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Remove the 'Shortcut to...' Prefix on Shortcuts (All Windows) Popular

Don't like having 'Shortcut to...' appended to every Shortcut? You're not alone. With this tip you can stop Windows for adding this text when creating links.

This tweak can be easily applied using WinGuides Tweak Manager.
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Open your registry and find the key below.

Create a new BINARY value name 'link', of modify the existing value, to equal '00 00 00 00' to have the Shortcut text disabled.

Restart Windows before creating any new shortcuts.

Note: This restriction can be used either on a user by user basis by adding it to HKEY_CURRENT_USER or on a computer wide basis by adding it to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.

Registry Editor Example
|NameTypeData|
|(Default)REG_SZ(value not set)|
|linkREG_BINARY00 00 00 00|
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|HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\...|
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Registry Settings
User Key: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer]
System Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer]
Value Name: link
Data Type: REG_BINARY (Binary Value)
Value Data: (00 00 00 00 = No Shortcut Text)

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Disclaimer: Modifying the registry can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. We cannot guarantee that problems resulting from modifications to the registry can be solved. Use the information provided at your own risk.

Last modified: May 13, 2002