This article describes how to remove or modify the overlay (arrow icon) shown for Shortcuts in Windows.
Download FxVisor (Shortcut Overlay Remover for Windows Vista and 7) by frameworkx. FxVisor allows you to either way to modify or remove the shortcut overlay arrow in Windows 7 and Vista.
Method 2 (All versions of Windows, including Windows 10)
Removing the shortcut arrow: Download blank_icon.zip and extract the file blank.ico to a folder of your choice. In this example, we use C:\Icons\blank.ico as the path to the icon file you downloaded. And then follow these steps:
- Click Start, type regedit.exe and press ENTER
- Navigate to the following branch:
- In the right pane, create a new String value (REG_SZ) named 29
- Double-click 29 and set its Value data as C:\Icons\blank.ico
- Close Regedit.exe and restart Windows
Note: If the Shell Icons branch does not exist already, you’ll need to create it.
Credits: The overlay icon above (blank.ico) was created using the freeware IcoFX utility.
Setting Light arrow overlay: If you wish to use a light arrow for Shortcuts, you may do so by downloading lightarrow.zip (includes lightarrow.ico). Copy lightarrow.ico to your Icons folder, and set the Value data for 29 accordingly (see Step 4 above). If you’ve copied lightarrow.ico to your C:\Icons folder, the Value data would be C:\Icons\lightarrow.ico
(Fig) Shortcut overlay – Light arrow
About the author
Ramesh Srinivasan is passionate about Microsoft technologies and has a vast experience in the ITeS industry — delivering support for Microsoft's consumer products. He has been a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional [MVP], for 10 years in a row from 2003 to 2012 for his contribution in various Windows support forums.