Remove Shortcut text, Shortcut Arrow from Shortcuts in Windows 8

Windows users must have observed this phenomenon. While creating a shortcut for a file/folder of your choice a small curved Shortcut Arrow is attached to the newly created shortcut as well as Shortcut text is added. This occurs by default. Should you wish to remove them, follow this tutorial.

Please note that this requires you to make changes in the registry and hence the usual words of wisdom apply – create a system restore point first or back up your registry before proceeding any further.

Remove Shortcut text

If you do not like the Shortcut text which Windows 8, Windows 7 or Windows Vista adds to all new shortcuts, here is how you can remove it. Open registry editor by pressing Win+R in combination to bring up the RUN dialog box. In it, type regedit and press Enter.

Next, navigate to the following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

Remove Shortcut text from Shortcuts Remove Shortcut text, Shortcut Arrow from Shortcuts in Windows 8

Double click on ‘Link‘ and set its Value data to : 00 00 00 00.

When done, restart your Explorer or computer.

To implement this change for all users on a computer, modify the Link value in the following registry keys:

HKEY_USERS\.Default\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

HKEY_USERS\username\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

To restore the Shortcut text, delete the Link value.

Remove Shortcut Arrow

To remove the Shortcut Arrow overlay icon which gets added, you can use our freeware Ultimate Windows Tweaker. In fact using this free tool, you will be able to easily remove the Shortcut Arrow overlay icon as well as the Shortcut text.

remove shortcut arrow text Remove Shortcut text, Shortcut Arrow from Shortcuts in Windows 8

You will find the tweaks under Customization > File Explorer tab as Remove “-Shortcut” suffix for new Shortcuts and as Remove/Restore Shortcut Arrows from Shortcut icons.

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Anand Khanse aka HappyAndyK is an end-user Windows enthusiast, a Microsoft MVP in Windows, since 2006, and the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com. Please create a System Restore Point before trying out any software & be careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware. Add me on Google+.
  • http://thewhizzer.blogspot.com/ Buck

    It doesn’t work in the Ultimate windows tweaker for win 7 its greyed out

  • ShaunWarburton

    download a program called “FX visor” for Windows 7 it Works….

  • http://thewhizzer.blogspot.com/ Buck

    Thanks Shaun

  • http://thewhizzer.blogspot.com/ Buck

    That did the trick many thanks again Shaun

  • ShaunWarburton

    You’re More than Welcome Buck…..

  • http://www.thewindowsclub.com Anand Khanse

    @mickrogers:disqus : You may be required to run UWT2 for Windows 7 as an administrator.
    @ShaunWarburton:disqus : Thank you for helping out with an alternative freeware.

  • http://thewhizzer.blogspot.com/ Buck

    Thanks Anand I’ll do that

  • Aditya Krishna Kumar

    It worked. Thanks for the tip Shaun, :)

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