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Methods to remove the small arrow below a shortcut

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By default, Windows adds a small arrow (see image) to a "shortcut" icon.

But some Internet users prefer shortcuts without an arrow.

Warning: On the Windows Seven system, after modifying the registry, when you right-click on a shortcut, we have "Pin to taskbar" and "Pin to Start Menu" that are no longer in the drop-down menu. To perform this operation on Windows 7, proceed to the appropriate method You can consult it by clicking here.. /!

Method with Tweak UI

Download TweakUI HERE.

In Windows 2000 / XP / 2003, go to the section "Explorer"> "Shortcut":

Method with Vista Shortcut Manager

Download Vista Shortcut Manager HERE (works with 95 / 98 / Me / XP / Vista).

The installation is very simple: Click Next at each window and then Close to close the installation program.

You will get this:

Choose the option that interests you, click Apply, finally click yes to log off and restart your computer.

Method using the register

It is also possible to make the arrows disappear thanks to a modification in the Registry Database.

Attention, we must follow the manipulation to the letter

It means that neither the webmaster of this site ( neither the site itselfNor the author of these lines can not be held responsible for any damage and malfunctions of your computer.

It is best to make a backup of the registry before doing this method.

1 - Click Start, Run.

2 - Type regedit and confirm with [OK].

3 - Registry / Registry Editor opens.

4 - Enlarge the window if necessary

5 - In the left pane, go to the following subkey: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTlnkfile

6 - In the right pane, find the IsShortCut value

7 - Right-click on this value and rename it to xIsShortCut

(The goal is to rename the subkey so that Windows does not recognize it)

8 - Close the registry editor and, if necessary, restart your PC.

To restore the shortcut arrows, follow the same method up to the 6 line.

  • We must identify the value xIsShortCut
  • Right-click on this value and rename it to IsShortCut
  • Close the registry editor and, if necessary, restart your PC.

Method using the registry for Windows 7

If you change the registry key listed above (IsShortCut), this disables the "pin" function (start menu and taskbar).

  • So you just have to find this key (see method above), or add it (see method below)

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerShell Icons

  • Once localized, click on it and go to the right part of the window.
  • Right click then "expandable string value" and name it: 29
  • Paste this in value: % Systemroot% system32shell32.dll, 50
  • Close the registry editor and, if necessary, restart your PC.

This manipulation can be done via a file.reg:

  • Open the notepad or right-click anywhere> new> text document
  • Paste the following:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerShell Icons]


25,00,5c, 00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d, 00,33,00,32,00,5c, 00,73,00,68,



  • do "save as", with the desired file-name.Reg and at the line "file type" put on "everything".

To restore, simply delete the string (just the line "29") in the registry, at the location

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerShell Icons

Jean-François Pillou

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