Remove Shortcut text, Shortcut Arrow from Shortcuts in Windows 10/8/7

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:


Remove Shortcut text from Shortcuts

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:



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.


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 is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


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

  2. ShaunWarburton

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

  3. That did the trick many thanks again Shaun

  4. ShaunWarburton

    You’re More than Welcome Buck…..

  5. @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.

  6. Thanks Anand I’ll do that

  7. Aditya Krishna Kumar

    It worked. Thanks for the tip Shaun, 🙂

  8. ShaunWarburton

    Your more than Welcome.

  9. Paul McG

    Hello to the Group. I’m Paul. Tonight I’m attempting to remove the shortcut arrow on a Windows 8.1 machine without installing applications to do so. I followed the instructions for Registry editing that were provided. That worked fine for the Current_User but the Link entry was absent from Explorer for .default and the other two user accounts I checked. I haven’t restarted Explorer or Windows yet so I don’t know for certain that it did work but what I encountered matched the instructions up to that point. In the event that it doesn’t work after restarting Explorer / Windows I will post again with that information.

    Thank you in advance for any suggestions that are provided.

  10. Paras Sidhu

    Hello Paul,
    If the Link value isn’t present there, you need to create a new one. Just go to the key and right click on the right blank side then click NEW-> Binary. When setting the value, type 8 times 0 there like this “00 00 00 00”

    If it doesn’t work, try creating the same value in Local _Machine at the same location i.e Explorer.

    I have not tried this but I will surely do so in the evening here.

  11. RieLee

    Under HKEY_USERS, I do not see my user name, but what appears to be a hashed version of it.
    for example: “S-1-5-21-3510082974-3805616302-1831012897-1001” I have several of these, but some are shorter.

  12. AdamBoltryk

    Sorry, this ‘tip’ is useless for any corporation computer users, where you have no administration rights and you can’t install all software in the world… Actually you can’t install anything… Changing register? GL…
    For home users and maniac, it’s OK.
    BTW, I am maniac working for DHL 🙂

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