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Removing Shortcut Arrows from Files, Folders and Icons

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By default, each shortcut file will have an arrow icon to indicate that it's a pointer to another file/folder. You can change or remove the shortcut arrow using one of the methods discussed in this article. An easy way to remove those irritating arrows from your desktop shortcut icons.

Follow these steps:

  1. Click Start and then click Run and type Regedit and Hit enter.
  2. Navigate to the following Key
  3. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Icons
  4. If you are unable to find Shell Icon create a new one and if you have Shell Icon, then skip to Step 7
  5. Right click on Explorer Key and click on New > Key
  6. Type the Key name as Shell Icons and Hit Enter
  7. Click on Shell Icons key and on the Right side, do a Right click and choose New > String Value
  8. Name it as 29 and Hit enter
  9. Right click on the 29 and choose Modify
  10. Type the highlighted text C:\Windows\System32\shell32.dll,50 and click Ok. (shell32.dll,50 is a empty icon)
  11. Close the Registry
To apply the changes
  • Right click on the Desktop and choose Properties
  • Click on Appearance Tab and then choose Advanced
  • From Item drop down list choose Icon and change the size to 31
  • Click Ok on Advanced Appearance and then click Apply and Ok on Display Properties.
The changes will be applied now. Repeat the above steps and then set the Icon size back to 32 (defaults). The above steps are required to force Windows to redraw the icons. Even Tweak UI does this.

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