Every time you create a new shortcut, Windows 10 appends the "- Shortcut" text to its name. It is possible to customize or completely disable the "- Shortcut" suffix for new shortcuts you will create after following the instructions in this article. Let's see how it can be done.
Recently, we already saw how to disable the "- Shortcut" text for new shortcuts. Here is an alternative and a more flexible Registry tweak. It will allow you to not only disable the " - Shortcut" suffix, but also to replace it with any desired text or even append some text as a prefix.
Before you continue: please do not mix these tweaks. If you applied the earlier mentioned tweak, the other tweak described in this article will not work!
To change or disable the "- Shortcut" text for shortcuts in Windows 10, do the following:
- Open Registry Editor.
- Go to the following path:
Tip: See how to jump to the desired Registry key with one click.
If you don't have the NamingTemplates subkey, then just create it.
- Create a string value named ShortcutNameTemplate. Set its value data as follows:
By default, the value data of ShortcutNameTemplate is assumed to be
"%s - Shortcut.lnk"
So, if you set the ShortcutNameTemplate value data to:
then this will disable the " - Shortcut" part. See the following screenshot:
You can also add some additional text before or after the "%s" part, so it will be used in the copied file name. For example, you can set ShortcutNameTemplate to
The result will be as follows:
If you set ShortcutNameTemplate to
"Shortcut to %s.lnk"
then you essentially convert it into a prefix:
This style was used in earlier Windows versions like Windows XP. You can use any text you want.
The changes will take effect immediately. You don't need to sign out from your user account or restart Windows 10.
Now, if you create a new shortcut, the new shortcut name will be used according to your preferences. To restore the default behavior, just delete the mentioned ShortcutNameTemplate Registry value and you are done.
This tweak should also work in Windows 7 and Windows 8. That's it.
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