Disable the Shortcut suffix when creating shortcuts

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 :

  1. 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.
  2. In the Registry Editor navigate to the following key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER Software Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Explorer
  3. 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.

  4. 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.