Filename Extensions
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Details of extension .lnk

Below, you can find answers to the following questions:

  • What is the .lnk file?
  • Which program can create the .lnk file?
  • Where can you find a description of the .lnk format?
  • What can convert .lnk files to a different format?
  • Which MIME-type is associated with the .lnk extension?

1 extension(s) and 0 alias(es) in our database

Windows Shortcut .lnk file icon

Windows Shortcut

LNK file is a Microsoft Windows Shortcut. A Shortcut is a file that provides a link to another file.
Category: Other files
Application: -
Program name: -
Mime-type: application/octet-stream
Magic bytes (HEX): -
Magic string (ASCII): -
Related extensions:
Executable File
Internet Shortcut
Windows Desktop Shortcut
Macintosh URL Shortcut
Windows My Documents Shortcut
Windows Mail Recipient Shortcut
Windows Compressed Folder Shortcut
Windows Mail Account Data

Other types of files may also use the .lnk file extension. If you have helpful information about .lnk extension, write to us!

Is it possible that the filename extension is misspelled?

We found the following similar extensions in our database:

Sothink Logo Maker Logo
Sprint-Layout Macro File
ArchiCAD PlotMaker Layout Book
Tablet PC Digital Ink
My Notes Keeper Notebook
Microsoft Outlook 2003 E-mail Cookies Data
OpenInsight LK Data
NUKE Script

The .lnk filename extension is often given incorrectly!

According to the searches on our site, these misspellings were the most common in the past year:

lmk (19), lbk (14), ink (11), mnk (6), nlk (5), lk (5), nk (2)

Can't open a .lnk file?

If you want to open a .lnk file on your computer, you just need to have the appropriate program installed. If the .lnk association isn't set correctly, you may receive the following error message:

Windows can't open this file:

File: example.lnk

To open this file, Windows needs to know what program you want to use to open it. Windows can go online to look it up automatically, or you can manually select from a list of programs that are installed on your computer.

If you don't know how to set the .lnk file association, check the FAQ.

Supported operating systems

Windows Server 2003/2008/2012, Windows 7, Windows 8, Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Mac OS X, iOS, Android

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