Customize the Shortcut Arrow

All shortcuts have a tiny black arrow attached to it’s icon to distinguish from normal files. This arrow can sometimes be pretty annoying and as a Hacker should know how to change each and everything, here goes another trick. Launch the Registry Editor and go to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionexplorerShell Icons.

Now, on the right pane is a list of icons ( we found out that on some systems, Windows 98 especially, the right pane is blank. Don’t worry, just add the value as required ). Find the value 29. If it isn’t there, just add it. The value of this string should be

C:Windowssystemshell32.dll, 29

( which means the 30th icon in shell32.dll – the first one begins with 0 ).

Now, we need blank icon to do this. Just create one with white as the whole icon. Go here to learn how to create an icon. Once done just change the value to C:xxx.ico, 0 where “xxx” is the full path of the icon file and “0” is the icon in it.

Now for some fun. If the blank icon is a bit boring, change it again. You will find that under shell32.dll there is a gear icon, a shared folder ( the hand ) and much more. Experiment for yourself!