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How to remove shortcut arrow on icons in Windows

IMPORTANT! Do not use this tip if you are on Windows 8/8.1. Doing so will result your “START” button to malfunction – clicking on it will not do anything. For all other versions of Windows, please follow these steps below:

  1. Run Registry Editor (RegEdit).
  2. Navigate to the following registry key:
  3. Delete the IsShortcut registry value in the right pane.

  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:
  5. Exit from Registry Editor.

  6. Logout and login again or restart Explorer for the change to take effect.

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