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Thread: Remove ‘- Shortcut’ Suffix for a Shortcut Created in Windows Vista

  1. #1
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    Nov 2005

    Remove ‘- Shortcut’ Suffix for a Shortcut Created in Windows Vista

    When creating shortcut in Windows Vista, - Shortcut is added as a suffix of the file or folder name. For instance, if you create a shortcut for a text file named as abc123, you will notice the shortcut being created is named as abc123 – Shortcut. If you don’t like the – Shortcut suffix that is tagged along with the file or folder name by default and you would like it to be named as what the original name is, here is a simple trick you can do to remove – Shortcut suffix.

    To remove – Shortcut suffix, it can be done by changing the registry value as shown at below steps:
    1. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

    2. On the right panel, look for a key named as link

    3. Double click on it and change the value to 00 00 00 00

    4. Reboot your PC in order for it to be effective after changing the registry key

    Once you have completed the above steps, try to create a shortcut for any file or folder and you will notice – Shortcut suffix is no longer there. However, if you would like to rollback the changes, you can change the value back to 15 00 00 00, followed by a PC reboot.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2007

    Re: Remove ‘- Shortcut’ Suffix for a Shortcut Created in Windows Vista

    How to get rid of "- Shortcut" on Vista shortcuts
    Get Vista to not append the "- Shortcut" textThis regedit works as it did under XP [paste the following into a .reg file]
    Log out then in after clicking.

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00



    1. Start Registry Editor.
    2. Locate the following registry key:
    3. Modify the data value of the Link value to be 00 00 00 00.

    NOTE: For Windows 95, the Link value does not exist by default. Create the Link value as a Binary value, with a data value of 00 00 00 00.
    4. Restart the computer.

    To implement this change for all users on a computer with user profiles enabled, modify the Link value in the following registry keys:

    To restore the "Shortcut to" prefix, delete the Link value.

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