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How to Remove Shortcut Arrow from Icons in Windows 7, 8, and 10 Easily

March 10, 2016

In all versions of Windows, whenever you create a shortcut and place it on theRemove Shortcut Arrow from Icons in Windows desktop, Windows overlay an arrow on its icon. The purpose of this arrow is for differentiating between an original item and a shortcut. Even these arrows are smaller; they are not so attractive, especially on the desktop. If you also think so, then fortunately you can remove these arrows in a couple of different ways.

In this post I will show you how to remove shortcut arrow or replace it with a custom image.

1) Windows Shortcut Arrow Editor:

The easiest way to remove or customize shortcut arrows is to use a third party tool. For this purpose there are many tools available, but one of the best is Windows Shortcut Arrow Editor.

Windows Shortcut Arrow Editor allows you to remove the shortcut arrow in Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows Vista or set it to the nice custom icon. It works properly in both x86 and x64 editions of Windows and does not require to be installed.WinaeroTweaker - Remove Windows Shortcut Arrow

Download: Windows Shortcut Arrow Editor

2) Edit the Registry Manually:

If you are familiar with registry, then you can edit the registry yourself without downloading or running any extra tool for this.

Since we are about to make changes to the Registry, it is always recommended that you take the backup of your registry first. Read the post for learning how to take backup of Registry- What you should know about Windows Registry?

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE --> SOFTWARE --> Microsoft --> Windows --> CurrentVersion --> Explorer --> Shell Icons

Note: If you don’t find Shell Icoregedit- Shell_key - Remove Windows Shortcut Arrowns key, then you have to create it manually. If it is not there, right-click on Explorer in the left-hand pane and choose New – Key and give name to it as a “Shell Icons”


You will need to log off and log on again or restart your computer to see the changes.

If you want to bring the arrows back, just delete the 29 value you created.

Although it's possible to remove the arrow, my recommendation is that you do not do this. The arrows serve an important function--providing quick visual identification of a shortcut. If you remove the arrows, you run the substantial risk that sooner or later you will delete something you wanted to keep, thinking that you were just deleting a shortcut to it. I would leave the arrows as they are.