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Shortcut Extension - Remove or Restore

How to Remove or Restore the "Shortcut" Name Extension in Windows 7 and Windows 8
Published by Brink
06 Dec 2008
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How to Remove or Restore the "Shortcut" Name Extension in Windows 7 and Windows 8

information   Information
This tutorial will show you how to remove or restore the "- Shortcut" extension from a shortcut file name when any new shortcut is created in Windows 7 and Windows 8.

warning   Warning
This will only remove or restore the "shortcut" name extension for newly created shortcuts afterwards, not for previously existing shortcuts.


EXAMPLE: A New Folder with the New Folder Shortcut
NOTE: When you create a new shortcut or New Folder, by default, it will add the Shortcut extenstion to the file name. The last icon is an example of when you create a shortcut of New Folder with the Shortcut extension set to be removed.




OPTION ONE
To Add or Remove "Shortcut" Name Extension using a REG File
1. To Remove the Shortcut Extension
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 3 below.
Remove_Shortcut_Extension.reg
download
2. To Restore the Shortcut Extension
NOTE: This is the default setting.
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 3 below.
Restore_Shortcut_Extension.reg
download
3. Save the .reg file to the desktop.

4. Double click/tap on the extracted .reg file to merge it.

5. Click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK when prompted.

6. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply.

7. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.







OPTION TWO
To Add or Remove "Shortcut" Name Extension in Registry Editor
1. Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog, type regedit, and press Enter.

2. If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes.

3. In the registry, go to: (See screenshot below)
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer
-registry.jpg
4. In the right pane of Explorer, double click/tap on link to modify it. (See screenshot above)

5. To Remove the Shortcut Extension
A) Change the value to 00 00 00 00 and click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: To change the value, press the Delete (Del) key once and type 00.
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B) Go to step 7.
6. To Restore the Shortcut Extension
NOTE: This is the default setting.
A) Change the value to 1E 00 00 00 and click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (See screenshots below)
NOTE: To change the value, press the Delete (Del) key once and type 1E.
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7. Close regedit.

8. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply changes.

That's it,
Shawn









13 Jan 2009   #1
swarfega

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

beta 7000 doesnt seem to add "shortcut".


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13 Jan 2009   #2
Mark

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
 
 

Are you sure!!

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13 Jan 2009   #3
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hi Swarfega,

I must agree with Mr GRiM. The Windows 7 Beta (7000 build) show the "Shortcut" prefix for me still when I create one from a New Folder on the desktop.
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15 Jan 2009   #4
smarteyeball

 
 

Is there an easy way to remove the shortcut overlay? Besides third party apps, I never found a "windows" way to remove them.
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15 Jan 2009   #5
VegasDen

Win7 x64 Ultimate RTM
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
Is there an easy way to remove the shortcut overlay? Besides third party apps, I never found a "windows" way to remove them.
Closest I came to that was this reg hack with a blank .ico. Works for me as it did in Vista. Read the readme so you know which to use (for 32 or 64 bits). Got it on Neowin a long time ago.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Jan 2009   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
Is there an easy way to remove the shortcut overlay? Besides third party apps, I never found a "windows" way to remove them.
Smarty,

The only safe and easy way I know is with a 3rd party app as well. The other methods usually messed up the shortcut icons. I have not tried this in Windows 7 yet, but I see no reason why it wouldn't work though.

Shortcut Arrow - Vista Forums


VegasDen,

THe link you link you posted comes back as invalid.
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15 Jan 2009   #7
Mark

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
 
 



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15 Jan 2009   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Thank you Mr GRiM.
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24 May 2009   #9
system001

Windows 7 RC Build 7100 x86 / Windows Vista SP2
 
 

does this just work for folders? i still have the arrow overlay on my shortcuts i have sent to the desktop.
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