Anyone know what this is? I've confirmed it's not OneDrive.

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    Anyone know what this is? I've confirmed it's not OneDrive.


    Everyone once in a while these checks appear on my desktop icons. I've verified that it's not OneDrive, as I have it completely uninstalled and disabled. Also if I recall correctly, OneDrive checks appear on the corners, not the center although maybe that was changed with an update, I wouldn't know. Sometimes it also shows a grey X instead of a check. As you can see, it also only seems to happen with shortcuts.

    It goes away with a desktop refresh. But happens multiple times a day sometimes so it can be abit vexing.Anyone know what this is? I've confirmed it's not OneDrive.-screenshot-7-.png
    Last edited by Mandalorian; 27 Apr 2023 at 17:23.
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  2. Posts : 8,128
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  3. Posts : 31,868
    10 Home x64 (22H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
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    Mandalorian said:
    Everyone once in a while these checks appear on my desktop icons. I've verified that it's not OneDrive, as I have it completely uninstalled and disabled. Also if I recall correctly, OneDrive checks appear on the corners, not the center although maybe that was changed with an update, I wouldn't know. Sometimes it also shows a grey X instead of a check. As you can see, it also only seems to happen with shortcuts.

    It goes away with a desktop refresh. But happens multiple times a day sometimes so it can be abit vexing.Anyone know what this is? I've confirmed it's not OneDrive.-screenshot-7-.png
    This appears to be a long-standing bug. You're right, OneDrive check marks are on the left. And there are countless people asking about these oddly placed check marks over the years - all insisting they have completely removed OneDrive!

    There are lots more 'check marks in the middle' just like yours in this Google search for 'green check mark on shortcuts'

    This one on SuperUser is typical, and dates back over 7 years. Like you, they say a refresh of the desktop clears it for a while. It ends by saying "Rebuilding the icon cache solved the problem permanently for me"....

    windows 10 - What are these green checkmarks on my Desktop icons? - Super User

    ...and gives a link to Option Two in the Ten Forums tutorial on how to do that

    Rebuild Icon Cache in Windows 10
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  4. Posts : 17
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    Thread Starter
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    Bree said:
    This one on SuperUser is typical, and dates back over 7 years. Like you, they say a refresh of the desktop clears it for a while. It ends by saying "Rebuilding the icon cache solved the problem permanently for me"....

    windows 10 - What are these green checkmarks on my Desktop icons? - Super User

    ...and gives a link to Option Two in the Ten Forums tutorial on how to do that

    Rebuild Icon Cache in Windows 10
    Unfortunately, it still persists for me after rebuilding icon cache lol... Anyone know what this is? I've confirmed it's not OneDrive.-savetweetvid_fig4qsvwqagkls_.gif
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  5. Posts : 1,241
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    you will need to sign out and then back in for it to work or restart the computer.
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  6. Posts : 17,012
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    Do consider what backup utilities you have since one of them might be responsible for those checkmarks.


    Best of luck,
    Denis
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    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
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    As said, the central position is significant if you want to identify their origin.

    These
    DropBox(Check Marks indicate that those items are being backed up)
    Norton (specifically the Backup feature)
    Carbonite Online Backup(Check Marks indicated what has been backed up)
    - by way of random examples) can give rise to check marks- I've not checked to see where they are placed.

    Yours are not attributable to Google Drive, for example.
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  8. Posts : 1,801
    Windows 10 Pro (+ Windows 10 Home VMs for testing)
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    It's a longstanding bug which Microsoft isn't going to fix.

    Use Sysinternal/Technet's small, free, portable Autoruns to identify the ShellIconOverlays (green ticks) that you are seeing. (The overlays are usually OneDrive but other apps use identical/similar overlays... see here for examples.)

    1.. Download, unblock then use Run as administrator on the Autoruns executable file.

    2. On the Everything tab, scroll down to the two sections marked ShellIconOverlaysIdentifiers.
    Anyone know what this is? I've confirmed it's not OneDrive.-autoruns_shelliconoverlays.png

    3. Remove the ticks from the overlays you don't want to see then close Autoruns and restart. The Windows registry will be re-read from scratch and won't allocate the overlays any more.

    Hope this helps...
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  9. Posts : 17,012
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
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    Rick,

    What a very well-researched explanation of icon overlays.

    Well done,
    Denis
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  10. Posts : 17
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    Thread Starter
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    dalchina said:
    As said, the central position is significant if you want to identify their origin.

    These
    DropBox(Check Marks indicate that those items are being backed up)
    Norton (specifically the Backup feature)
    Carbonite Online Backup(Check Marks indicated what has been backed up)
    - by way of random examples) can give rise to check marks- I've not checked to see where they are placed.

    Yours are not attributable to Google Drive, for example.
    I don't use any backup tools whatsoever. The only backups I make are on hardware. I don't use any form of cloud, and go to great lengths to assure they're not activated without my knowledge or permission.
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