Remove the Alias Arrow Badge From Icons in Mac OS X
Anytime you create an alias in Mac OS X the resulting alias of a file, app, or folder, will include the arrow icon in the corner. This makes it easy to identify any item as an alias, but you can hide the alias arrow badge from icons if you don’t want to see them:
- From the OS X Finder hit Command+Shift+G and enter the following path:
- Locate the file named “AliasBadgeIcon.icns” and rename it to “AliasBadgeIcon-no.icns”, you will need to authenticate the change because this is a system folder
- Launch the Terminal from /Applications/Utilities/ or by hitting Command+Spacebar and typing “Terminal”
- Type “killall Finder” to relaunch the Finder
The Mac OS X Finder and desktop will refresh and all the alias icons will be gone.
This is not a permanent change. To re-enable the arrow badges again, go back to the same Resources directory and rename the “AliasBadgeIcon-no.icns” badge back to “AliasBadgeIcon.icns”, then kill the Finder again to refresh and to see the alias arrows again.
Most users won’t want to do this but there are certainly use cases where people may want to, like when creating a custom app launcher or even just to create a more minimalist desktop appearance.