When I create a shortcut on the desktop, it has an arrow in the bottom left
corner of the desktop icon. How can I get rid of that arrow? Thank you.
In this excerpt from
Answercast #74, I look at the importance of the “shortcut arrow” that
appears on desktop icons indicating that it is not the program itself, just a
link to use the program.
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Desktop icons with shortcut arrows
Well, first, I will caution you that the shortcut arrow is
an important indicator to help people realize that they are acting on a
“shortcut” to the program rather than the program itself.
You haven’t indicated what version of Windows you’re running, but I will
start you with the Windows XP solution, which is a utility called TweakUI. In fact, I have a link to it on a
couple of articles on my site.
Adjust Windows XP settings
TweakUI allows you to adjust a number of settings in the user interface of
Windows XP. One setting is the presence of that little arrow icon (or sub-icon
if you will). You can actually change it to:
Not be there at all;
Or to be kind of semi-transparent (so it’s still there; it’s just not as
As it turns out, when I run Windows XP, I usually set it to be somewhat less
“in your face;” a bit more transparent so that I can actually still see the
full icon of the shortcut underneath.
I still leave it there. To me, it feels important to understand whether I’m
acting on a program itself or a shortcut to the program. But I’ll leave that
distinction to you.
(Transcript lightly edited for readability.)