Personalization Add or Remove Shortcut Name Extension in Windows 11


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When you right click or press and hold on a file, folder, or drive and click tap on either Show more options > Create shortcut or Send to -> Desktop (create shortcut), a shortcut to that file, folder or drive will be created with the - Shortcut extension added at the end of the filename by default.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the - Shortcut extension being added to the filename of newly created shortcuts for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.


This will only affect new shortcuts you create afterwards, and will not affect shortcuts that already have the - Shortcut filename extension.

Shortcuts that already have the - Shortcut filename extension can only be manually renamed if you wanted to remove the - Shortcut extension from the shortcut's name.



EXAMPLE: "- Shortcut" file name extension

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Here's How:

1 Do step 2 (add) or step 3 (remove) below for what you want.


2 Add Shortcut Name Extension for New Shortcuts

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Add_Shortcut_name_extension_for_current_user.bat


(Content of BAT file for reference)
Code:
@echo off

REG Delete "HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer" /V link /F

Reg Delete "HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\NamingTemplates" /V ShortcutNameTemplate /F

:: To kill and restart explorer
taskkill /f /im explorer.exe
start explorer.exe


3 Remove Shortcut Name Extension for New Shortcuts

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Remove_Shortcut_name_extension_for_current_user.bat


(Content of BAT file for reference)
Code:
@echo off

REG ADD "HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer" /V link /T REG_Binary /D 00000000 /F

Reg Delete "HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\NamingTemplates" /V ShortcutNameTemplate /F

:: To kill and restart explorer
taskkill /f /im explorer.exe
start explorer.exe

4 Save the BAT file to your desktop.

5 unblock the BAT file.

6 Double click/tap on the .bat file to run it.

7 You will now notice your screen flicker as the explorer process is restarted to apply.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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