

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    • #2405007

      Some change triggered this. You do not need to install major update to change behavior of Windows, maybe sme minor feature update caused this, also if you are able to disable blue arrow by registry editing, maybe some application changed that.
      TBH I dont really know. My arrows are white background, black arrow.
      Did you install some icon pack recently?

      Dell Latitude E6530, Intel Core i5 @ 2.6 GHz, 4GB RAM, W10 20H2 Enterprise

      HAL3000, AMD Athlon 200GE @ 3,4 GHz, 8GB RAM, Fedora 29

      PRUSA i3 MK3S+

    • #2405102

      If you did not use the registry hack to get rid of the shortcut arrows in the first place, then I suspect that they missed having the arrow added to the icon when first constructed by Windows. These icons were saved in a cache that was used to reload the icons on boot ups and Windows didn’t need to remake them. Actually, some users would call this good luck. If this cache got deleted (some cleaning software) or considered corrupt by Windows, Windows would recreate the icons and this time the shortcut arrows were added. If you want to remove the shortcut arrows, you will need to do the registry hack. I use the hack because I don’t like the shortcut arrows on my custom made icons.

      HTH, Dana:>>

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