Tech Tips Home
The Best Tech Tips And Daily Deals
Newsletter On The Internet!

WorldStart Tech Tip And Store Search
Email: Password: Login Remember Me

Like what you see here? Subscribe to the Tech Tips newsletter!   Email: Subscribe

Remove the Arrows pt. 2

Monday, December 26th, 2011 by | Filed Under: Desktop Enhancement

I’m going to take you through two more methods for removing the shortcut arrow from windows 7, as several of you found that my other tip on the subject did not work.

Tip 1:

This first method involves a little tinkering with the Registry Editor.  Simply open the Start Menu, type “regedit” in the search line and press enter.

This will open the Regedit screen as shown below.

Note: Please consult a professional if you are uncomfortable editing the Windows Registry. Worldstart will not be held responsible for any damage you do to your PC.

In the left pane, follow the below folder string:

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

Just click the first folder “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE” and then click “SOFTWARE” inside this folder and so on until you arrive at the “Shell Icons” folder.

Once you have selected the “Shell Icons” folder, right click a blank space in the right hand pane.  Click “New” and “String Value” in the popup menu and name it “29”.

Right click the newly created “29” folder and click “Modify” on the resulting folder.

Type in C:\Windows\System32\shell32.dll,29, click OK and restart your machine.  With any luck the shortcut arrows should have disappeared, but if by a strange twist of chance they haven’t – or you find the above method too tricky – please read on.

Tip 2:

Click this link and download the file.

Open the downloaded zip file and copy the “Blank.ico” icon to your desktop.  Right click the file, click file and click unblock as shown below (it may or may not be there, you just have to check that it is unblocked if there is the option).

Open the c:\Windows folder and copy and paste the “Blank.ico” icon into it.

Once copied into the Windows folder, right click “Blank.ico” again and click Merge, click through the resulting options and restart your machine.

If you would like to quickly restore the shortcut arrows then download this file, copy to your desktop, right click it and click “Merge”.  Click through the resultant “are you sure?” boxes and restart your machine.

Hopefully, all of the bases have now been covered in relation to that pesky little eye sores on your shortcuts! But if you’re still experiencing problems just let me know, I’m more than happy to help.

~Matthew McGuire

Tags: , , ,

4 Responses to “Remove the Arrows pt. 2”

  1. Dave Henton says:

    Hello Matthew.
    I have done the Tip2: to remove the pesky little arrow’s but after restart all the icons have been replaced by the same icon.Can you please advise.
    Dave Henton

  2. Douglas Pallace says:

    this tip works but also removes icon picture as well not just the arrow, is there a way to just remove the arrow and not the icon picture!!

  3. jack higgins says:

    Didn’t work at all…..Is there another way to remove the arrow and not the icon

  4. norma says:

    Love your tips. How can I find out why I can’t seem to open contents of many links newsletters that I suscribe to? A little yellow flash with an exclamation point in it pops up. It’s happening more and more frequently now. Thanks! norma

Leave a Reply

Like these tips? Get them for FREE in your email!

WorldStart's Tech Tips Newsletter

  • Tech Tips Daily - Become a tech pro! Get the very best tech and computer help sent directly to your email every weekday!

  • Tech Tips Weekly - If you don't want our Tech Tips newsletter every day, then sign up for this weekly newsletter to get the best information of the week. Sent on Fridays.

Other Newsletters

  • WorldStart's Daily Deals - Every week, we send out great deals in our Daily Deals newsletter. Many of these deals are exclusively for our Daily Deals newsletter subscribers and can't be found with our regular specials.

  • Just For Grins - Each issue includes a couple clean jokes, some funny quotes, and a hilarious reader's story. Newsletter is sent five days a week.

Enter Email Address:


Your e-mail address is safe with us!
We only use it to send you the newsletters you request. It is NEVER disclosed to a third party for any reason, ever! Plus, if you decided you don't like our newsletters (don't worry, you'll love them), unsubscribing is fast and easy.

Free Newsletter Signup

Tech Tips Daily

Become a tech pro! Get the very best tech and computer help sent directly to your email every weekday!

Tech Tips Weekly

The week's best in tech and computer help. Get your issue sent to your email every Friday!

WorldStart's Daily Deals

The very best deals on the Internet! Get a new set of incredible sales every day of the week!

Just For Grins

Clean jokes, funny quotes, and hilarious comics. Sent 5 times a week straight to your email.


Love Worldstart? Refer A Friend!

WorldStart's Premium Membership

Tip Archive