WEBSITE File Extension

WEBSITE file icon
Internet Explorer Pinned Site Shortcut
  • Developer
    Microsoft
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    2.8 (5 votes)

What is WEBSITE file?

Internet Explorer, being the default browser for Windows, has its own text files that fall into the category of web files. These .WEBSITE files are pinned website shortcuts created by the browser on the Windows platform. They contain a website icon and can be clicked on in order to access the website. They are known to be used for storing and accessing bookmarks. Creating website files can be very simple; all you need to do is to visit your favorite website and drag the URL to your desktop. Windows will then automatically create a website file acting as the IE Pinned Site Shortcut. 

Programs which support WEBSITE file extension

Programs that can handle WEBSITE files are as follows. Files with WEBSITE suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.

Programs that support WEBSITE file

How to open file with WEBSITE extension?

There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening WEBSITE files on given system. Fortunately, most common problems with WEBSITE files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. We have prepared a listing of which will help you resolve your problems with WEBSITE files.

Step 1. Get the Microsoft Internet Explorer

Problems with opening and working with WEBSITE files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with WEBSITE files being present on your machine. The solution to this problem is very simple. Download Microsoft Internet Explorer and install it on your device. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. The safest method of downloading Microsoft Internet Explorer installed is by going to developer’s website (Microsoft Corporation) and downloading the software using provided links.

Step 2. Verify the you have the latest version of Microsoft Internet Explorer

If you already have Microsoft Internet Explorer installed on your systems and WEBSITE files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. It may also happen that software creators by updating their applications add compatibility with other, newer file formats. The reason that Microsoft Internet Explorer cannot handle files with WEBSITE may be that the software is outdated. All of the file formats that were handled just fine by the previous versions of given program should be also possible to open using Microsoft Internet Explorer.

Step 3. Associate Internet Explorer Pinned Site Shortcut files with Microsoft Internet Explorer

If the issue has not been solved in the previous step, you should associate WEBSITE files with latest version of Microsoft Internet Explorer you have installed on your device. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.

Selecting the first-choice application in Windows

  • Right-click the WEBSITE file and choose Open with option
  • Select Choose another app → More apps
  • The last step is to select Look for another app on this PC option supply the directory path to the folder where Microsoft Internet Explorer is installed. Now all that is left is to confirm your choice by selecting Always use this app to open WEBSITE files and clicking OK.

Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS

  • Right-click the WEBSITE file and select Information
  • Open the Open with section by clicking its name
  • Select the appropriate software and save your settings by clicking Change all
  • If you followed the previous steps a message should appear: This change will be applied to all files with WEBSITE extension. Next, click the Continue button to finalize the process.

Step 4. Check the WEBSITE 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 WEBSITE file. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.

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

If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the WEBSITE file hinders attempts to open it. Immediately scan the file using an antivirus tool or scan the whole system to ensure the whole system is safe. If the WEBSITE file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.

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

Did you receive the WEBSITE file in question from a different person? Ask him/her to send it one more time. The file might have been copied erroneously and the data lost integrity, which precludes from accessing the file. It could happen the the download process of file with WEBSITE extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.

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. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the Internet Explorer Pinned Site Shortcut file again.

4. Verify that your device fulfills the requirements to be able to open Microsoft Internet Explorer

If the systems has insufficient resources to open WEBSITE files, try closing all currently running applications and try again.

5. Verify that your operating system and drivers are up to date

Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with Internet Explorer Pinned Site Shortcut files and ensure security of your device and operating system. It may be the case that the WEBSITE files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.

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