Personalization Remove Shortcut Arrow Icon in Windows 11

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A shortcut is a link to an item (such as a file, folder, or app) on your PC. You can create shortcuts and then place them in a convenient location, such as on the desktop, so you can easily access the item that the shortcut links to. Shortcut files (.lnk) can be distinguished from the source target by the arrow that appears overlayed on the shortcut's icon.

This tutorial will show you how to remove the shortcut arrow overlay on all shortcut icons for all users in Windows 11.


You must be signed in as an administrator to remove the shortcut arrow icon.



Contents






OPTION ONE

Remove Shortcut Arrow Icon


1 Click/tap on the Download button below to download the ZIP file below.

Remove_shortcut_arrow._icon.zip


2 Save the .zip file to your desktop.

3 Unblock the .zip file.

4 Open the .zip file, and extract (drag and drop) the Remove_shortcut_arrow_icon.reg and blank.ico files to your desktop.

(Content of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Icons]
"29"="C:\\Windows\\blank.ico"

5 Copy/Move the blank.ico file into the C:\Windows folder, and click/tap on Continue when prompted to approve. (see screenshots below)

blank.ico-1.png
blank.ico-2.png

6 Double click/tap on the Remove_shortcut_arrow_icon.reg file to merge it.

7 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

8 Either restart the explorer process, sign out and sign in, or restart the computer to apply.

9 You can now delete any remaining files on your desktop if you like.





OPTION TWO

Restore Shortcut Arrow Icon


This is the default setting.


1 Click/tap on the Download button below to download the REG file below.

Restore_shortcut_arrow_icon.reg


(Content of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Icons]
"29"=-

2 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

3 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

4 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

5 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.

6 Open the C:\Windows folder, delete the blank.ico file, and click/tap on Continue when prompted to approve. (see screenshot below)

Delete_blank.ico.png


That's it,
Shawn Brink
 

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Is it a system requirement that the 'blank.ico' file MUST be in 'C:\Windows'?
OR can I place it in another folder, with the appropriate edit to the .reg file?
 

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Is it a system requirement that the 'blank.ico' file MUST be in 'C:\Windows'?
OR can I place it in another folder, with the appropriate edit to the .reg file?

Hello mate, :)

Sure you can save the "blank.ico" file where you like so long as you update the location in the registry as well. It does need to be a location that all users have at least read access rights to, or the icon may not work for them.
 

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Edit done, implemented & working! Thank you.
 

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Purely FYI. Ran this a couple of times and had to then delete and do again. The reg file kept on creating the registry key in
Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Icons - even though the \WOW6432Node\ sub-key is not in the script. Consequently the shortcut arrow remained

Registry entry easily and simply remedied manually, and works a treat, but just an interesting phenomena.
 

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Ima nab and keep this seen as with every windows update it reverts most of my settings and have to find this thread everytime seems like a pain in the snowflake
 

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Never had that problem, the only tweaks I have to redo are removing things from the context menu
 

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Never had that problem, the only tweaks I have to redo are removing things from the context menu
Yeah removed the shortcut things, Also turns indexing back on after every single update
 

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I must see if there is a tweak for turning indexing off as it would be quicker to run that than to go through services
 

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I must see if there is a tweak for turning indexing off as it would be quicker to run that than to go through services
In all honesty, Now ive got it down, It takes me about 30 seconds now, Just before when i was working out what i was doing it took a few xD Still a pain in the hole xD
 

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I have a folder for all my tweaks as .reg files, I just select and click. Here is a few of them
Screenshot 2022-01-17 143754.jpg
 

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I have all my default reg tweaks merged into one .reg file...,

... the only one I may have to install manually is the 'Turn Off Displays', in case MS borks the nircmd.exe!
 

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Sounds like a plan there @Edwin
 

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