1. TranquilKnight's Avatar
    2 days ago Daniel posted an article on how to remove shortcut arrows on Windows 10 desktops. I was able to hide the arrows. However, I got two updates. I installed them & restarted the system. After restarting I got these.

    black-square.png

    I ignored & finished my work & I saw that everything was normal. Sometime after explorer restarted and those black squares re-appeared! I've waited again but this time they didn't disappear.

    What's the solution?
    08-19-2015 05:38 AM
  2. Ma Rio's Avatar
    Try reverting the process and redoing it.
    08-19-2015 06:59 AM
  3. Darren Walsh's Avatar
    2 days ago Daniel posted an article on how to remove shortcut arrows on Windows 10 desktops. I was able to hide the arrows. However, I got two updates. I installed them & restarted the system. After restarting I got these.

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    I ignored & finished my work & I saw that everything was normal. Sometime after explorer restarted and those black squares re-appeared! I've waited again but this time they didn't disappear.

    What's the solution?
    Same here !!!
    08-19-2015 07:13 AM
  4. ramyZgHR's Avatar
    Same here!
    08-19-2015 07:32 AM
  5. TranquilKnight's Avatar
    Try reverting the process and redoing it.
    It should work but I also don't want those arrows. It has worked in all previous versions of Windows & it worked here too. It doesn't work only when 'explorer.exe' loads after logging in for first time or restarts itself/manually. Now I got proper icons back but when I manually restart 'explorer.exe' those black square appears again.
    So actually this thing works here too but don't know what's this black box problem.

    EDIT: I usually get normal icons back after couple of hours. I don't know the reason.
    08-19-2015 10:55 AM
  6. Axeelant's Avatar
    So still no solution? I'll try reverting the process now...
    05-20-2016 04:41 AM
  7. Robin Wood's Avatar
    In Windows 10 Professional I removed the default shortcut arrows on the icons and then everything was fine for a while (Months) but suddenly little black boxes appear where the arrows were supposed to be. After searching my machine for possible errors i found something strange i.e. something is changing my default apps in settings. So, I clicked to Settings > System > Default apps > Reset. Then all the black boxes disappear and the Icons returned to normal without the shortcut arrows. I do not know what is causing this to happen and if this will permanently stop the black boxes from reappearing, only time will tell.

    When I removed the arrows by means of Regedit, I Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer.
    I Created a Key by Right click on \Explorer and using the dialog menu choose New > Key and name it Shell Icons. Press Enter.
    In the right pane of Shell Icons, right click on an empty area, and click/tap on New and String Value. Name it 29.
    Double click/tap on the 29 String Value to modify it. You should see a blank box called Value data.
    In the Value data box enter (or copy and paste): %windir%\System32\shell32.dll,-50 and hit OK when done.
    You can now either reboot the computer or log off and on back again to complete the changes. Afterwards, you should have a nice, clean desktop with no arrow shortcuts.
    10-03-2016 02:01 AM
  8. Robin Wood's Avatar
    Please try the following in Windows 10 and see if it works (it worked for me):

    Navigate to Start button > Settings > System > Default apps > Reset (Reset to the Microsoft recommended defaults). Then all the black boxes should disappear and the Icons returned to normal without the shortcut arrows.

    I hate these little arrow shortcuts on the Icons, Microsoft should implement an easy option with the click of a button to either have them or have them removed. People with 'hundreds' of Icons crowding their Desktop surely don't know how a Filing system should work. You can for instance have one Folder on the Desktop with sub-folders to separate different program groups or data, thereby keeping everything neatly in place and easily accessible. I never ever needed little "shortcut arrows" to remind me what is a Folder and what is a shortcut !!
    Last edited by Robin Wood; 10-03-2016 at 03:58 AM.
    10-03-2016 03:35 AM

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