In Windows 7, if you create a shortcut after right-clicking over an item and selecting Copy; and then right-clicking in an empty area and selecting Create Shortcut, Windows appends – Shortcut to the original file name as shown :
If you want to disable this default behaviour then you can follow the following steps :
- Open Start Menu. Type regedit in the search box and press Enter. This would start Registry Editor. You may be prompted for the permission by UAC (User Access Control) dialog.
- In the Registry Editor navigate to the following key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER Software Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Explorer
- You would find a values of type REG_BINARY in the right pane – named link and. This value link holds data 16 00 00 00 by default.
- Double click on the link and change the value to 00 00 00 00 as shown. To change the value, soon after the Edit Binary Value dialog opens : press Del key once followed by a 0. Then press OK to save the modified value.
You can also download the registry entries file win7_disable_shortcut_suffix.zip. Extract all the files to a folder and double-click on win7_disable_shortcut_suffix.reg to disable the shortcut suffix. If later you want to enable the suffix, you can double-click on win7_enable_shortcut_suffix.reg.