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    Shortcut Extension - Remove or Restore

    How to Remove or Restore the "Shortcut" Name Extension in Windows 7 and Windows 8
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    How to Remove or Restore the "Shortcut" Name Extension in Windows 7 and Windows 8

       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
    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
    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
    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
    Shortcut Extension - Remove or Restore-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.
    Shortcut Extension - Remove or Restore-modify_removed_setting.jpg
    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.
    Shortcut Extension - Remove or Restore-modify_restored_setting.jpg
    7. Close regedit.

    8. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply changes.
    That's it,
    Shawn











  1. Posts : 4,925
    Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
       #1

    beta 7000 doesnt seem to add "shortcut".
      My Computer


  2. Posts : 4,282
    Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
       #2

    Are you sure!!

    Shortcut Extension - Remove or Restore-2009-01-13_223655.jpg
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  3. Posts : 71,559
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #3

    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.
      My Computer


  4. Posts : 12,364
    8 Pro x64
       #4

    Is there an easy way to remove the shortcut overlay? Besides third party apps, I never found a "windows" way to remove them.
      My Computer


  5. Posts : 54
    Win7 x64 Ultimate RTM
       #5

    smarteyeball said:
    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.
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  6. Posts : 71,559
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #6

    smarteyeball said:
    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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  7. Posts : 4,282
    Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
       #7
    Last edited by Brink; 29 Oct 2009 at 01:24. Reason: added tutorial link
      My Computer


  8. Posts : 71,559
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #8

    Thank you Mr GRiM.
      My Computer


  9. Posts : 83
    Windows 7 RC Build 7100 x86 / Windows Vista SP2
       #9

    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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