Remove “Shortcut” Text From New Shortcuts

by Eric Geier [Published on 8 May 2012 / Last Updated on 11 Oct. 2011]

Simple Registry change instead of renaming all the new shortcuts you create.

Windows adds the text “ – Shortcut” to the name of file and folder shortcuts you create. If you find yourself always removing this, then you might just want to perform a quick Registry change to stop Windows from doing it from now on. Remember, Windows also adds an arrow to the icons of shortcuts, so you’ll still be able to quickly distinguish between real files/folders and shortcuts.


Key: Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

DWORD Name: Link

DWORD Value: 00 00 00 00

The Author — Eric Geier

Eric Geier (Dayton, Ohio) is a Freelance  Tech Writer and Author specializing in computer networking. He's also the Founder and Owner of NoWiresSecurity, which provides a hosted cloud-based RADIUS service to help businesses easily secure their Wi-Fi networks with the Enterprise (802.1X) mode of WPA/WPA2 security. He’s also the Founder and Owner of On Spot Techs, which provides on-site computer and technology services.

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