Windows Vista – Trick To Remove The Suffix “- Shortcut” From A Shortcut Name

You must have noticed that, whenever you try creating a shortcut for some file or folder in Vista, “- Shortcut” gets added to file/folder name as a suffix. For Example, if you try creating a shortcut for the file “abcd123”, Windows Vista will name the shortcut as “abcd123 – Shortcut” by default.



However, many people do not like the extra suffix that is added to the name of the shortcut. If you happen to be of the same thought and would like the shortcut name to look same as the original file/ folder name, you need to simply follow the below mentioned steps.

  1. Click on “Start” button to display the Start Menu. Select “Start Search” and type in “regedit” to open the Registry Editor.
  2. You need to navigate to



  1. Look in the right window pane to find the registry key by the name “link”.
  2. Once you find it, double-click on the registry key and change its value data to “00 00 00 00”.
  3. Exit the Registry Editor and restart your computer in order to make the change effective.


Now that you are done, check whether the trick works by creating a shortcut for some file/ folder. You will notice that the suffix “– Shortcut” no more appears in the shortcut name.

Anytime in future, if you wish to revert back to default, all you need to do is, follow the above procedure again and simply change the value data of the registry key “link” back to original i.e. “15 00 00 00”.