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Remove the Hand Icon for Shared Resources (All Windows)

Normally when you share a local resource on the network a hand icon is placed under the item to show it is shared. With this tweak you can remove the icon.

This tweak can be easily applied using WinGuides Tweak Manager.
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Open your registry and find the [SharingHandler] key below.

To remove the icon clear the current data from the "(Default)" value. To restore the icon to the default enter one of the filenames listed below for your OS.

Restart Windows for the changes to take effect.

Registry Editor Example
Registry Settings
System Key: [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Network\SharingHandler]
Value Name: (Default)
Data Type: REG_SZ (String Value)
Value Data: (blank = No Icon, "msshrui.dll" for Windows 9x/Me, "ntshrui.dll" for Windows NT/2000/XP)

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Disclaimer: Modifying the registry can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. We cannot guarantee that problems resulting from modifications to the registry can be solved. Use the information provided at your own risk.

Last modified: March 26, 2002