As you have probably noticed every shortcut in the operating system Windows has a little arrow in the bottom left corner of its icon. This is used to differentiate between shortcuts and the actual files. It is possible, though, to remove this little arrow if it annoys you.
To do this will have to venture in the great depths of the Windows Registry.
Advice: Read the whole tutorial (especially the notes at the end) before editing the registry.
First, let’s run the Registry Editor. Windows 7/Vista users type in regedit in the Start menu search box and press Enter:
Note for XP users: Go to Start menu > Run. Type in regedit and press Enter.
A new window will appear:
This is the Registry Editor. Using the left pane of the window navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\\lnkfile
Rename the IsShortcut registry value (located in the right pane), for example rename it to IsNotShortcut:
Exit the registry editor. Restart Explorer (end it as a process and start it again or logout and login) for the changes to take effect.
There are some other registries that may need editing to remove the arrows from all shortcuts:
Note that this may not be necessary so be sure to check if the desired effect is reached after each step.
Basically, renaming the IsShortcut entry forces Windows to treat icons as real files. This may cause Explorer to behave in an undefined way. In Windows 7 there are some cases when you cannot pin a shortcut to the Taskbar or the Start menu after you have edited the registry. To avoid this pin all your items before you change the IsShorcut entry.
In result you should have:
To make the little arrows visible simply rename the “IsNotShortcut” entry back to “IsShortcut”