By default, in Windows, every shortcut icon that is present in the desktop will contain an annoying arrow. Many don’t want that to be present in the shortcut icon. Unfortunately, there isn’t settings in control panel to remove this.
How to get rid of ugly shortcut arrows? Here's i'm posting a trick to remove shortcut arrows from your desktop icons in Windows XP.
Removing shortcut arrow from desktop icons.
Here's how you can remove those shortcut arrows from your desktop icons in Windows XP, Vista & Windows 7. Be sure to back up the registry before before doing any registry tweak.
Go to registry editor by running regedit in the run box. (Refer My Earlier Post What Is Windows Registry | How To Use Windows Registry)Warning: before you try to modify windows registry, learn how to backup windows registry. Also try to have a backup of your registry at this stage before you proceed. Read More On How To Backup Windows Registry.
2. Navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTlnkfile
3. Delete the IsShortcut registry value.
4. Reboot Computer
I've done this tweak on every computer I've owned and personally I've never found a shortcut that didn't work afterwards. That's not saying it can't happen on the next build I do. I always keep a backup of the registry just in case. I also create and save a text note on each individual change so that I can refer back to it quickly if I break something.
Warning: While this solution solves the issue or problem, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly by using Registry Editor or by using another method. These problems might require that you reinstall the operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that these problems can be solved. Modify the registry at your own risk. For more information about modifying the registry, see Microsoft support article 256986 Also Read More On How To Backup Windows Registry.
Please note that, the TweakUI program for Vista won't work on Windows 7. There are also many tools available to make this work simple. You may use the FxVisor or TuneUp Utilities, etc., to remove or replace shortcut arrows. You can also refer this website. How to remove or modify the Shortcut overlay in Windows 7 and Vista.