Shortcut Prefix

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How to Remove the "Shortcut" Prefix On the Shortcut Name in Vista
Synopsis
This will show you how to remove Shortcut from the name of a newly created shortcut in Vista.
How to Remove the "Shortcut" Prefix On the Shortcut Name in Vista

information   Information
This will show you how to remove Shortcut from the name of a newly created shortcuts after this has been applied.. This will not remove the Shortcut name from shortcuts that have already been created before this is applied.
Note   Note
To remove the Shortcut name extension and change or remove the shortcut arrow, see: How to Remove or Change the Shortcut Arrow and Name in Vista

EXAMPLE: Before and After Removing SHORTCUT
Original Shortcut.jpg After Shortcut.jpg




OPTION ONE
Using a REG File Download

1. To Remove the Shortcut Name
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.​
Remove_Shortcut_Prefix.reg
download

B) Go to step 3.​

2. To Restore the Shortcut Name
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.​
Restore_Shortcut_Prefix.reg
download

3. Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the Desktop.​
4. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click Merge.​
5. Click on Run, Continue (UAC), Yes, and then OK when prompted.​
6. Log off and log on, or restart computer to apply changes.​
7. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.​





OPTION TWO
Manually in Registry Editor

1. Open the Start Menu.​
2. In the white line (Start Search) area, type regedit and press Enter.​
3. If prompted by UAC, then click on Continue.​
4. Go to: (See screenshot below)​
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

5. In the right pane, right click on link and click on Modify.​
Reg 1.jpg

6. To Remove the Shorcut Name
A) Change the value to 00 00 00 00 and click on OK. (See screenshots below step 7)​
B) Go to step 8.​

7. To Restore the Shortcut Name
A) Change the value back to 1D 00 00 00 and click on OK. (See screenshots below)​
NOTE: To change the value, press the Delete key (on your keyboard) once and type 00. (See left screenshot below)
Original Modify.jpg Changed Modify.jpg

8. Your registry will look like the screenshot below now.​
Reg 2.jpg

9. Close regedit.​
10. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply changes.​
That's it,
Shawn


 
Last edited:
Shawn Brink

Comments

Has this been tested in Vista64 ?
I seem to have used that same method in Vista 64 and it did not work.
All my utilities that used to fix those problems in Vista 32 did not work, so
I went back to Vista 32.

If you confirm that it works, I will give it a new try.
 
Hello Gaetanfo, and welcome to Vista Forums.

Yep, it works for either the 32 bit or 64 bit Vista. Another option is to use the free program in this other tutorial to do it with instead.

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/67615-shortcut-arrow.html

To help determine what Vista edition and version each tutorial applies to, there is a Applies to box in the upper right corner of each tutorial. :geek:

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 
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