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LNK File Extension

LNK file extension is created by Microsoft, also known as Windows Shortcut. LNK has been classified as Common File Types. This File type categories under Zip, Text, Binary and XML, however, the format of this file format has not been determined yet. You can open LNK files in CodeWeavers CrossOver program.



Windows Shortcut File Type

Windows Shortcut File Type
Extension .lnk
Developer Microsoft
Popularity 5.0 (557 Votes)
Mime Type mime-type/not.available
Default Program CodeWeavers CrossOver
Category Common File Types
Format Binary
Updated 7/1/2024

What is a LNK File Type?

LNK usually uses the same icon as their target file, but add a small looped arrow to indicate that the file points to another location. When double clicking @-@, the shortcut acts exactly as if the user clicked on the file d' origin.

The LNK files with program shortcuts (.EXE file) can specify attributes for running the program. To set the attributes, select " Properties on the right at-and change the Target field.

Windows n' does not display file extension .lnk for file shortcuts, even when hiding extensions for known file types; the visualization property of n'folders is not checked. Although not recommended, you can allow file extension by deleting the file name; entry "NeverShowExt" property in the HKEY _ CLASSES _ ROOT \lnkfile Windows registry. To do so, follow these instructions:

See the D'Center for more information on Windows shortcuts; help fileproinfo.com.

Changes to the association of LNK files may result in the unexpected modification or disappearance of icons in your Windows desktop. Help to get instructions on how to repair your Windows icons.



Free online LNK Tools & Apps

We have also the free online .LNK (Windows Shortcut) file extension apps that can allow to view, edit, convert from to LNK, merge, split and compare the LNK files without installing anything on your system. Please click on the links to explore the complete list of details for each required feature.



LNK Files Common Issues

There are few common issues with the Windows Shortcut .LNK File Extensions while opening the .LNK files on Windows and MacOs, we have solution to those issues such as:

Can't Open LNK Files?

  1. You must have supported software programs installed for Windows Shortcut on your system such as CodeWeavers CrossOver.
  2. Associate default Codeweavers Crossover CodeWeavers CrossOver program for *.lnk (Windows Shortcut) files.

    Associate LNK Default Program on Windows
    1. Right-click a *.LNK (e.g example.lnk) file and click Open With.
    2. In the Open with dialog box, click Codeweavers Crossover CodeWeavers CrossOver program Or click Browse to locate the program (*.exe) that you want.
    3. Select check box for Always use this app to open .lnk files.

    Associate LNK Default Program on MacOs
    1. Click *.LNK (e.g example.lnk) file and click information -> Open With.
    2. In the programs list, click Codeweavers Crossover CodeWeavers CrossOver program Or other appropriate program that you want.
    3. Confirm Change for all... and Contine.
    4. A message will appear "This change will be applied to all files with .CodeWeavers CrossOver extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection", click Contine to apply changes.

Related LNK File Extensions

LNK default file extension is .LNK and other similer related extensions are:



All Platform Software Programs for LNK File Extension

List of all softwares that can open the LNK files on each platforms such as Windows, Mac, iOS, Linux, Web and Android, you may click the each software link for more details for other supported formats for each software and the verified direct download links for each software with complete lisensing details.

Microsoft Windows logo image Open LNK File on Windows

Software License Developer
Microsoft Windows image. Microsoft Windows 10 for Windows Commercial Microsoft

MacOs logo image - FileProInfo.comOpen LNK File on Mac OS

Software License Developer
Parallels Desktop for Mac image. Parallels Desktop for Mac 15 for MacOs Commercial Parallels

Linux logo image - FileProInfo.comOpen LNK file on Linux

Software License Developer
CodeWeavers CrossOver image. CodeWeavers CrossOver 000 for Linux Free Trial CodeWeavers CrossOver

Website logo image - FileProInfo.comOpen LNK file on Web

Software License Developer

iOS logo image - FileProInfo.comOpen LNK file on iOS

Software License Developer

Android logo image - FileProInfo.comOpen LNK file on Android

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About Licensing

  1. Free Trial This software are often used for an attempt period, like 14 days, before requiring payment. Some trial versions have a reduced feature set.
  2. Free This software is liberal to use. Examples include open-source , freeware software, like free programs supported by advertising.
  3. Free+ This software is liberal to download and use, but contains in-app purchases (IAP) to unlock additional content or functionality.
  4. Paid This software must be purchased so as to use it. it's going to be offered as a perpetual license or ongoing subscription.
  5. Included with OS This software is bundled with an OS , like Windows, macOS, or Android.

LNK file extension icon image.About LNK - Windows Shortcut

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Updated 7/1/2024


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