How to change / remove Windows shortcut arrow?

2014-02-10 Windows

To remove shortuct arrow in Windows without any third party software, follow below steps and you will be able to remove shortcut arrow or change it to a classic one (if you are modifying Windows 7).

Windows Shortcut Arrow in Windows 7  – arrow’s preview in Windows 7

Classic Windows Shortcut Arrow  – classic Windows arrow

Open “Run” menu and type:


Go to location provided below:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Icons

If you are unable to find “Shell Icons” entry then under “Explorer” right click and create new key with name equal to:

Shell Icons

In the right panel of already created key, right click and create new string value called just:


Double click on it to add specific value:


for no icon (transparent)


for classic Windows arrow


for Windows 7 style arrow. To see the changes restart your computer.