INLK File Extension

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Adobe InDesign Lock Format
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    Adobe Systems
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What is INLK file?

INLK is a file extension commonly associated with Adobe InDesign Lock Format files. Adobe Systems defined the Adobe InDesign Lock Format format standard. INLK files are supported by software applications available for devices running Mac OS, Windows. INLK file format, along with 4324 other file formats, belongs to the Misc Files category. Adobe InDesign supports INLK files and is the most frequently used program to handle such files, yet 2 other tools may also be used. Software named Adobe InDesign was created by Adobe Systems Incorporated. In order to find more detailed information on the software and INLK files, check the developer’s official website.

Programs which support INLK file extension

The list that follows enumerates programs compatible with INLK files, divided into 2 categories based on operating system on which they are available. INLK files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.

Programs that support INLK file

How to open file with INLK extension?

Problems with accessing INLK may be due to various reasons. Fortunately, most common problems with INLK files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. The following is a list of guidelines that will help you identify and solve file-related problems.

Step 1. Install Adobe InDesign software

The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening INLK files is that no program that can handle INLK files is installed on user’s system. This one is an easy one. Select Adobe InDesign or one of the recommended programs (for example, Adobe Creative Suite) and download it from appropriate source and install on your system. On the top of the page a list that contains all programs grouped based on operating systems supported can be found. If you want to download Adobe InDesign installer in the most secured manner, we suggest you visit Adobe Systems Incorporated website and download from their official repositories.

Step 2. Verify the you have the latest version of Adobe InDesign

You still cannot access INLK files although Adobe InDesign is installed on your system? Make sure that the software is up to date. Software developers may implement support for more modern file formats in updated versions of their products. If you have an older version of Adobe InDesign installed, it may not support INLK format. The latest version of Adobe InDesign should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.

Step 3. Assign Adobe InDesign to INLK files

After installing Adobe InDesign (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open INLK files. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.

The procedure to change the default program in Windows

  • Clicking the INLK with right mouse button will bring a menu from which you should select the Open with option
  • Click Choose another app and then select More apps option
  • To finalize the process, select Look for another app on this PC entry and using the file explorer select the Adobe InDesign installation folder. Confirm by checking Always use this app to open INLK files box and clicking OK button.

The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS

  • By clicking right mouse button on the selected INLK file open the file menu and choose Information
  • Find the Open with option – click the title if its hidden
  • Select the appropriate software and save your settings by clicking Change all
  • A message window should appear informing that This change will be applied to all files with INLK extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection.

Step 4. Check the INLK for errors

You closely followed the steps listed in points 1-3, but the problem is still present? You should check whether the file is a proper INLK file. Being unable to access the file can be related to various issues.

1. The INLK may be infected with malware – make sure to scan it with an antivirus tool.

Should it happed that the INLK is infected with a virus, this may be that cause that prevents you from accessing it. Immediately scan the file using an antivirus tool or scan the whole system to ensure the whole system is safe. If the INLK file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.

2. Verify that the INLK file’s structure is intact

If you obtained the problematic INLK file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. It is possible that the file has not been properly copied to a data storage and is incomplete and therefore cannot be opened. If the INLK file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.

3. Ensure that you have appropriate access rights

There is a possibility that the file in question can only be accessed by users with sufficient system privileges. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the Adobe InDesign Lock Format file.

4. Check whether your system can handle Adobe InDesign

If the system is under havy load, it may not be able to handle the program that you use to open files with INLK extension. In this case close the other applications.

5. Ensure that you have the latest drivers and system updates and patches installed

Up-to-date system and drivers not only makes your computer more secure, but also may solve problems with Adobe InDesign Lock Format file. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle INLK files.

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