LNK File Extension

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What is LNK file?

Files with the LNK extension are the shortcut files used in Windows system. The contain information about the type and location (the URI identifier or GIUD of the proper file) of the proper file, and about the associated program.

LNK files may contain additional, user defined information. If they are associated with an EXE application, the may also indicate initial attributes for the program to which they refer to.In Windows system, LNK files have the same icon as the proper files. LNK extension is invisible in the filename, by default.

LNK file shortcut does not work

Changing some parameters of the proper file, such as name or location, results in disabling all the shortcut files leading to them. Changes in the link’s system, introduced by a user, may result in disappearing of desktop shortcuts. In such case, user should refer to instructions within Windows help centre.

Programs that support LNK file

We hope we helped you solve the problem with the LNK file. If you do not know where you can download the application from our list, click on the link (which is the name of the program) - you will find more information there on the location where to download the secure setup version of the required application.

What else may cause problems?

There can be more reasons which determine that you are not able to open the LNK file (apart from the lack of the proper application installed).

First - the LNK file may be incorrectly associated with the application installed to support it. In this case, you need to change this association by yourself. To do this, right-click on the LNK file that you want to edit, click "Open with" and then select the program from the list that you have installed. After this operation, the problems with opening the LNK file should be solved.

Second - the file you want to open can simply be damaged. Then, the best solution is to find a new version of given file, or download it again from the same source as before (maybe for some reason in the previous session the download of the LNK file has not been completed and it cannot be opened properly).

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