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Remove Shortcut Text When Creating Shortcuts

When you create a shortcut in Windows it adds an annoying suffix, for example if you added a shortcut to the "My Documents" folder, the shortcut would be named "My Documents - Shortcut". You can turn off this default behaviour by making the following change in the registry.

  1. Open the Registry Editor. Click the Start button, type regedit, and press Enter.
  2. If a User Account Control dialog box appears, click "Yes".
  3. Navigate to the following key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer
  4. Double-click the name "link", changing its value to 00 00 00 00.
    Changing the name "link" to remove shortcut text in Windows 7
  5. Close the Registry Editor.
  6. Save all open files and reboot your machine. Logging off and back on does not seem to work.

Now when you create new shortcuts (this does not affect existing shortcuts), the suffix " - Shortcut" should disappear.