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10.4: Remove arrows from aliases System 10.4
Tiger only hintI dislike the Windows-like arrows in the lower left corner of alias icons. Ever since Panther came out, I'd been using the technique described in this hint to get rid of them. When the 10.4.3 Update restored the pesky arrows, I had a little trouble locating the tip, because it is categorized for 10.3, and updated information for Tiger users is only presented at the end of the comments. Hence, this 10.4-only version summarizes (and slightly elaborates on) the Tiger-specific instructions from the original submission.

This procedure, which renames the arrow-image file (AliasBadgeIcon.icns) so that the System won't find it, affects all users and accounts and requires administrator privileges. Open Terminal and type:
cd /System/Library/CoreServices/CoreTypes.bundle/Contents/Resources
Press Return and then type:
sudo mv AliasBadgeIcon.icns AliasBadgeIcon_off.icns
Press Return again, type your administrator's password at the prompt, and you're done. The arrows will be gone after your next restart.

To undo this, repeat the steps above, but swap the positions of the filenames on the second command line:
sudo mv AliasBadgeIcon_off.icns AliasBadgeIcon.icns
All thanks and credit to the original posters who figured this out.
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10.4: Remove arrows from aliases
Authored by: Wintermute on Nov 08, '05 07:17:32AM
An even easier way to achieve the same result can be accomplished by the little shareware application CandyBar. It enables you to change all system icons, including the alias-arrow, and save different sets of icons.

Of course this is only an alternativ if you like to play around with the system, and other, icons, or find the thought of entering the Terminal more frightening, and the alias-arrow more annoying, than using $13 on the shareware fee.

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10.4: Remove arrows from aliases
Authored by: murat on Nov 08, '05 11:01:19PM

I dislike the Windows-like arrows in the lower left corner of alias icons.

That arrow on Windows is actually Mac-like. The Mac had those little arrows long before Windows did, 1990 if memory serves. They first appeared in System 7.



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10.4: Remove arrows from aliases
Authored by: DavidRavenMoon on Nov 09, '05 06:15:17AM

System 7 used italic type to signify an alias... it didn't have the arrows. I don't remember when they started using the arrows, but OS 9 does have them.

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10.4: Remove arrows from aliases
Authored by: magnamous on Nov 11, '05 02:09:48PM

Does anyone know why Apple stopped using italics for aliases? I really liked it. I have nothing in particular against the arrow badges, but I think it would be good to have the italics, too. That way there's a textual reinforcement of the fact that the file is an alias in addition to a graphical one...



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10.4: Remove arrows from aliases
Authored by: tubadood on Dec 10, '05 07:32:40PM

Would it not be more graceful to back up the original .icns file and replace it with a blank (fully transparent) one, rather than "losing" it to the system?



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10.4: Remove arrows from aliases
Authored by: daz1847 on Aug 25, '10 08:48:47PM

Also work great for Leopard 10.5.X



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10.7.1 - Remove Alias Badge
Authored by: pbGuy on Aug 27, '11 10:31:06AM
This does work in Lion - 10.7.1 - Complete the Terminal input, and then, Logout. After logging back in, badges gone. (I've not tried the re-apply badges, but most likely, it will work as well.
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