Windows Shortcut Arrow Editor

Windows Shortcut Arrow Editor allows you to remove the shortcut arrow in Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows Vista or set it to the nice custom icon. It works properly in both x86 and x64 editions of Windows and does not require to be installed.
I saw many users requests about shortcut arrow removing and editing in Windows 8.x, so I decide to create this tool:

Warning! The latest verion is 1.0.0.2, it contains several bugfixes, please UPGRADE NOW.

Windows Shortcut Arrow Editor features list


With Windows Shortcut Arrow Editor you are able
  • to remove shortcut arrow with a single click;
  • to set classic (XP-like ) shortcut arrow with a single click;
  • to set ANY icon as shortcut arrow with a two clicks;
  • sure, to reset shortcut arrow to its default icon.


After each operation your Explorer will be automatically restarted to apply the shortcut arrow.

Windows Shortcut Arrow Editor in action




Windows Shortcut Arrow Editor is a portable application and does not require to be installed. It supports the following OS:
  • Windows 8.1 x86
    Windows 8.1 x64
    Windows 8 x86
    Windows 8 x64
  • Windows 7 x86
    Windows 7 x64
  • Windows Vista x86
    Windows Vista x64


Change log


v1.0.0.2
Fixed minor issue with low quality icons loaded from libraries.
v1.0.0.1
Improved: if the user has deleted the custom icon file he used for the shortcut arrow, Windows will no longer display the broken icon.
Bug fixed: app crash for the previous case
Bug fixed: wrong icon could be selected when environment variable was used in the path to the selected icon.
v1.0
Initial release

Many thanks to my friend Gaurav Kale for testing, support and awesome ideas!

Download: Windows Shortcut Arrow Editor

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Comments
...something | 31 Oct 12
Guest


Thanks for this awesome software...

Sergey | 01 Nov 12
Comments: 485


you are welcome!

mesamagic | 02 Nov 12
Guest


Your little software is the best at the moment, it just works, elegant and simple, not so complicated like others, I've tried them all and keep yours only. Thanks and keep up the good work.
Kevin

JackHandle | 13 Dec 12
Guest


I had great problems downloading your app. It took about eight goes finally I got it ran the app and all I ended up with are white rectangles covering the arrows. The restore arrows works fine. What am I doing wrong?

Sergey | 14 Dec 12
Comments: 485


Which OS you use? Can you provide a screen shot?
I can't imagine how it looks in your case and I can't reproduce the issue (I have Windows 7 x86 and Windows 8 x64 right now).

Jackhandle | 14 Dec 12
Guest


Windows 8 Professional 64

HomeTheaterGuru | 17 Dec 12
Guest


I never leave comments but I had to this time. I have been looking for a SIMPLE fix for this for a while now.. and this is definitely it!
Application was quick, easy and simple.. Best of all, its works without any errors, or glitches.. seamless..
VERY VERY NICE.. THANKS..

smilingpeter | 24 Dec 12
Guest


Damn good little software,it sure does what it is supposed to,Thanks !!

guest | 31 Dec 12
Guest


its not working. I have windows 8x86. when downloaded, I clicked save & run program. nothings running. what is the run command?

Sergey | 01 Jan 13
Comments: 485


nothing special. Just click and run
I have no idea why is nothing happens.
BTW, It is written with .net framework/WPF

JohnMiller | 29 Jan 13
Guest


Brilliant! So easy! Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous | 06 Feb 13
Guest


Been using this last one month. suddenly, the green dot has become a white square hiding the entire icon and I am stuck with plain white squares in the place of desktop shortcut icons. I tried running the application, nothing happens after the dialog box asking permission to proceed. I tried system restore. still the problem persists. Please suggest remedy.


Cheer (MDL User) | 06 Feb 13
Guest


Sorry, in the last comment above, I forgot to mention that my system is WIndows 8 pro with media center 64 bit.
Thanks

JR1734 | 25 Feb 13
Guest


I also have the problem of white rectangles replacing the shortcut arrows. I am using Windows 8 64bit on a Asus U47A. When I download the program and try to run it, it will not open. Any suggestions? I sent you the link to download a screenshot of the problem.

jr1734 | 09 Mar 13
Guest


I did a system refresh of Windows 8 to see if it would fix the problem of white blanks replacing the arrows. I did the refresh and the default Windows shortcut arrows came back. I downloaded and set up your software and it worked fine. For about 15 minutes. Then the screen flashed, came back and all of the white rectangles were back. I am going to do another refresh and then avoid using your software until you post some kind of fix.

Sergey | 10 Mar 13
Comments: 485


I can't reproduce your issue.
It will be more useful, if you will share more details.
Which icon you tried to use as shortcut arrow?
If you set the custom icon, and then remove the icon file you have set, then icon will become BLANK.
You shouldn't move/delete the icon you have set as the shortcut arrow.

JackFL | 09 Apr 13
Guest


Great little app. Works to remove those annoying damn arrows! Thanks!

B_big! | 02 Jun 13
Guest


Incredible, thanks for your efforts to create this useful little too. Until today I just horrible applications or workarounds to achieve the same result. Kudos to you! .

Pi_R | 01 Jul 13
Guest


Does it work for Windows XP ? Thanks.

Sergey | 01 Jul 13
Comments: 485


It must work

Monty | 09 Sep 13
Guest


I am running W7-64B. I downloaded the Shortcut Arrows Editor but all of the extracted choices (6) are variations on an arrow. There is no 'no arrow' option. The pre-amble on your website suggests that there should be. I am trying to get rid of the arrows.

art | 28 Sep 13
Guest


thanks

Anonymous | 06 Oct 13
Guest


thank you

Anonymous | 12 Oct 13
Guest


It works great! Thank you very much!

exilio | 13 Oct 13
Guest


Didn't work for me; I tried both x64 and x86 versions. (I'm running Win7 x64.)

Got the following...
"Problem Signature:
Problem Event Name: CLR20r3"
...and a bunch of other stuff. I can email you a screenshot, if you wish.

Sergey | 13 Oct 13
Comments: 485


please email it,
thanks in advance

Lightning 3105 | 24 Oct 13
Guest


I moved the program and the shortcut arrow icon file, and now I cannot run the program. The shortcut arrow has been replaced with a blank 'file' icon.

Windows 8.1 x64

Other than that, great program!

Sergey | 24 Oct 13
Comments: 485


Thanks for the report, I will try to reproduce the issue!
I think it is easy to fix.

bungeshea | 27 Oct 13
Guest


It might be nice to have the option of only removing the shortcut icon from .exe files, and retain it for other files.

Anlini | 29 Oct 13
Guest


PLEASE ADD POSSIBILITY TO REMOVE TEXT "- SHORTCUT" FOR THE NEW SHORTCUTS

V | 06 Nov 13
Guest


how to download the icon?

King | 06 Dec 13
Guest


Recommend to anyone. Good for any version of windows. I have windows 8.1 so I don't look at the desktop as often but I still use it. Using this quick fix makes it more attractive and clean. One thing I always hated about windows 7 was the shortcut icon in the corner of the shortcuts. This fixes it. Easy. Thank you.

Stevensly | 23 Dec 13
Guest


This app has been added to my must have programs!
Works perfectly, better than expected, on win8.1/64b.

Thank you so much & have a great holiday!

Raja | 03 Jan 14
Guest


Always the first app I download when reinstalling Windows. I use it on Windows 7/8. It's simple and works perfect!

Drazen | 06 Jan 14
Guest


Fantastic! Many thanks!

Marina | 18 Mar 14
Guest


Works like a charm!
Thank you so much!

Mike | 23 Mar 14
Guest


Couldn't be any better! Thanks a lot!

Lucy | 26 Mar 14
Guest


Thanks!!!! It works!!!

Aink | 12 Apr 14
Guest


Mantap bro!!!
Thanks a lot.

Big BOB | 01 May 14
Guest


Thank you!

Very nice

Last minute XP to Win 7 guy

Satisfied | 19 May 14
Guest


10 out of 10, worked beautifully, easy to install, I had no problems, and is not a virus.

Anonymous | 07 Jun 14
Guest


SO BEAUTIFUL

luli | 21 Jun 14
Guest


This is excellent. Bravo - took 20sec to install, and 5 to execute. Bravo.

Robin | 25 Jul 14
Guest


This is great! Thank you so much for making it

Andrew | 29 Jul 14
Guest


Wow! Great software! Perfect for what I was looking for, thanks.

Scott | 07 Aug 14
Guest


Thanks. Finally we have a Win7 solution that works for all icon size/zoom settings.

dont hawe username | 28 Aug 14
Guest


THANK YOU!!!

bduja | 02 Sep 14
Guest


excellent took one minute to fix thanks

jmward | 03 Sep 14
Guest


This is really good, and I like the little green icon. You've solved a long-standing irritation. Thanks very much.

willum08 | 11 Sep 14
Guest


After running the program to remove the arrows, every time I restart my PC, the arrows come back......

Me | 31 Oct 14
Guest


I am using Windows 10 build 9860. The problem I have is that after having used the 'Windows shortcut arrow editor' the backgrounds of the thumbnails in the taskbar stopped changing their colors once the wallpaper changes.
Their colors only change after choosing a different arrow design which restarts the explorer.
I know this is only a minor problem but I would be very happy if you found a solution to this problem.

returning to the default arrow design or deleting the whole application was not successful.
Thank you for your time and all the freeware you offer.

Anonymous | 09 Nov 14
Guest


thankssssssssss

Anonymous | 23 Nov 14
Guest


Bless you. Health, prosperity, and happiness from my house to yours. Thank you for this lovely little app.

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