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MS Office icons have blue arrows like they are compressed, but they're not

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#1 kelsyhb


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Posted 10 April 2018 - 05:51 PM

This is more of a "I need to figure this out for my sanity" situation, rather than "I need to figure this out or the computer won't work" :)


I manage 20 computers at a public library. They are all brand new, purchased in 2017 and configured by our system's IT guys. They all had Office 2007 installed on them by the IT guys, and on one of them I noticed that there are blue arrows on the Office icons.


I recently uninstalled Office 2007 and installed Office 2016 on all the computers. Again, the arrows appeared on the icons--again, the only computer to do so.


I read this thread and checked the advanced attributes. The box "Compress contents to save disk space" is not checked. What else could be causing the arrows on the icons?

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#2 britechguy


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Posted 10 April 2018 - 05:57 PM

Heaven only knows.  I have just installed a fresh copy of Office 2010 on a Windows 10 machine and the same is true of the desktop icons.  The "compressed arrows" are icon overlays, and you can search here on BC and elsewhere about how they work (or are supposed to work).  Why there are occasions when they appear absent the circumstance that's supposed to make them appear, often seemingly at random, has always been a mystery for me no matter how much research I've done.  If the Office programs fire up normally I just chalk it up to "quirk" and move along.

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