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Fix Highlight and Checkmarks on Desktop Shortcuts in Windows XP
Posted By soumen On February 4, 2013 @ 11:00 AM In Desktop Enhancement | Comments Disabled
Mary from Lake City, Fl writes:
I have a Windows XP and I right-clicked on the desk top so I could go to MS Office word to save a recipe and I accidentally clicked something else. Now all my icons on the desktop are highlighted and they have a check mark on them and I can’t figure out how to change them back, I know you will have an answer for this, thanks. ~ Mary Andrew
By default Windows uses ‘drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop’ so that the desktop icon text looks transparent. If you have unintentionally highlighted all your desktop icons and you are using desktop wallpaper, you will see a border around your icon texts in the color you have as your solid background. To make the icon texts look like they did before on your wallpaper, here is the fix:
Also, by default Windows shows an arrow associated with every shortcut file which is a pointer to another file or folder. To change or remove the shortcut arrow you need to edit the registry a bit. Here is how.
NOTE: Windows Registry is a tricky place, so take caution before you do this.
If you are not comfortable doing the above method you can use a third party application named Tweak UI to do the job. There are extra options for better customization such as to set the shortcut arrows to Light Arrow style. All you have to do open Tweak UI  click Explorer and then click Shortcut. Choose Light Arrow or None according to your requirement. I believe this will solve the issue you are facing.
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 Tweak UI: http://windowsxp.mvps.org/tweakui.htm