Remove shortcut arrow from desktop icons completely

Published in Windows XP User Interface Tweaks by TweakXP Member with 58,422 views

To remove shortcut arrow from desktop icons in any type of document:

a) Perform instructions described under 'Remove shortcut arrow from desktop icons'. For your convenience, steps 1 to 3 are reported here.

b) Perform instructions described under 'Remove shortcut arrow from desktop icons (2)'. For your convenience, steps 4 and 5 are reported here.

c) And finally, do the same with conferencelink, docshortcut, internetshortcut and wshfile.

So, here is a summary of all actions:

1. Start regedit.
2. Navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile
3. Delete the IsShortcut registry value.

4. Navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\piffile
5. Delete the IsShortcut registry value.

6. Navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ConferenceLink
7. Delete the IsShortcut registry value.
8. Navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DocShortCut
9. Delete the IsShortcut registry value.
10.Navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\InternetShortcut
11. Delete the IsShortcut registry value.
12. Navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\WSHFile
13. Delete the IsShortcut registry value.

14. Close regedit.

Logoff and... Enjoy!

Note : Please note that in some cases deactivating the arrow for *.LNK files might lead to duplicate items in the Explorer Context menu.

 

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Comments

There isn't a "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile" folder in my Vista Home Premium. Just thought you would like to know.
Posted by DnTwnBro on 5 years ago

There isn't a "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile" folder in my windows Xp pro do so I do?
Posted by Erick on 4 years ago

I, too, am missing the inkfile folder. XP home here :)
Posted by Jess on 4 years ago

I deleted the wrong thing, now none on my icons are working,,,
Posted by Unknown on 4 years ago

it is not "inkfile" it is Lnkfile
Posted by ME on 3 years ago

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