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Windows, by default, put a small arrow on shortcuts to indicate they are a shortcut and not a file. This feature is very useful and can help you determine what type of file you are dealing with. If you are customizing your desktop or a folder, you may not want these shortcut overlay icons as they may ruin your design. In this guide, you’ll learn how to remove the icons from the shortcuts with a simple program.

Using Vista Shortcut Manager

A simple solution to removing shortcut overlay icons is to use Vista Shortcut Manager. This program is a small download and allows you to customize the icon or remove it completely. Examples of the effects of this program are seeing below:

The program allows you to simply choose which style icon you want:

Shortcut Overlay Customize 1

This is how the standard shortcut overlay looks:

Shortcut Overlay Customize 2

This is how the overlay looks with a light arrow:

Shortcut Overlay Customize 3

This is how the overlay looks with no arrow:

Shortcut Overlay Customize 4

Download Vista Shortcut Manager

Download Vista Shortcut Manager (Vista 32 bit only)



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18 thoughts on “Remove Shortcut Overlay Arrow Icon in Vista [How To]”

  1. james says:

    I’ve just installed window7 on my computer and my windows index score is reading 5.9. my cpu & memory are reading 7.1 and my graphics is redaing 6.4. my disk drive on the other hand is only reading 5.9. I have a (WD)500GB & a(WD)terabyte drive. I’ve installed windows on both the drives and still get the same all around reading. I’ve done the disk cleanup and the defrag,But still can”t seem to get above 5.9.
    If anyone has any suggestions I sure would appreciate it!

  2. james says:

    I’ve just installed window7 on my computer and my windows index score is reading 5.9. my cpu & memory are reading 7.1 and my graphics is redaing 6.4. my disk drive on the other hand is only reading 5.9. I have a (WD)500GB & a(WD)terabyte drive. I’ve installed windows on both the drives and still get the same all around reading. I’ve done the disk cleanup and the defrag,But still can”t seem to get above 5.9.
    If anyone has any suggestions I sure would appreciate it!

  3. james says:

    I’ve just installed window7 on my computer and my windows index score is reading 5.9. my cpu & memory are reading 7.1 and my graphics is redaing 6.4. my disk drive on the other hand is only reading 5.9. I have a (WD)500GB & a(WD)terabyte drive. I’ve installed windows on both the drives and still get the same all around reading. I’ve done the disk cleanup and the defrag,But still can”t seem to get above 5.9.
    If anyone has any suggestions I sure would appreciate it!

  4. rsvr85 says:

    Hi James,
    Please post any question you have have in the forums.
    http://mintywhite.com/forum/
    This is for comments on the shortcut tutorial Rich has written. ;)

  5. rsvr85 says:

    Hi James,
    Please post any question you have have in the forums.
    http://mintywhite.com/forum/
    This is for comments on the shortcut tutorial Rich has written. ;)

  6. RSVR85 says:

    Hi James,
    Please post any question you have have in the forums.
    http://mintywhite.com/forum/
    This is for comments on the shortcut tutorial Rich has written. ;)

  7. Saitek009 says:

    Huzzah! I was able to do this in XP with TweakUI, but it doesn’t work in Vista/7. Thanks for the program.

  8. Saitek009 says:

    Huzzah! I was able to do this in XP with TweakUI, but it doesn’t work in Vista/7. Thanks for the program.

  9. Saitek009 says:

    Huzzah! I was able to do this in XP with TweakUI, but it doesn’t work in Vista/7. Thanks for the program.

  10. dvenus says:

    Be very careful that you do this right! The XP way of removing the arrow on shortcuts can break things like the games explorer, etc. Please carefully test to make sure all things still work correctly. I used an XP tool to remove the VISTA shortcut arrow and it broke several things. So beware….

  11. dvenus says:

    Be very careful that you do this right! The XP way of removing the arrow on shortcuts can break things like the games explorer, etc. Please carefully test to make sure all things still work correctly. I used an XP tool to remove the VISTA shortcut arrow and it broke several things. So beware….

  12. dvenus says:

    Will there be an X64 version of this program?

  13. dvenus says:

    Will there be an X64 version of this program?

  14. Rich says:

    I don’t think there are plans.

  15. Rich says:

    I don’t think there are plans.

  16. dvenus says:

    Be very careful that you do this right! The XP way of removing the arrow on shortcuts can break things like the games explorer, etc. Please carefully test to make sure all things still work correctly. I used an XP tool to remove the VISTA shortcut arrow and it broke several things. So beware….

  17. dvenus says:

    Will there be an X64 version of this program?

  18. Rich says:

    I don’t think there are plans.

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