When creating shortcut in Windows Vista, – Shortcut is added as a suffix of the file or folder name. For instance, if you create a shortcut for a text file named as abc123, you will notice the shortcut being created is named as abc123 – Shortcut. If you don’t like the – Shortcut suffix that is tagged along with the file or folder name by default and you would like it to be named as what the original name is, here is a simple trick you can do to remove – Shortcut suffix.


To remove – Shortcut suffix, it can be done by changing the registry value as shown at below steps:

1. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

2. On the right panel, look for a key named as link

3. Double click on it and change the value to 00 00 00 00


4. Reboot your PC in order for it to be effective after changing the registry key

Once you have completed the above steps, try to create a shortcut for any file or folder and you will notice – Shortcut suffix is no longer there. However, if you would like to rollback the changes, you can change the value back to 15 00 00 00, followed by a PC reboot.