Remove Alias Arrow?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by ArtOfWarfare, Aug 10, 2008.

  1. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    I have two stacks that are full of aliases...

    my common Applications stack (well... the semi-common... common enough I'd like to be able to quickly find them but not so common I put them straight in my dock,) and my common Games stack.

    Most of them are aliases because the originals are in folders that have various external data files with them that they need (sorry if that doesn't make any sense.)*

    It's kind of annoying that they all have the alias arrow markings...

    is there an easy (I think I can copy the original icon into a new preview document, save that, then copy and paste that ontop of the original icon, but that would be time consuming,) and free (I think Candybar can do it for me but I don't want to pay for that,) way to do it?

    Edit: I suppose I could have Automator do it... although it seems like figuring out all the functions I need would take almost as long as just doing it manually.

    * 2X Edit: For example, I need to leave Xcode in the Developer folder because I think it finds the framework references and stuff there... so I had to make an alias. Same thing with Interface Builder and Dashcode. Grapher, Grab, and Activity Monitor are all Utilities so I'd rather leave them in their original files for incase some other application needs to launch them (like I have an Automator script that uses Grab... I'm not sure if that would work if I moved the original...)
  2. pjrobertson macrumors 6502a

    Nov 14, 2007
  3. ArtOfWarfare thread starter macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    Hmmm... remove all alias arrows system wide with that terminal command...

    well why not?


    Then again, it just occurred to me... if Candy Bar can do it... then why can't I manually change it? Like just go into the system files and change it.

    Well, I'll do the terminal command. Hopefully it's reversible for incase I don't like it.

    Edit: Oh, I found the file. :\ why would you buy Candy Bar? Seems simple enough to just replace these images...
  4. pjrobertson macrumors 6502a

    Nov 14, 2007
    To get the arrow files back, just undo the mv command


    $ cd /System/Library/CoreServices/CoreTypes.bundle/Contents/Resources
    $ sudo mv AliasBadgeIcon_OFF.icns AliasBadgeIcon.icns

    then enter your password

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