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Windows 7 - How to Remove the Arrow from Shortcuts

Shortcuts lead to programs, files, folders or drives. They are normally found on the desktop or in the start menu or a toolbar on the taskbar, providing a quick way to launch the program, file or folder in question. Shortcuts are files in themselves, with the file extension ".lnk." When viewed as large icons or in Windows Explorer, you can tell that a file is a shortcut by the small arrow overlay at the bottom-right corner of the icon. If you want to remove this arrow from shortcuts, follow these steps. You will need to edit the Windows registry to make this change. Because the Windows registry is a very important part of your operating system, it is a good idea to back it up first. You can do this by manually creating a system restore point. To do this, start the Control Panel from the start menu and click "System and Security." Click "System," and the in the left-hand pane, click "System protection." At the bottom of the System Properties window which appears, click "Create." Enter a name for the restore point and click "Create" again. Close the window once this is complete.

Open up the Windows registry by typing "regedit" into the start menu search box and clicking on the result which appears. Navigate to the following key:


Right-click on the "Explorer" key (represented by the folder icon) and click "New" followed by "Key." Name the key "Shell icons" and press Enter.

Select the key that you just created and right-click anywhere in the right-hand pane of the registry editor and click "New" and create a new string value. Enter the following value and press Enter:


Close the registry editor. For the changes to take effect, you'll need a blank icon file (blank.ico) located in the "System32" directory in your Windows folder. You can find the file you need from various websites. You can also do a Google search for "blank.ico."


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