Stop Windows From Adding The Word 'Shortcut' To Every Shortcut

When you create a new shortcut in Windows, it annoyingly adds the word "Shortcut" to the end of the file. A very simple registry tweak can turn off this behaviour.

This tweak's actually been around for awhile, but we never knew about it. All you need to do is hit the Start button, type regedit in the search box, start up regedit.exe and navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer. Click on the Explorer folder and you should see a registry key called "link" in the right-hand pane. Double click on it and change its value from 1e 00 00 00 to 00 00 00 00. Then, restart Windows Explorer or log off your machine. When you come back, all your newly-created shortcuts should have the same name as their original program, saving you quite a bit of tedious typing.

If you don't want to edit the registry manually, hit the link for a downloadable, two-click version. And be sure to check out our other favourite registry hacks for powering up Windows.

Remove "Shortcut" Text From New Shortcuts in Windows 7 or Vista [How-To Geek via How-To Geek]


    "a while" would be 15 years - when TweakUI utility came out, which exposed this as a simple option

      There is software that will do what TweakUI could do, but they filled it full of crap and I think you have to pay for it now too.

      TweakUI was really just a GUI for registry hacks. You'd probably find that this "fix" has existed far longer than TweakUI has - it's more that the latter is more user friendly.

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