Show the extension for the Shortcut (.LNK) files.

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This setting enables you to show the .LNK files extension. If you have a file for example Work, you can show the extension that it looks like Work.lnk.
Level: Recommended For Novice Users
Description:
Windows has a default feature to hide the extension of shortcut (.lnk) files. With this setting you can revert the action by showing the extension of the file. If you have a file for example work, you can show the extension that it looks like work.lnk. For this, go to start > run menu, enter regedit and navigate to the registry path listed below. Now, delete the string value nevershowext under lnkfile key. This shows the extension for the file. However, to hide the extension of .lnk files back, create the string value nevershowext and leave the data blank. The changes take effect after a restart or logoff. When editing the registry it is highly recommended to run a quick scan for optimization, you can test your system now for free.




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First, click the Start button, and select Run. In the resulting dialog box, type "regedit".
Finally, go to <b>[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\LnkFile]</b> key, right-click on the 'NeverShowExt' value and click on 'Delete'.


Registry Entries

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  • Path: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\lnkfile]
  • Location: Local Machine
  • Value Name: NeverShowExt
  • Data Type: REG_SZ (String Value)
  • Action Type: Deleted