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How to Remove the Arrows from Shortcut Icons on Windows 10

Date:2019-12-18 Author:Cordelia

As you may have already noticed, unlike other icons, the shortcuts you put on your desktop always come with a small arrow. It can be quite annoying If you prefer a simple, clean desktop. So how can you remove the arrows from these shortcut icons?

You can try this way in Windows 10:

1. Right-click anywhere on the desktop of your computer, choose New and select Text Document in the expanded menu.

How to Remove the Arrows from Shortcut Icons on Windows 10

2. Open the text document and copy this code to it:

Reg add “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Icons” /v 29 /d “%systemroot%\system32\imageres.dll,197” /t reg_sz /f

taskkill /f /im explorer.exe

attrib -s -r -h “%userprofile%\AppData\Local\iconcache.db”

del “%userprofile%\AppData\Local\iconcache.db” /f /q

start explorer

pause

3. Then click File and Save the changes.

How to Remove the Arrows from Shortcut Icons on Windows 10

4. Next, rename this text document as you like and change the file suffix from “.txt” to “.bat“.

How to Remove the Arrows from Shortcut Icons on Windows 10

There will be a dialog box popping out requiring you to confirm the change. You just need to hit Yes button.

How to Remove the Arrows from Shortcut Icons on Windows 10

5. Now, you can right-click the file and choose Run as administrator to open it. It will take effect automatically. Just wait for a while and all the arrows will be removed from those shortcut icons on your desktop.

Remember, you must run it as administrator, otherwise it wouldn’t work.

How to Remove the Arrows from Shortcut Icons on Windows 10

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2 thoughts on “How to Remove the Arrows from Shortcut Icons on Windows 10”

  1. Darren says:

    Doesn’t any more, since last Windows 10 updates.

    1. Darren says:

      Missed out “work”. Not working.

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