All the methods I used to use, including my trusty .reg file


I rebooted after applying it, but they still don't seem to show the .URL extension.

Any idea how to get that to show?

  • You should be able to use the same method you have always used.
    – Ramhound
    Oct 12, 2017 at 14:09
  • Is "hide extensions for known file types" checked off in folder options?
    – BrianC
    Oct 12, 2017 at 14:36
  • Nope. It's not enabled, the machine isn't domain joined (so no overriding policy) and it was rebooted multiple times since.
    – Trel
    Oct 12, 2017 at 15:45

2 Answers 2


I found what I needed to do, in addition to removing those entries from


I ALSO had to remove them from


Removing it from both, then rebooting, now shows the .URL extension and allows editing.


So even if show file extensions is set, there are still some super hidden extensions. See here

The solution for ".url" extension: create a file named "show_url_extension.reg" with the following contents:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00



After apply, need reboot to take effect

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