Updated on 4 October 2018: In our earlier posts, we’ve shared hacking a Windows PC via pen drive and adding a warning message on the Windows login screen for the ethical hackers. And, today in this post, we are sharing another tutorial on how to remove shortcut arrow from the Windows desktop icons.
According to the latest tech rumors, this trick to remove shortcut arrow in Windows operating system no longer works for the earlier version of Windows 10 that includes the Microsoft Fall Creators Update. The update begins rolling out last year on October 17, 2017. However, we have tested this computer trick on a Windows 10 Enterprise OS, build 17763.1 with the latest Windows update version: 1809 (October 2018 update). And, the method to remove shortcut arrow from the Windows desktop icon is working fine without any problem.
Whenever you install software or create a shortcut to an application or folder, the system’s application installer automatically places a shortcut arrow icon in the lower-left corner. The apps shortcut arrow icons are helpful to easily identifying between the shortcuts and the original files.
But, for some users, it is not the most decorative way to showcase your application icons. So, here is a quick guide to get rid of the shortcut arrow icons by making a small change to your Windows Registry.
Easily Remove Shortcut Arrow Icons from the Desktop Applications & Files in Windows 10 and Earlier Versions of Windows
Here’s the first most important fact to note that playing with the Windows operating system registry can occur the system crash. Therefore, make sure you do not make any changes (don’t remove any registry entry) to any other registry keys and its values apart what we are asking you to change here.
For a safer side, you can consider taking a backup of your Windows Registry, computer data, and other personal files so that you can attempt the Windows restore and recover data in the future if something goes wrong.
Now, without wasting much of your time, here is the way to remove the shortcut arrow from the desktop icons.
So, let’s see how to remove shortcut arrow icons –
1. Press Windows key + R together to launch the Run dialog box. Then, type regedit and hit enter. You can also directly type the Regedit in the search box available in the taskbar.
2. When the Registry Editor launched, navigate to the following path:
KEY_LOCAL_MACHINE => SOFTWARE => Microsoft => Windows => CurrentVersion => Explorer => Shell Icons
By default, the Shell Icons key is not available in the registry. Hence, you need to create it manually.
3. To create a Registry key, right-click on the Explorer in the left-side panel and choose – New => Key. The newly created registry key will appear in the left-side panel with the default name – “New Key #1”. Just rename it with Shell Icons (case-sensitive).
4. Select that (Shell Icons) key. Now, right-click anywhere on the right-panel white area and choose New => String Value. Here, you need to rename this String Value from “New Value #1” to 29.
5. Double-click the new 29 value to open the Edit String popup that will let you define the value of its property.
Now, copy the following Value and paste it in the 29 value’s property (Value Data).
6. Finally, click OK to save the changes and close the Registry Editor.
It will ultimately make the arrow icons transparent in each shortcut available on the desktop. But, you will need to reboot your machine or log out of your Windows account.
Once you back into your Windows account, you will see the shortcut arrows are no longer present on your Windows desktop icons and files.
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In case you want to roll back the things and make the shortcut arrow back, follow the steps above (step 1 to 4) and delete the 29 string value you’ve created. You can leave the Shell Icons key present in the Registry. It will be helpful to remove shortcut arrow icons again in the future.
Is there still a way to Identify the Shortcuts even after disabling Shortcut Arrows?
Probably, now your desktop may be looking neat and clean after turning off shortcut arrow icons, but still, you can easily differentiate between the original files and shortcut links.
Well, to check a shortcut whether it is an original app or just a shortcut link, you solely need to right-click on that particular icon you want to check and go to its property.
In the General tab of the file’s property, the system will disclose what type of file it is. Check the above illustrating picture (the app has correctly identified as a shortcut).
Get Rid of App Shortcut Arrows in Windows using Third-party software
If you’re not much familiar with the technical knowledge, you should consider using any third-party utility. But, if you are good enough in Information Technology and think yourself a geek, you can try the above steps to remove the shortcut arrows without any issue.
There are plenty of third-party apps available on the internet for several Windows tweaks. Windows utility apps are specially designed to make changes to the Windows core files so use them wisely.
Ultimate Windows Tweaker
The ultimate Windows tweaker app is a freeware application from The Windows Club. Ultimate Windows tweaker 4 is compatible with the Windows 10 OS.
Thankfully, the app features the ability to quickly create a Restore point. It gets yourself out of any trouble while making changes to your Windows. You can try this utility to easily remove shortcut arrow icons from the desktop apps, folder, and files.
Windows Shortcut Arrow Editor
The Windows shortcut arrow editor is a tiny program you can download here. You can also try this app to delete shortcut arrows from all version (32-bit/64-bit) of Windows.
Apart from removing the shortcut arrows, you can also set a custom image replacing the arrow icons. It works smoothly in Windows XP, Win 7, Windows 8.
11 Best Windows Themes and Windows 10 Skin Pack to Customize your OS Look
Love to tweak the Windows OS? Here’re 11 best Windows 10 themes to transform the operating system look and its design. Free download the latest Windows theme pack (skin/transformation package).
With the tons of cool features, Windows 10 (Win 10) came with plenty of new skins to transform the OS looks and design. You can free download over hundreds of best Windows themes directly from the Microsoft’s official website. There is a mixture of different best Windows 10 themes such as Arts, Games, Nature, Animals, Halloween, etc. The whole collection of all superb desktop themes are available with unique design, different Windows color, engaging sounds effect, and high-resolution wallpapers.
There are many Windows 10 basic theme packages available on the internet, but we have included a few of best Windows 10 themes and transformation pack in our list.
If we talk about the visual features and theme customization, Win 10 is not generally seen as a super-customizable OS platform like Linux kernel. However, there are still hundreds of best Windows 10 custom themes out in the market that can give you a pretty impressive makeover to your computer.
Best Windows Themes Pack You Should Try
After reading the main title of this web page, you might think that the Windows 10 themes and Windows 10 skin pack are different things. But, both themes and skins are the same words.
Whether you are a Windows user or a smartphone user, the term “theme” always related to its designs. But, when we use any third-party software to customize Windows look, we use the term – Skin or/and Transformation pack.
Moreover, a Windows theme is a collection of some modifications to the interface that changes the ways Windows appears and feels. When we install Windows 10 theme pack, it replaces the default Windows icons, color palette and sound effects in the PC such as mouse cursor, desktop background, animation & graphics, dialog borders, and settings.
Now, let’s start the list of Windows 10 custom themes pack.
1. Windows 95
Windows 95 theme for Win 10 is most popular. And, hundreds of searches trend in Google every month.
If you want to go back in the past of Windows history, Windows 95 theme pack can take you there without using any Time Travel Machine or Time Changer. Moreover, this Windows theme will apply gradient title bars, beveled edges and rectangular buttons to the operating system. Use this Windows skin with Windows 95 skin by SillySamPixelArt, which includes icons and sounds effects.
2. Windows XP Theme
Free download Windows XP theme for Windows 10 to feel the most-loved theme in the OS history. It is just a Windows 10 basic theme, but you will surely enjoy it.
The Windows XP skin will give you the overall experience of Windows XP OS but not the entire features like Windows XP utilities and other default programs.
To get the original Windows XP looks, you first need to get Cassic Shell software that will provide the required Windows 10 customization tools. Once you install the tool, get the Classic Shell XP suite for Windows 10 to transform your existing Windows into Windows XP Pro.
3. Mac OS X EI Capitan
Here is the way to experience Apple Mac OS on a Windows powered PC. The Mac OS X El Capitan for Windows is one of the most-loving skins in our list of Windows 10 custom themes.
Install it right away to experience the Mac OS X in your Win 10 PC. It completely revamps your desktop design into a Mac desktop. So, try out this Windows 10 theme pack and prank your friends by showing them you’re using a MAC operating system.
4. Ubuntu SkinPack Theme
Ubuntu Light skin pack gives the best experiences of Ubuntu Linux on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Win 10 with all versions – x86 and x64. It is also one of the best Windows themes for Ubuntu lovers and will transform your Win OS to Ubuntu light. Windows XP users can also download Ubuntu SkinPack for 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems.
The Slick Ubuntu theme for Windows 10 is an alternative to Ubuntu SkinPack Light, check here. You can use the Maverick theme to enjoy the Ubuntu operating system in Win 10 computers.
5. Taiwan Culture Sketches
The Taiwan Culture Sketches is the official theme from Microsoft. The skin pack is most popular among the Chinese Windows users. It is a glorified collection of wallpaper, images with color matching related to the Taiwan culture.
6. Flattastic Theme
The Flattastic theme for Win 10 is also one of the best Windows themes. There are sixteen versions available in this Windows 10 skins pack. First 8 versions are available in Flattastic light theme, whereas other 8 are the Flattastic dark theme versions.
7. Seda Theme
Seda is one more theme development from DeviantArt. It is not quite dark skin but gives you a slightly gray interface. The SEDA theme is only compatible with these versions of Windows update – Anniversary update 1607, Creators update 1703, Fall update 1709 and Redstone 4 v1803.
First of all, before installing the SEDA theme pack, make sure you’re using the compatible version of Windows.
To check Windows version, go to All Settings => System => About. In the Windows specifications, you will get all the information about the version of Windows you are currently using.
Alternatively, you can search for “WINVER” and run it from the search box in the taskbar.
8. Penumbra 10 Theme
Like Seda, the Penumbra theme also works on Windows ten only. Therefore, the supported versions are Creators update v1703 (Build 15063), Fall creators update 1709 (Build 16299), and Spring creators update v1803 (Build 17134).
It is popular in the best Windows 10 themes. Check the installing instruction on the Windows 10 visual style page.
9. Aero Glass Theme
Aero Glass theme for Windows 10 is another beautiful theme, which gives an Aero style glassy transparent interface to your system.
To install the theme pack, free download Aero Glass theme from ZEUSosX and copy all the files and folders (after unzipping the package) to C:/Windows/Resources/Themes (C is the drive on which your OS is running).
The skin pack is among the best in the list of best Windows themes collection.
10. Simplify 10 Theme
The skin pack is available in two different versions – Simplify 10 dark pack and Simplify 10 light pack. You can choose according to your choice of visual style from here.
Further, the UI design with the combination of grey and white color that looks pretty good and impressive.
11. Aero Shine Theme
It is a Visual style theme for Windows Vista. To use custom visual styles, you need to patch your system by VistaGlazz, TuneUp utilities and files inside the theme pack manually. The Aero Shine will give you a real Windows Vista feel and graphics.
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Best Windows 10 themes list ends here. We have added a top and best Windows themes pack in this list, which can change the overall look of your Windows.
Remember to note that using third-party themes or custom skin pack or transformation pack can be a little risky. So, make sure to back up your PC before installing any theme.
Apart from the best Windows 10 themes mentioned-above, there are hundreds of other themes available. Hence, you can visit Microsoft’s official website to find more cool and best Windows themes. If there is any other skin available you’re using and want us to add in this list, do let us know through the comments below.
Display Custom Warning Message and Login Statistics on Windows Logon Screen
Create a string value in windows registry to display or show a text notice on login screen at the time of windows start-up in Windows XP, Vista, win 7, win 8
Want to show legal notice before windows login screen (CTRL ALT DEL) to your company employees or system users?
Here you’ll learn how to display a custom warning message on login screen in Windows XP, Win Vista, 7, 8.1 & 10.
We’ll walk you through to the 3 different ways that can help you to show legal warnings to a computer user before they use your computer machine.
With a few simple windows tweaks, you can customize the operating system login screen to add a warning message & login statistics.
Using the below method, you can add any legal warning message or can also create a funny message for the user who often uses your machine.
Display Legal Notice Before Login Screen – Windows Registry Tweak
Windows Registry is a core hierarchical database, so it’ll be safe if you can back up your system by creating a Restore Point as well as copying important data to an external hard drive.
If anything goes wrong, you can restore your system’s data just-in-case.
Follow steps to add custom warning messages using this windows registry tweak.
1. Go to Start Menu => Click Run => type regedit and hit Enter (if unable to find Run, you can launch it directly by pressing Windows key+R).
2. Locate the following location on the Windows registry:
3. In the right-side panel, you will see two different keys. First is legalnoticecaption and second is legalnoticetext. The warning message is divided into two parts – the title and the message text.
4. To give a title to the custom message, double-click on legalnoticecaption value. When the Edit String box appears, simply type the title for your message in the Value data field, then click OK. See below screenshot I have chosen “Welcome to Elkees Media – An Informative Blog“.
You can type anything you want but remember you can only use up to 80 characters for the title (includes spaces and other special marks).
5. To add the custom text message on the login screen, double-click on legalnoticetext value. When the Edit String box appears, type your custom message in the Value data field, then click OK.
I have chosen “Elkees Media is an online information portal that offers a wide range of high-quality contents related to latest technology news, cultures, trends, etc. Visit elkeesmedia.com for latest happening around the world.” for my example.
Here you can add your own custom message or any legal notice you want. Use up to about 16,383 characters for your message.
6. Now close the registry editor and restart your computer.
Upon start-up of your machine, it’ll display your customized message just before the login screen.
Many companies and organizations also use this trick to show legal notice.
How to Enable Login Auditing to Track Login Statistics?
You can configure the Login screen to show login statistics.
So that, you can keep track of logins that were last made on your system.
To track successful or failed Windows login attempts, add a DWORD Value to the registry.
Let’s see how to enable login activity tracking.
Right-click anywhere inside the System key at the above registry path and select New => DWORD (32-bit) Value => Rename it to DisplayLastLogonInfo and hit Enter.
Now double-click on DisplayLastLogonInfo and change its value data from 0 to 1 and click OK. It’s done.
How to Show Custom Warning Message on Login Screen – Local Security Policy
Add a message that is displayed on the login screen whenever a user login.
Here is how to do so using local security policy.
Go to Start Menu/All Apps => Windows Administrative Tools => Local Security Policy or press Windows key+R to launch Run and type secpol.msc, then hit enter.
Add a Title for Warning Message on Login Screen
First, you need to give a title for the warning message that will be displayed just before the login window.
Navigate to Security Settings => Local Policy => Security Options and double-click the Interactive logon: Message title for users attempting to log on.
On the Local Security Setting tab, enter a title for your legal message in the box and click OK.
Add a Warning Message on Login Screen
After giving the title for your message, now add a legal warning message.
Double-click the Interactive logon: Message text for users attempting to log on. On the tab, Local Policy Setting, type your legal notice or any custom message in the box and click OK.
Now close the Local Security Policy editor and restart your machine.
It can show a message to any computer user about the usage instructions of your computer or any other important information.
Roll Back If you want to disable the message, simply go back into the Local Security Policy and remove the entire message and title you’ve added to the above steps.
If you’re not very much familiar with the tech, you can also add legal warning message by using a free tool, called Windows Login Notifier.
Free download it directly from The Windows Club.
It’s a portable utility tool, hence doesn’t require any installation.
Simply download and it’ll be ready to use.
It requires Microsoft .NET Framework 4 to be installed on your computer.
If your machine doesn’t have it, it will prompt you to install .Net Framework v4.0.
It’s a very simple free app that can easily display a custom message on Windows Vista and Windows 7, having x86 or x64 based OS.
But the above manual method works well for all versions of Windows OS – Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.
Next time whenever a user logs on, they will be shown your message before they log in.
Hope it’s helping you to display legal notice messages on the login screen in Windows OS.
Why do you wanna add custom warning message on your computer? I would like to hear your views through the comment section.
How to Block a Website on Your Computer, Phone & Network
Want to block a website access? Learn how to block any websites like Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, or any porn or adult sites from your children.
Do you want to block certain websites from your children, employees or any other member of your family? Go through this security guide to learn how to block websites in a computer, phone, and network using the operating system’s hosts file and other tools. This is not a computer hack, just a simple utility app or/and file editing trick.
Well, I have again come with the latest computer tutorial that can help you to block websites in Windows XP and above Microsoft Windows versions. So that no one in your family or company can access to that particular blocked websites.
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Block all unwanted sites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, porn or adults websites, proxy sites, games sites, etc.
This website blocking trick is very helpful for parents and employers to block websites that should not be accessed by the children as well as workers.
You can block any number of websites without any limitation. The blocked websites access will not be possible from any of the internet browsers that has already been installed on your computer such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome, Opera, etc.
Block Websites Using Hosts File in Windows Machine
To block websites using Windows hosts file, you need to edit Windows hosts file with the IP address 127.0.0.1 (localhost). If anyone tries to log into that blocked website, it will automatically redirect to localhost IP address and the webpage will show “Page Can’t Display“.
Open the Windows hosts file from the operating system’s installation directory and add sites that you want to block following the localhost IP address.
- Go to My Computer or This PC
- Locate the drive in which the operating system is installed (basically it always C Drive) and go to Windows => System32 => drivers => etc
- Here you will find a file named hosts.
- Right click on hosts file & open it with notepad.
- Go to the last line and use IP: 127.0.0.1 to block websites. Simply add website address after this IP (there must be a space between IP and website link) example: 127.0.0.1 facebook.com
- After adding website addresses in the hosts file, simply save the file on the same location or press Ctrl + S.
- Now it’s done 🙂
Another way to locate hosts file folder
1. Open Run box by press Win+R or go to start menu and click on Run.
2. Copy-Paste below code in the Run box and hit Enter. You will see hosts file there.
3. Now follow the above steps from 4 to 7.
This method to block websites was for Windows computers.
If you’re using a MAC computer, see the below method.
How to Block Websites on a MAC Machine?
Now let’s move on a Mac tutorial to block websites access in a Mac system (OS X).
Login to MAC user that have the administrator access and open the Terminal.
- Launch Terminal: Go to Applications => Utilities => Terminal
- In the Terminal window type nano /etc/hosts and hit enter to open the hosts file in text editor. This command may prompt to enter the user’s (login) password for authorization, just type your password.
- In a new line, type the domain name in this format 127.0.0.1 www.example.com to block this particular website. You can add any number of sites to restrict accessing these web pages. Just start a new line for each website address following the above green highlighted code.
- When you finish adding the sites that you want to block, just press ctrl+x and then Y to save changes to the file.
Now, all done!
Reboot your machine to completely finishing the task of blocking websites access.
Block Websites on Your Phone or Tablet
Block websites on an Android phone or tablet using the antivirus app.
Trend Micro antivirus for Android allows users to block websites that they don’t want to access.
- Install the app on Google play store and go to Options => Safe Surfing.
- To disable accessing sites, here you will have to create a free account. Swipe to Parental Controls and click on setup account. After creating the account, you will see an option – Blocked List in the app.
- Tap blocked list and start adding sites that you wanna restrict.
Via using this feature, you can block all unwanted websites.
Then, no one would be able to open these sites on your android smartphone.
Block websites on a Windows phone or tablet
Unfortunately, there is no permanent way to fully restricting a site on Windows mobile.
However, you can use AVG Family Safety browser as it blocks websites with explicit or malicious content by default.
If you consider spending some money to purchase an AVG antivirus license, you can customize the list of blocked sites.
Block websites on an Apple iOS device
Apple has come with a pretty useful feature of handy parental control tools by default that allows users to block websites.
- Go to Settings => General => Restrictions and tab on Enable Restrictions.
- Now type a password for restricting sites. Make sure you’re choosing a different passcode from the one you use to unlock the iOS device.
- Once you set the passcode, scroll down and tap the Websites. Here you can see some various ways to restrict a site. Just start enabling the features that best suit your needs.
When someone tries to access a blocked website, the system shows a message that
You cannot browse this page because it is restricted
To browse that particular blocked site, you need to tap Allow Website and enter key in the Restrictions Passcode.
Block Websites on Your Network
Block websites in the network – the best and easiest way of restricting sites is a WiFi router.
If you’re using a WiFi network in your home, then it’s a pretty cool way to block websites.
- Reach to your router via entering the default router’s IP address in the browser. Many router brands have a different default IP address. But, most of the WiFi router companies use 192.168.1.1 as a default IP. To check yours, see the back panel of your router or read the manual guide that came with your router.
- Login to the router by entering username and password. Again see router’s user guide or look the back panel of the router to find the login credentials.
- Once you logged into the router, just find an option something like Parental Control, Access Restrictions, Access Management, Internet Access Policy. Whatever the word is there on your router, just understand the mean of the same sense. Here you can set the sites that you wish to block.
- After adding the sites, simply click on Save and reboot your router to make sure all websites blocked successfully.
Any device connected to the router will not have access to the blocked sites.
This is the best solution for employers as well.
If any of the above solutions to block websites seems hard to do for you, don’t mess it yourself, just think to take help with a professional tech expert.
Hope all the above ways to block websites in computer, network & smartphone is helping you to restrict unwanted web pages. If you need some more support, just do comment below and please if you like it, share it on social sites.
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