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, 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

Fixed minor issue with low quality icons loaded from libraries.
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.
Initial release

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

This app has been superseded by Winaero Tweaker and is no longer being maintained. Use the following options from Winaero Tweaker:

You can download Winaero Tweaker here: Download Winaero Tweaker.
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  1. ...something
    31 Oct 12

    Thanks for this awesome software...

  2. Sergey
    01 Nov 12

    you are welcome!

  3. mesamagic
    02 Nov 12

    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.

  4. JackHandle
    13 Dec 12

    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?

  5. Sergey
    14 Dec 12

    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).

  6. Jackhandle
    14 Dec 12

    Windows 8 Professional 64

  7. HomeTheaterGuru
    17 Dec 12

    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..

  8. smilingpeter
    24 Dec 12

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

  9. guest
    31 Dec 12

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

  10. Sergey
    01 Jan 13

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

  11. JohnMiller
    29 Jan 13

    Brilliant! So easy! Thanks for sharing.

  12. Anonymous
    06 Feb 13

    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.

  13. Cheer (MDL User)
    06 Feb 13

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

  14. JR1734
    24 Feb 13

    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.

  15. jr1734
    09 Mar 13

    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.

  16. Sergey
    10 Mar 13

    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.

  17. JackFL
    09 Apr 13

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

  18. B_big!
    02 Jun 13

    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! .

  19. Pi_R
    01 Jul 13

    Does it work for Windows XP ? Thanks.

  20. Sergey
    01 Jul 13

    It must work

  21. Monty
    09 Sep 13

    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.

  22. art
    28 Sep 13


  23. Anonymous
    06 Oct 13

    thank you

  24. Anonymous
    12 Oct 13

    It works great! Thank you very much!

  25. exilio
    12 Oct 13

    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.

  26. Sergey
    13 Oct 13

    please email it,
    thanks in advance

  27. Lightning 3105
    24 Oct 13

    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!

  28. Sergey
    24 Oct 13

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

  29. bungeshea
    27 Oct 13

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

  30. Anlini
    29 Oct 13


  31. V
    06 Nov 13

    how to download the icon?

  32. King
    06 Dec 13

    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.

  33. Stevensly
    23 Dec 13

    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!

  34. Raja
    02 Jan 14

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

  35. Drazen
    05 Jan 14

    Fantastic! Many thanks!

  36. Marina
    18 Mar 14

    Works like a charm!
    Thank you so much!

  37. Mike
    23 Mar 14

    Couldn't be any better! Thanks a lot!

  38. Lucy
    26 Mar 14

    Thanks!!!! It works!!!

  39. Aink
    12 Apr 14

    Mantap bro!!!
    Thanks a lot.

  40. Big BOB
    01 May 14

    Thank you!

    Very nice

    Last minute XP to Win 7 guy

  41. Satisfied
    18 May 14

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

  42. Anonymous
    07 Jun 14


  43. luli
    21 Jun 14

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

  44. Robin
    25 Jul 14

    This is great! Thank you so much for making it

  45. Andrew
    29 Jul 14

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

  46. Scott
    07 Aug 14

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

  47. dont hawe username
    27 Aug 14

    THANK YOU!!!

  48. bduja
    01 Sep 14

    excellent took one minute to fix thanks

  49. jmward
    03 Sep 14

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

  50. willum08
    11 Sep 14

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

  51. Me
    31 Oct 14

    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.

  52. Anonymous
    09 Nov 14


  53. Anonymous
    23 Nov 14

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

  54. Bill
    03 Dec 14

    It would appear that I must change the arrow for every icon individually. I am looking for a one-time universal-and-forever solution, as existed in Windows XP. Am I misunderstanding?


  55. Wambi
    27 Dec 14

    Worked easily, quickly and flawlessly.
    I run a clean desktop with only 6 custom-made (homebrewed) icons on it.
    Now I can see the whole icon without that nasty little arrow.


    15 Jan 15

    I have been trying to download Windows Shortcut Arrow Editor for quite a while. However, I keep getting "Application Not Found" error message. Is it Your download or my computer?

  57. Driss
    17 Jan 15

    This is a really awesome. We do not have to restart the computer
    to let the changes take effect.
    Thanks a lot.

  58. Sitharth
    29 Jan 15

    Few Clicks!!!!! Those shortcut arrows disappears.... Nice tiny little piece of software

  59. Cal Bear
    11 Feb 15

    Works great in Windows 10 TP

  60. yes
    13 Feb 15

    hohooo thanks

  61. Anonymous
    03 Mar 15


  62. Sergey
    10 Mar 15

    This app has been superseded by Winaero Tweaker and is no longer being maintained. Use the following options from Winaero Tweaker:

    You can download Winaero Tweaker HERE.

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