Posted by: abbascom | October 27, 2011

Removing Shortcut Arrow from Desktop Icons

When you create shortcut for any of application, file or folder on your desktop, it is displayed with an arrow icon. It is common with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and others. These arrows are displayed to show the difference between the original and duplicate files/folders. You can easily remove that shortcut arrow icon from those folders using the Registry Editor option. To remove those arrows, follow the following steps:

  1. Click Start button and Run option from the list.
  2. Type regedit to reach Registry Editor.
  3. Navigate through HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT to reach lnkfile.
  4. Available entries for this key are displayed. Double click IsShortcut entry to delete its registry value.
  5. Again navigate through HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT to reach ConfrenceLink and repeat step 4.
  6. Navigate through HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT to reach DocShortcut and repeat step 4.
  7. Navigate through HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT to reach InternetShortcut and repeat step 4.
  8. Navigate through HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT to reach WSHFile and repeat step 4.
  9. Close Registry Editor and restart computer.

You will see all your shortcut arrows have gone and the shortcut look like the original file/folders.

*Note: to reach easily and instantly to the required entry, press Ctrl + F and type IsShortcut in the text box. It quickly finds the required option for you. Press F3 to go to next similar option and Registry Editor finds it for you within seconds.


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