Customizing Shortcuts By Modifying Registry

Sep 15, 2014

I read in another forum that you can stop Windows from adding "- Shortcut" to shortcuts by modifying the following registry key:


To do so, you have to change the binary data from 1e 00 00 00 to 00 00 00 00.

I did this and it works great. I want to go a bit further, however.

Whenever I create shortcuts to files that have an extension (e.g. .txt) the shortcut ends up having the file extension as well.

I was wondering, is there any way to modify the same registry setting (or some other one) to also remove the extension for shortcuts?

Is there any way I can find out how to interpret registry binary data so I know what to change? How can I find out what each bit does?

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Nov 18, 2013

My DPI is currently on 250% and I like it this way. The problem is that the elements of my windows seem too big now and take up too much space.

If you open "My PC", the bar with "Name", "Type", "Available Space", etc is too thick. Is there no way to decrease the size of this bar and perhaps strip the entire layout like in good old XP? I don't need Groups/Categories twirl down menu, my current directory address/location, back&forth buttons, etc. I just need it simple and compact.

Few tips or tools on manual customization of windows layout? I tried googling but I only found out how to manually resize scroll bars Scrollbar - Change Width Size in Windows 8 ...

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I'm pretty sure this is meaning that I need to get administrator privileges from the old PC, but I'm not sure how I would do that. My only option is to save the version to another folder then move it to where the original one was.

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Apr 1, 2013

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Of course one can rename the shortcut and delete that suffix, but simpler it they were not created that way from the outset.

I managed to stop that behavior in WinXP and Win7, but I forget how, and I don't know if it is done the same way in Windows 8 anyhow.

By the way, I do not mind the little arrow on shortcut icons, a little reminder that it is a shortcut (but no need for "shortcut" to be added to the name.)

Also, if I create a shortcut on my WinXP computer, it does not add a file extension. For instance, if I create a shortcut to a file named "program.exe", the shortcut in XP will just say "Program". On my Windows 8 computer though, the shortcut is called program.exe.shortcut.

I don't remember if it was that way in XP by default, or whether I did some tweak years ago. Although I do have Explorer set to show file extensions, I don't need a shortcut to include the extension, as well as no suffix "shortcut".

Is there a tweak in Windows 8 to have the default shortcut not include the word "shortcut" at the end, and not include the extension of the file linked to?

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