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Remove shortcut arrow from desktop icons
By  Super Admin  | Published  02/23/2005 | User Interface Page 2 | Rating:
Remove shortcut arrow from desktop icons

1. Start regedit.

2. Navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile

3. Delete the IsShortcut registry value.

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  • Comment #1 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    c'mon! You did NOT help at all with your expalanation. I downloaded three different regedit software and none of them gives the option to "navigate" - as you call it - to anywhere.
     
  • Comment #2 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    u fucker do u really know what is meant by an icon link.... this asshole thing wat u said was an ultimate crap.... don't even try to scrible anything on any sites any more.. only if u know somethign which works do it.. or else never even open a page...
     
  • Comment #3 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    IT WAS EASY AND IT WORKED!
     
  • Comment #4 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks sooooo much for this had my dad soooo worried !!!
     
  • Comment #5 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    there is no fucking lnkfile in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT
     
  • Comment #6 (Posted by hej)
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    hahahah
     
  • Comment #7 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Start menu>Run>Type Regedit>expand HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT>Scroll down to folder called LNKFILE>single click on the folder>In the right pane right click on IsShortcut and click delete. EASY and IT DOES WORK
     
  • Comment #8 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Yes it works, its Lnkfile not inkfile :)
     
  • Comment #9 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thank for your tip donation
     
  • Comment #10 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Doesn't work. No value there - still have arrows.
     
  • Comment #11 (Posted by Ray)
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    One note: This removes the arrows from any shortcuts that refer to programs or folders on your computer but it does NOT remove arrows from shortcuts you have made to Internet addresses. Those remain as before.
     
  • Comment #12 (Posted by digitaljay2d@hotmail.com)
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    Worked beautifully! Thanks
     
  • Comment #13 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    my registry doesn't have this key
     
  • Comment #14 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    IT works. But you should do this for stup blondees. Step 2 file Lnkfile Step 4 Reboot
     
  • Comment #15 (Posted by wookie)
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    nice reg tweak. need to reboot or restart explorer shell, to restart explorer goto Task Manager in processes select explorer.exe and click end process then flip back to applications tab, click new task, type explorer, click ok. voila, works.
     
  • Comment #16 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    WORKED LIKE A DREAM
     
  • Comment #17 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thanks buddy
     
  • Comment #18 (Posted by JK)
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    Thank you! You were straight to the point and it worked!
     
  • Comment #19 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Wow people are so dumb. It's an "L" not an "I" so lnkfile is LNKFILE Second, you need to refresh the icons for it work initially, since windows doesn't real time update these registry values, it only checks everytime the icons are newly rendered. So you can restart explorer if you know how, or just reboot your pc.
     
  • Comment #20 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    how do you put it back? and does it affect every user on the computer or just specific login
     
  • Comment #21 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it works...great
     
  • Comment #22 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it is just a time pass ofcourse you get to know where and what all is there in the registry and the linkfile but afterremoving the shortcut icon ; the shortcut is dead ; and while using the same shortcut for attaching files it does not work so better be careful while tampering with the registry one deletion here and there can spoil your entire system kishor.
     
  • Comment #23 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thank you! :) You just saved me from having to DL one of those Tweaking programs for this purpose. Note: I did not have to change the icon size for this to take effect but I did reboot (to restart explorer.) Also, I always make it a point to back up my registry before making a change.(Directions on backing up registry can be found here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322756)
     
  • Comment #24 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It's very easy Thank you
     
  • Comment #25 (Posted by omg)
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    LNKFILE "NOT" inkfile u moron
     
  • Comment #26 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It works, but you have to change the icon size for it to take effect. thanks!
     
  • Comment #27 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Comment #16. Perfect. I'm a complete thicky and I managed this first time. Some of you should quit the abuse FFS. Folkes are only try to help.
     
  • Comment #28 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    You dont have to reboot...(I will not go to expanation for retards, if you cant figure out how to change icon size, go buy playstation or something) Edit Icon size on Apperance to 31, Apply(shortcuts are gone), revert to 32 apply(to make it standar 32px size icons...
     
  • Comment #29 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    no "inkfile" to delete! searched all over regedit
     
  • Comment #30 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Did It...Cleared The Icon Cache Data Base...Nothing!
     
  • Comment #31 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it does not do the job
     
  • Comment #32 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    this is bullshit, when I tried this, computer management couldnot be started. The error is 'C:ProgramDataMicrosoftWindowsStart MenuProgramsAdministrative ToolsComputer Management.Lnk'.
     
  • Comment #33 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    There is no IsShortcut Registry value
     
  • Comment #34 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    lol at you people who dont know how to start regedit. Dont even bother to read this tip then...
     
  • Comment #35 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Nice tip. It is working perfectly.
     
  • Comment #36 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    works perfectly thanks
     
  • Comment #37 (Posted by Christine)
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    I have tried just about every trick that has been posted on here and none have worked for me. I am really flustered and not even blonde!.."lol"
     
  • Comment #38 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    YOU JUST IDIOT, OUR NOT WORKING MAN
     
  • Comment #39 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thx man i love you! :D
     
  • Comment #40 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    There is NO Inkfile in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT
     
  • Comment #41 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    no such thing as IsShortcut on my xp pro
     
  • Comment #42 (Posted by rick)
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    Hey comment 26...talk about retarded....you cant even spell it...HA HA HA HA HA
     
  • Comment #43 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    THANKS FOR THE TIP.
     
  • Comment #44 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    There is no such registry entry in XP Pro. Copied and pasted the key in the Find box in Regedit and no such key
     
  • Comment #45 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    no, click start menu, then where it is "Start Search" thats where you run regedit
     
  • Comment #46 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    You guys are stupid, he made it really easy.
     
  • Comment #47 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    http://windowsxp.mvps.org/arrow.htm much better explanation
     
  • Comment #48 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it was confusing because one looks for a file beginning with the letter "I", and it is an "L" in lower case. Now that I finally found it, will try it.
     
  • Comment #49 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    >there is no fucking lnkfile in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT< Hahaha you moron...lmao :P
     
  • Comment #50 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    "You dont have to reboot...(I will not go to expanation for retards, if you cant figure out how to change icon size, go buy playstation or something) Edit Icon size on Apperance to 31, Apply(shortcuts are gone), revert to 32 apply(to make it standar 32px size icons..." Or you could just restart the explorer.exe in the task manager ( delete the process and then hit file, run, and type explorer.exe and hit enter)
     
  • Comment #51 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    TO THOSE STUPID PEOPLE.. ITS LNKFILE NOT INKFILE..
     
  • Comment #52 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    its not workingon on my pc coz there is no isshortcut please help... more idea...
     
  • Comment #53 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Works!! remember everyone it is LNKFILE not INKFILE
     
  • Comment #54 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    do u really know what is meant by an icon link.... this thing wat u said was an ultimate crap.... don't even try to scrible anything on any sites any more.. only if u know somethign which works do it.. or else never even open a page... go through this Start menu>Run>Type Regedit>expand HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT>Scroll down to folder called LNKFILE>single click on the folder>In the right pane right click on IsShortcut and click delete. EASY and IT DOES WORK
     
  • Comment #55 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    too many fuckin adds and can't it be explained in a more simple way? like start-my computer-settings... something like that.
     
  • Comment #56 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Great working ..
     
  • Comment #57 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Good, but not for the novice. read down to comment 7 for more detail. and yes, it does work!
     
  • Comment #58 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    does it work on win7?
     
  • Comment #59 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    you are my hero!
     
  • Comment #60 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    No such location.
     
  • Comment #61 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Lol.. this works
     
  • Comment #62 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Clean, clear, and correct.
     
  • Comment #63 (Posted by Marty)
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    For all those IGNORANT people out there, just read the posts its a lowercase L not an I ,It works perfectly!!!
     
  • Comment #64 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Work like a dream>>ya baby>>u is great>>but it is not ink but LNKFILE>>well done
     
  • Comment #65 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It might have helped the others to be more specific, like: LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLnkfile... Not inkfile (low case i) Not Inkfile (high case i) BUT lnkfile (low case L)
     
  • Comment #66 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    There was no Inkfile in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT
     
  • Comment #67 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    For all your whining dumbasses out there 1. Click the start button. 2. Click "Run...". 3. Type in "regedit" and then hit OK. 4. Click the arrow next to "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT". 5. Scroll down to LNKFILE and click on the name (it'll look like lnkfile, but it does start with an L). 6. In the right window of regedit some options should have popped up. Merely right-click "IsShortcut" and hit delete.
     
  • Comment #68 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Gud Work
     
  • Comment #69 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    easy and it works, its not inkfile its LNKfile dumbasses
     
  • Comment #70 (Posted by Saint)
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    No need to restart computer or explorer... just go to desktop, right click and hit REFRESH! A few brain cells goes a long way.
     
  • Comment #71 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thankyou, easy to follow and it worked.
     
  • Comment #72 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    nicely done, the only thing i would change is not to completely delete the IsShortcut value, but to simply put a .old and the end so that you still retain the info, but windows does not read the file.
     
  • Comment #73 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Because it is simple and works. Tweak UI, which alot of sites recommend, makes some of the icons look different after arrow is removed. I wasn't impressed with TUI
     
  • Comment #74 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Very Good
     
  • Comment #75 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Very nice, thanks!!
     
  • Comment #76 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    i like it
     
  • Comment #77 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    The "Regedit" is part of Windows. start/run ...> Type in "regedit" ...> The folder name is "lnkfile" careful its a lowercase"L" not "inkfile" Put an "x" in front of "IsShortcut" as in "xIsShortcut, renaming the file. Want to revert back to the arrows, remove the "x".
     
  • Comment #78 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    THis set works
     
  • Comment #79 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    yes it works but after restart!!!
     
  • Comment #80 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Excellent tip - Follow Comment 7 for a fuller desription. Note to all the idiots - "If you learned to READ REAL WORDS instead of just SWEAR WORDS you may be able to follow instructions more easily!" (swear at this comment if you dare!)
     
  • Comment #81 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Some of the comments on this are outrageous - it was very easy and worked - no downloads needed at all b.t.w. "c'mon! You did NOT help at all with your expalanation. I downloaded three different regedit software and none of them gives the option to "navigate" - as you call it - to anywhere." shutup u absolute retard!!!
     
  • Comment #82 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It works!
     
  • Comment #83 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Worked Perfectly
     
  • Comment #84 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    there is no isshortcut registry value at this location
     
  • Comment #85 (Posted by Dave)
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    It seems most of the complains comes from morons. It works at it seems.
     
  • Comment #86 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It works... Thanks..
     
  • Comment #87 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Worked like a treat. If you can't get it to work then give up. YOU'RE RTETARDED!!!
     
  • Comment #88 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    [b][red]DUDE...WT U MEAND @ ALL.... EXPLAIN...OTHERWAY Y U WANT STOP HERE? EVERYONE IS CONFUSED.............................DUCK[/B][/red]
     
  • Comment #89 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    doesn't work
     
  • Comment #90 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    these fuckin idiots... its not INKFILE, its LNKFILE... "L", not "I"
     
  • Comment #91 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    dear go to start menue and click on run then write there (regedit) then you will know everything. regards
     
  • Comment #92 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    LOL Comment #1 LOL LOL LOL LOL!!!!! hay wear do I find "start" button as you call it! ur exaaplaanaattiaan sucks. also my windows is broken, I push the power button and nothing happened halp!
     
  • Comment #93 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Dont do it as it messes up ith certain shortcuts needed in some way or another. Windows Vista/7 the games under 'Games' cannot find the app to run,just 1 instance of it not finding a app. I added the string back now they work,cheers
     
  • Comment #94 (Posted by Dan)
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    Worked like a charm, thanks for the tip. Just keep in mind "step 4" you must either restart the computer or go to the task manager, end explorer.exe and restart it by typing 'explorer' in the run menu
     
  • Comment #95 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Extremely simple,and presented simply.Thanks
     
  • Comment #96 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    There is no such registry value
     
  • Comment #97 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thnkx dude...!! it works perfectly...!! ;D
     
  • Comment #98 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    dumbass. no software needed to be downloaded. Start, Search, type "RegEdit", Enter. oooooooooo...... whats this.....its called regedit. AMATEURS!!
     
  • Comment #99 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Rated as excellent because it was the quickest, easiest, and (it turns out) most reliable way to accomplish this task!
     
  • Comment #100 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Perfect! short sweet and easily understood by anyone with even half a brain!!!
     
  • Comment #101 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I dont know what an IsShortcut registry value is so how can I delete it? perhaps I should not be tinkering in the first place eh? thanks
     
  • Comment #102 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Everything is against me, I am one of the aforementioned 'dumbass', moron, f***ing idiots, I am also naturally blonde and a pensioner. However, after reading through all the comments and after several attempts, I finally removed the arrows from my shortcuts. Thank you all for taking the time and trouble to post information and help, I am very grateful. I found Comment #7 most useful.
     
  • Comment #103 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks, incredibly simple and effective. Instead of downloading TweakUI and other end software a simple regedit key was the solution. But best of all are the comments above, just PRICELESS!
     
  • Comment #104 (Posted by d.max)
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    i normally do not comment on things like this but.... Some people should not even own a computer let alone try to mess with the registry ! Removed key and it worked like a charm in win7 maybe just note a reboot is needed....
     
  • Comment #105 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it will show a white icon,,looks rediculous
     
  • Comment #106 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Gud !
     
  • Comment #107 (Posted by Love Fabillar)
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    Yes, there are lots of you here who are absolutely clueless in regards to modifying the registry, & it is apparent from your posts, however, those who have been saying that there is no lnkfile dir under HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT have been telling the truth. I myself don't have it, I do have a lnk folder however. So for those of you who don't have a lnkfile, do this instead: * Go to Start >> Run * Type regedit.exe and hit enter * Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersion ExplorerShell Icons. If this key doesn’t exist, create one. * Create a new string value under this key by right clicking and name it as 29 * Set its value to C:WINDOWSsystem32shell32.dll,52 * Close the Registry editor, and restart your computer for changes to take effect Remove shortcut arrow on icons in Windows Desktop Shortcut Icons are often associated with a shortcut arrow by default on Windows, and if you find them annoying and want to remove the shortcut arrow on icons, here’s what you have to do: * Go to Start >> Run * Type regedit.exe and hit enter * Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersion ExplorerShell Icons. If this key doesn’t exist, create one. * Create a new string value under this key by right clicking and name it as 29 * Set its value to C:WINDOWSsystem32shell32.dll,52 * Close the Registry editor, and restart your computer for changes to take effect
     
  • Comment #108 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    worked like a charm my OCD has been calmed thank you, looks great
     
  • Comment #109 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Hey, there is no such location in both XP and window. I chcek it even using the search feature in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT directory
     
  • Comment #110 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks for the help!
     
  • Comment #111 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Everything worked out nicely :) thank you.
     
  • Comment #112 (Posted by A)
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    I had an Inkfile and I no longer have one it has vanished but I took care of the arrows on my computer. But my friends computer has no Inkfile and I cannot get rid of the arrows. Please help if you know what to do.
     
  • Comment #113 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    COOL
     
  • Comment #114 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    THIS WORKS 100%
     
  • Comment #115 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    because I have no idea whatsoever how to start regedit. A little more consideration for us non-geeks is needed here...
     
  • Comment #116 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Super
     
  • Comment #117 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Follow the guy who has done it in simplicity in the comments if your blind here it is Start menu>Run>Type Regedit>expand HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT>Scroll down to folder called LNKFILE>single click on the folder>In the right pane right click on IsShortcut and click delete.
     
  • Comment #118 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    We needed a little more help distinguishing "lnkfile" from "LNKFILE". Once I figured this out for myself, it went okay.
     
  • Comment #119 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    there is no inkfile
     
  • Comment #120 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Very simple, once you know how. Well I have Vista and also found the lnkfile @ ComputerHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClassesLnkfile. It doesn't matter delete or add from one and the other comes or goes too. But I don't care I'm just so glad to be rid of that retarded arrow for good! PS whats with trying to download regedit? It's what you find when you type it into your START/RUN box.
     
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