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       07 Aug 2015 #50

    You're welcome Rene.

    The download in step 2 of OPTION ONE in this tutorial works well.
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  2.    07 Aug 2015 #51

    Brink said: View Post
    You're welcome Rene.

    The download in step 2 of OPTION ONE in this tutorial works well.
    It worked! Thank you!

    It did not catch 3 shortcut arrows on the left monitor and 4 on the right monitor, but it got all the others.

    I'm going to set a new restore point, then shut down, then start cold...and perhaps that will get the others. Thanks again.
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  3.    07 Aug 2015 #52

    Still Works


    Okay, Brink...

    I shut down, started cold, and all came up okay. Now there are 6 remaining shortcut arrows on the left monitor and still 4 on the right.

    I can live with that.

    Thank you for your assistance.
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       07 Aug 2015 #53

    Florida Rene said: View Post
    It worked! Thank you!

    It did not catch 3 shortcut arrows on the left monitor and 4 on the right monitor, but it got all the others.

    I'm going to set a new restore point, then shut down, then start cold...and perhaps that will get the others. Thanks again.
    If it doesn't remove them after a restart, then please let me know what file types they are for the ones that didn't change.
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  5.    07 Aug 2015 #54

    They are all "Pinned Site Shortcut".
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  6. Posts : 28,580
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       07 Aug 2015 #55

    It should have gotten URL shortcuts on your desktop.

    Could you please post a screenshot of them?
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  7.    07 Aug 2015 #56

    URL Shortcuts


    Brink said: View Post
    It should have gotten URL shortcuts on your desktop.

    Could you please post a screenshot of them?
    Gladly.

    Hopefully these JPG files will upload: 3 images from Washington Post and 1 from Ten Forums

    Name:  Ten Forums Shortcut Icon.jpg
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    Name:  WashPost Icon Properties Details.jpg
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    Name:  WashPost Icon Properties General.jpg
Views: 315
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    Name:  WashPost Shortcut Icon.jpg
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    Last edited by Brink; 08 Aug 2015 at 09:52. Reason: attached your uploaded images
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  8.    07 Aug 2015 #57

    Uh, oh. There's trouble in River City...

    Using the .reg hack from OPTION ONE to remove the arrow overlay on shortcuts has some nasty side-effects:

    It disables WinX (displaying the Power Menu via the <"Windows Key"+X> or <right-clicking> on the Start icon in the taskbar.)

    But, wait, there's more!

    On my notebook (clean install of Win10 Home x64), but not on my desktop (upgrade from Win8.1 Pro x64 to Win10 Pro x64) it also prevents pinning shortcuts to the taskbar. I can drag an icon to the taskbar and the "pin to taskbar" pop appears at the cursor, but the icon never gets pinned.

    However, the good news is that the alternate method of removing the arrow overlays -- using the Blank.ico file -- doesn't interfere with either WinX or pinning shortcuts to the taskbar.

    Maybe it's something unique to my systems?
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       07 Aug 2015 #58

    Ok. We're just going to go back to the transparent icon method that will work without any side effects other than a transparent outline on the overlay with large icons on desktop.
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  •    08 Aug 2015 #59

    Brink said: View Post
    Ok. We're just going to go back to the transparent icon method that will work without any side effects other than a transparent outline on the overlay with large icons on desktop.
    1. What is "transparent icon method"?
    2. How do I accomplish it?
    3. Will it then apply to future URL links I pin to the desktop?
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