All shortcut icons in Windows operating system, including Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7, has a small arrow overlay on the icons. The arrow is used to different between a shortcut from an actual physical file itself. The shortcut arrow is presented on all desktop icons, and icons in Windows Explorer, and it can be easily remove or hide.

How to Hide and Remove Shortcut Arrow from Desktop Icons and Other Icons

1. Run Registry Editor (RegEdit).
2. Navigate to the following registry key:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile

3. Delete the IsShortcut registry value in the right pane.

Tip: It’s also workable to just rename the IsShortcut registry entry to another name, such as IsNotShortcut.

4. Some other type of documents and files may be shortcut arrow on their icons too. To remove the shortcut arrow overlay image on these icons, navigate to each of the following registry keys, and then repeat step 2 and step 3 above to deactivate the shortcut arrow:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\piffile