Personalization Change 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 change 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.



Contents



EXAMPLE: Default "- Shortcut" file name extension

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OPTION ONE

Change Shortcut Name Extension


1 Open Registry Editor (regedit.exe).

2 Navigate to the key below in the left pane of Registry Editor. (see screenshot below)

If you do not have a NamingTemplates key, right click on the Explorer key, click/tap on New, click/tap on Key, type NamingTemplates for the name, and press Enter.


HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\NamingTemplates

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3 In the right pane of the NamingTemplates key, double click/tap on the ShortcutNameTemplate string value (REG_SZ) to modify it. (see screenshot above)

If you do not have a ShortcutNameTemplate string value (REG_SZ) in the right pane of the NamingTemplates key, right click on empty space in the right pane of the NamingTemplates key, click/tap on New, click/tap on String Value, type ShortcutNameTemplate for the name, and press Enter.


4 Type the value data below with the custom shortcut extension name you want, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

"%s - Extension Name.lnk"

Substitute Extension Name in the value data above with the actual extension name (ex: "Link") you want instead.

For example: "%s - Link.lnk"


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5 You can now close Registry Editor if you like.





OPTION TWO

Restore Default Shortcut Name Extension


1 Open Registry Editor (regedit.exe).

2 Navigate to the key below in the left pane of Registry Editor. (see screenshot below step 3)

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\NamingTemplates

3 In the right pane of the NamingTemplates key, right click or press and hold on the ShortcutNameTemplate string value (REG_SZ), and click/tap on Delete. (see screenshot below)

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4 Click/tap on Yes to confirm. (see screenshot below)

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5 You can now close Registry Editor if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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