Removing The Shortcut Arrow

By Diana Huggins

A shortcut is a pointer to a file or application that is stored in another location. When you create a shortcut, you’ll notice the icon has a small arrow in the corner. And, yes, you guessed it! This little arrow indicates to you that the icon is, indeed, a shortcut.

So here is a tip that lets you remove the shortcut arrow and it works with all versions of Windows. A word of caution before you proceed since it does require making changes to the registry; do so carefully!

To completely remove the shortcut arrow, open the registry and delete the Isshortcut from the following three keys:

  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\InternetShortcut

Once you’ve made the change, Windows no longer considers shortcuts to be shortcuts anymore. Note: A security update for Windows 98 may prevent the steps outlined above from working.