Removing the Hand from Icons of Shared Folders

by Eric Geier [Published on 26 June 2008 / Last Updated on 26 June 2008]

How to prevent the hand from appearing on the icons of shared resources.

As you probably know, a hand appears on the icons of folders and drives you share on your network. However, if you don’t want people knowing what you’re sharing (or the hand just bothers you), you can remove the hand from the icons of the resources you share; which requires editing the Windows Registry:


Key: Network\SharingHandler

Name: (Default)

Type: REG_SZ

Value: blank = No Icon, "msshrui.dll" for Windows 9x/Me, "ntshrui.dll" for Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista

After editing the registry, you need to restart your PC.

You can still view the resources you are sharing via the Computer Management window. In Windows XP, this is accessible by clicking Start>Control Panel>Performance and Maintenance category>Administrative Tools>Computer Management. Then expand System Tools and Shared Folders, and click on the Shares folder.


Eric Geier is an author of many wireless networking and computing books including Home Networking All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies (Wiley 2008) and 100 Things You Need to Know about Upgrading to Windows Vista (Que 2007).

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The Author — Eric Geier

Eric Geier (Dayton, Ohio) is a Freelance  Tech Writer and Author specializing in computer networking. He's also the Founder and Owner of NoWiresSecurity, which provides a hosted cloud-based RADIUS service to help businesses easily secure their Wi-Fi networks with the Enterprise (802.1X) mode of WPA/WPA2 security. He’s also the Founder and Owner of On Spot Techs, which provides on-site computer and technology services.

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