How to remove the shortcut arrow in Windows 8.1 or replace it with a custom icon

If you find the default Windows 8.1 shortcut icon too large and ugly, or are bored with that blue arrow overlay, then you might want to change it or disable it completely.  It's easy to do that. I have developed a tool for you to change the shortcut arrow with just one click! It's unfortunate that Windows 8.1 has no settings for this. In the past, we had TweakUI for Windows which allowed changing it. Well, let's fix it for Windows 8.1 right now!

Windows Shortcut Arrow Editor is my freeware which allows you to remove the shortcut arrow with one click.

Shortcut Editor

It also provides you an option to load a custom icon to be used as the shortcut overlay. In my screenshot above, you see a nice green arrow which I use personally.

With Windows Shortcut Arrow Editor you are able

  • to remove the shortcut arrow with a single click;No arrows
  • to set classic (XP-like ) shortcut arrow with a single click;Classic Arrow
  • to set ANY icon as the shortcut overlay;Custom Shortcut Overlay
  • and of course, to reset the shortcut arrow to its default icon.Defautl Arrow

Windows Shortcut Arrow Editor is a portable application and does not require to be installed. It supports the following Windows versions:

  • 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

I just released an updated version, Windows Shortcut Arrow Editor v1.0.0.2, which contains bugfixes and improvements.

Download it here: Windows Shortcut Arrow Editor

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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