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Remove or Change the Shortcut Arrow (Windows 9x and NT)

Would you prefer to show your shortcuts without the arrow in the bottom left hand courner? This tip will show you how to change the arrow icon or remove it completely.

To Remove the Icon:
Open your registry and delete the value named 'IsShortCut' from the keys [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile] and [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\piffile].

To Change the Icon:
Open the key [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Icons] and create a new string value called '29', or modify the exist value, so that the data equal the filename for the icon you want to use for the shortcut arrow.

Note: Restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

For example, the setting may look like:

(Default) (value not set)
29 "c:\windows\system\shell32.dll,21"

Registry Settings:
More info:

Disclaimer: Modifying the registry can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. We cannot guarantee that problems resulting from the incorrect use of the registry can be solved. Use the information provided at your own risk.


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