Shortcut Prefix

Brink

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mvp
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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.jpgAfter 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.jpgChanged 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


 

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gaetanfo

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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.
 

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Brink

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mvp
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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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
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    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
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    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
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    Windows 10 Pro
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    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
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