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    Compression Blue Arrows on Icons - Change or Remove in Windows 10

    Compression Blue Arrows on Icons - Change or Remove in Windows 10

    Change or Remove Double Blue Arrows Icon on Compressed Files and Folders in Windows 10
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    Change or Remove Double Blue Arrows Icon on Compressed Files and Folders in Windows 10

    information   Information
    Windows 10 supports compression for individual files and folders on NTFS volumes using NTFS compression.

    When you compress a file or folder in Windows 10, its icon will have a double blue arrows overlay at the top right corner to indicate that it's a compressed file or folder.

    This tutorial will show you how to customize or remove the double blue arrows icon overlay on compressed files and folders for all users in Windows 10.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to change or remove the double blue arrows icon overlay.

    Note   Note
    If you have a custom .ico file you would like to share, then please feel free to upload and post it here.


    EXAMPLE: Double Blue Arrows on Icon of Compressed File or Folder
    Click image for larger version. 

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    Here's How:

    1. Press the Win+R keys to open Run, type regedit, and press Enter.

    2. If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes.

    3. In Registry Editor, browse to the key at the location below. (see screenshot below)
    Note   Note
    If you do not have the Shell Icons key, then right click or press and hold on the Explorer key, click/tap on New, click/tap on Key, type Shell Icons for the name, and press Enter.


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

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    4. Do step 5 (change/remove) or step 6 (default) below for what you would like to do.


     5. To Change or Remove Double Blue Arrows Icon

    Note   Note
    Other than uncompressing the file or folder to remove the double blue arrow icon, you can customize the icon to what you like below.


    A) In the right pane of the Shell Icons key, double click/tap on the 179 string value to modify it. (see screenshot below step 3)
    Note   Note
    If you do not have the 179 string value, then right click or press and hold on an empty area in the right pane of the Shell Icons key, click/tap on New, click/tap on String Value, type 179 for the name, and press Enter.


    B) Type in the full path of the custom .ico file you want to use, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)
    Tip   Tip
    If you like, you can download and use a transparent.ico file here that will remove the double blue arrows icon.

    Be sure to unblock this transparent.ico file before moving it into your C:\Windows\System32 folder.


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     6. To Restore Default Double Blue Arrows Icon

    A) In the right pane of the Shell Icons key, delete the 179 string value. (see screenshot below step 3)

    B) Click/tap Yes to confirm, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

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    7. Restart explorer to apply.

    8. When finished, you can close Registry Editor if you like.




    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Joined : Dec 2015
    Posts : 4
    windows 10
       2015-12-30 #1

    Thank You Shawn for this.
    So I gathered so far that Value "29" here is for removing shortcut arrows and "179" is for Compression arrows.
    now, could you find the value for yellow lock icon overlay for efs file and folders?
    it's just as much annoying as those double arrows if not more.
    much appreciated.
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  2. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,511
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       2015-12-30 #2

    Hello Axims, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    I'll certainly see if I can.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  3. Joined : Dec 2015
    Posts : 4
    windows 10
       2015-12-31 #3

    thanks, my money's on you!

    oh and by the way, I've been with you guys since seven forums , you've been helping way more people than you'd think
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  4. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,511
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       2015-12-31 #4

    I'll try not to let you down.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  5. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,511
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       2015-12-31 #5
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  6. Joined : Dec 2015
    Posts : 4
    windows 10
       2016-01-01 #6

    You're the Man, Shawn!
    many thanks, and happy new year to you too!
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  7. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,511
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       2016-01-01 #7

    You're most welcome.
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  8. Joined : Jan 2016
    Posts : 4
    Windows 10 Home
       2016-01-12 #8

    Brink, I followed the instructions of your guide to a t and now instead of blue compression arrows I have blank white pages. Did I do something wrong?

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  9. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,511
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       2016-01-12 #9

    Hello Drak, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    Did you use the transparent.ico in the tutorial, or a custom .ico of your own?

    Did you unblock and save either one in the C:\Windows\System32 folder?
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