Windows 10: Shortcut Overlays appearing on non-shortcut icons on desktop

Discus and support Shortcut Overlays appearing on non-shortcut icons on desktop in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; Hello, I recently purchased a new Windows 10 laptop, and it has an odd issue which my old Windows 10 machine didn't... All the icons on the... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by hfloyd, Sep 12, 2017.

  1. hfloyd Win User

    Shortcut Overlays appearing on non-shortcut icons on desktop


    Hello,
    I recently purchased a new Windows 10 laptop, and it has an odd issue which my old Windows 10 machine didn't...

    All the icons on the desktop (except the Recycle Bin) are showing shortcut overlays (little blue arrows on the lower-left corner of the icon) - whether the icon is an actual shortcut (just a pointer to a file/folder stored elsewhere) or whether it is a file (stored in the "C:\Users\MY_USER_ACCOUNT\Desktop" folder).

    This is really irritating me, since I frequently use the desktop for temporary files (like downloads, etc) and like to clean it up every so often.

    I have attempted to "restore" the default shortcut behavior via registry settings (Shortcut Arrow Icon - Change, Remove, or Restore in Windows 10 Windows 10 Customization Tutorials ) but that didn't change the issue I am seeing.

    I would like the overlays to display properly - with overlays on actual shortcuts, and no overlays on files/folders located in the "Desktop" folder on disk.

    Has anyone else experienced this behavior? Any ideas on how to fix it?

    Thanks in advance!
    ~Heather

    :)
     
    hfloyd, Sep 12, 2017
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  3. voldemarz Win User
    BUG: Desktop shortcut icons, overlay keeps changing

    I have this issue as well. Shortcut icon overlays sometimes disappear, sometimes change to some other icon. I tried running dism and sfc commands, but they didn't find any issues.

    I have 2 applications that have custom overlays - Dropbox and TortoiseSVN. They were not causing issues on Windows 7 / 8, so I don't think they suddenly are an issue. Also I had
    Stadock Fences 2
    desktop organization software (also used before on Win 7/8), I though it might be an issue, but after disabling it, issues with shortcut overlays remained.

    Windows 10 was installed as clean install, not upgrade.

    When shortcut overlays are missing, opening right-mouse context menu on desktop and choosing "refresh" brings them back.
     
    voldemarz, Sep 12, 2017
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