Windows Trick: Prevent text “shortcut” in shortcuts

New links always have the addition “- link” or “Link with”in the file name. You’ll get rid of that with a trick. […]

Problem: By default, when you create a shortcut from a file, folder, or application, it is always roughly called a “File name shortcut”. However, you can already see that this is a link by looking at the link arrow. The additional note in the name of the link is therefore not necessary.

Of course, you could rename each newly created shortcut manually: press F2, remove the “– shortcut” text, and press Enter. But those who often create links may want the superfluous text to not even appear. So you could save yourself the constant renaming.

Solution: For this trick, we once again delve into the shallows of the registry. To do this, press the key combination Windows key+R, type type regedit and press Enter. The Registry editor opens. Please be very careful here and do not change anything without knowing exactly what you are doing! Navigate to this path in the left column by unfolding the branches:


Here you can find the registry entry. For example, replace 16 00 00 00 with 00 00 00 00 (c)

Click on the “Explorer” sub-branch so that you can see its entries in the right half of the window. In the right half of the window, double-click the entry “link». Empty its values using the Delete key and type eight zeros instead (00 00 00 00). Click OK. In order for the change to take effect, you must briefly log out of Windows once and log back in again or restart Windows once. Or else:

Insider: By the way, instead of a time-consuming restart, it is also enough to restart the Explorer. Open the Task Manager with Ctrl + Shift + Esc (Ctrl + Shift + Esc). In the Processes tab, right-click the Windows Explorer entry and select Restart from the context menu. Now only the explorer windows and very briefly the taskbar disappear. The “small restart” is already done.

The change only affects the currently logged-in user account. If the text “Link” should no longer appear automatically under other user accounts of your PC, you must log in under them once and make the change there as well.

By the way, the above applies to all Windows versions from Windows XP to Windows 10. This means that the entry “00 00 00 00” on all these Windows versions ensures the absence of the link text. Only if you want to have the setting back one day, it depends on your Windows version. In this case, open the registry editor again and the previously mentioned entry called “link”. Replace the value 00 00 00 00 with the default value of your operating system. That would be:

  • Under Windows XP: 28 00 00 00Under Windows Vista (without Service Pack): 16 00 00 00
  • Under Windows Vista from Service Pack 1: 1e 00 00 00
  • On Windows 7: 17 00 00 00
  • On Windows 8: 18 00 00 00
  • On Windows 10: 16 00 00 00

Important: The existing links will keep their name. You’d have to rename them by hand. However, when you create new shortcuts, their name will no longer contain “Shortcut”.

Here is the text for an easy-to-import reg file.

Open the Notepad editor. Copy the following five lines (three lines of code and one blank line each as the second line and at the end) and paste them into the Notepad editor.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


Go to File / Save, select ” All files (*.* ) “, for example, access the desktop at the location and select a name with file extension .reg, for example link text.linear reg. After that, you can close the text editor and the file linktext.double-click reg on the desktop. If you confirm the merge, the value is changed. In this case, too, you must log out of your user account at least once (or restart the PC) for Windows to accept the change. Which .reg file you can delete.(Update 25.06.2021-for Windows 10, with importable .reg file and the restart insider tip)

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