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Details of extension .lnk

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

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?
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:

Tablet PC Digital Ink
PN-editor Petri Net Key Data
UNIX Lint Data
KNK Studio Cutting Docment
Corel WordPerfect SGML Alias Data
ArchiCAD PlotMaker Layout Book
My Notes Keeper Notebook
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:

ink (1), pnk (1), nk (1), lnm (1), lmk (1), lgk (1), knk (1), nlk (1), mnk (1), ln (1), lk (1), lbk (1)

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.

To change file associations:

  • Right-click a file with the extension whose association you want to change, and then click Open With.
  • In the Open With dialog box, click the program whith which you want the file to open, or click Browse to locate the program that you want.
  • Select the Always use the selected program to open this kind of file check box.

Supported operating systems

Windows Server 2003/2008/2012/2016, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Mac OS X, iOS, Android

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