When creating a link to a file or folder on the desktop, Windows adds the word “shortcut” or “shortcut with” to the name by default. This note is often not required, however, the link arrow on the icon is enough to indicate. How to turn off the supplement.
In order for Windows to abandon the addition, a change in the registry is required. Go to the folder “HKEY_CURRENT_USER SOFTWARE Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Explorer”. This contains a key called “link”. Please double-click it and replace the number “16” with “00”. Confirm with “OK” and restart Windows.
You can prevent older versions of Windows from writing the word “shortcut” in the file name of a shortcut by changing the key in the registry.
The next tip will tell you how you can also make the link arrow disappear. But be careful: If both the word “link” and the arrow have disappeared, you can only distinguish a link from a file by its properties. This quickly leads to unfortunate mix-ups.
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