Hide Shortcut Text From New Shortcuts You Create in Windows 8 & 7

Shortcut helps to launch Software products installed on our computer without going to exact file location. We can launch the program with  double click on  it we created for the software product. Anyone can identify it by simply reading the text Shortcut visible on every one you create. This tutorial tells a simple  registry trick, which removes the text written on every new shortcuts you create. All we have to do is to change the binary value of a simple Registry key. You must understand, this trick does not remove the label written on shortcuts already created. Look the image below to see how the label is visible on every shortcut icons you created.
Hide shortcut text on Windows shortcut icons


How to Hide Shortcut Text Written On Every New Shortcuts
  1. Open Registry Editor

    Type regedit.exe on Search and click the registry icon.

  2. Backup Registry settings

    It is always advised to backup your current Registry settings. To do this visit the link below.
    How to Take Backup Of Current Registry Setting

  3. Go to Following key.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

  4. Click on Explorer
    How to Delete Shortcut Text

  5. Change the binary key on link to 00 00 00 00

    Double click the link on the right hand panel and change the current binary value to 00 00 00 00. Right now the value is 1c 00 00 00.
    Delete shortcut text

    Click OK

  6. Log off and back on to make the change in effect
As I told before, the label on already existing shortcuts remains. For every new shortcuts you create, you will not see label on them. You can do the same registry trick to delete the label written on every newly created shortcuts on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Vista computers.

How to Make Shortcut Text Visible

This is the reverse of what we have done before. In case if you are comfortable with seeing the text on shortcut icons you create, you can simply change the link key value to 1c 00 00 00. Do not forget to click OK button once you have changed the binary key value of link key. You need to log off and come back to make the effect.

Other Windows Registry Tricks
  1. How to Unlock and Lock Control Panel Using RegEdit tool

  2. How to Disable USB Ports Using RegEdit tool

  3. End Not Responding Programs automatically Using RegEdit tool

This tutorial explained steps to disable the label displayed on shortcut icons you create on Windows 8 and Windows 7 computers. It can be done simply by changing registry key but what will you do if you do not have access to RegEdit tool. Rarely some users are prevented from accessing Windows registry even if they are in admin account. In that case, follow the instructions provided in the link below.
RegEdit Is Disabled By Administrator & How to Unlock it

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