How to remove the Windows shortcut arrow from desktop icons in Window 10

How to remove the Windows shortcut arrow from desktop icons in Window 10

How to remove the Windows shortcut arrow from desktop icons in Window 10

How to remove the Windows shortcut arrow from desktop icons in Window 10

In Windows, icons for shortcuts have little arrows to remind you that what you’re looking at is a shortcut. Even though the arrows are smaller than in some previous versions of Windows, they aren’t terribly attractive. Fortunately, they’re pretty easy to remove.

The easiest way to remove shortcut arrows, if you’re willing to download extra software, is to use a third party tweaking utility. One of the best is Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4 for Windows 10. It also happens to be free and it’s a portable tool, so there’s nothing to install. Just download it, run it, and start tweaking. Tools like this offer lots of tweaking options, so our advice is to go slow. Make a tweak or two at a time and see how they work, then come back for more. Ultimate Windows Tweaker automatically creates a system restore point for you when it starts, but if you’re concerned about a tweak go ahead and back up your computer first.

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To remove arrows from shortcut icons with Ultimate Windows Tweaker, choose the Customization section on the left, click the File Explorer tab, and then click “Remove Shortcut Arrows From Shortcut Icons.” To put them back, follow the same process. The button will now be named “Restore Shortcut Arrows To Shortcut Icons.”

Ultimate Window Tweaker

Ultimate Window Tweaker

If you’re using Windows 7 or an earlier version, the Club recommends the older Ultimate Windows Tweaker version 2. Unzip and load the program. Then click Additional Tweaks in the left pane. Check Remove arrows from Shortcut Icons. The changes won’t take place until you click Apply, then Close, and then reboot (or at least log off and on).
Most programs allow you to click Apply or Close. But this one only works if you do one, and then the other.

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