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How to Prevent "Shortcut to" Prefix from Being Added to New Shortcuts
Article ID: 253212 - View products that this article applies to.
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IMPORTANT: This article contains information about modifying the registry. Before you modify the registry, make sure to back it up and make sure that you understand how to restore the registry if a problem occurs. For information about how to back up, restore, and edit the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/256986/EN-US/ )Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry
This article describes how to remove the "Shortcut to" prefix that is added to new shortcuts.
By default, the "shortcut to" prefix is added to all new shortcuts. To disable this behavior, use one of the following methods:
Method 1: Rename a Shortcut Five Times
Method 2: For Windows 95 and Windows 98 Use the Tweak UI PowerToys Tool
190643NOTE: Windows 98 Second Edition and Windows Millennium Edition (Me) do not include TweakUI. For additional information about this issue, refer to the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/190643/EN-US/ )How to Install and Uninstall the TweakUI Tool in Windows 98
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/237920/EN-US/ )TweakUI Not on Windows 98 SE or Windows Me CD-ROMs
Method 3: Edit the RegistryWARNING: If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.
HKEY_USERS\.Default\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ExplorerTo restore the "Shortcut to" prefix, delete the Link value.