Full format name of files that use XLNK extension is XML Shortcut Format. XLNK files are supported by software applications available for devices running Linux, Windows. XLNK file format, along with 6033 other file formats, belongs to the Misc Files category. The most popular program for handling XLNK files is XLNK_launcher, but users can choose among 2 different programs that support this file format.
Below you will find an index of software programs that can be used to open XLNK files divided into 2 categories according to system platform supported. Files with XLNK extension, just like any other file formats, can be found on any operating system. The files in question may be transferred to other devices, be it mobile or stationary, yet not all systems may be capable of properly handling such files.
There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening XLNK files on given system. Fortunately, most common problems with XLNK 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.
The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports XLNK files installed on the system. This issue can be addressed by downloading and installing XLNK_launcher or different compatible program, such as Microsoft Office. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit XLNK_launcher website and download the installer.
If you already have XLNK_launcher installed on your systems and XLNK 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. If you have an older version of XLNK_launcher installed, it may not support XLNK format. All of the file formats that were handled just fine by the previous versions of given program should be also possible to open using XLNK_launcher.
If you have the latest version of XLNK_launcher installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage XLNK on your device. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.
Change the default application in Windows
Change the default application in Mac OS
Should the problem still occur after following steps 1-3, check if the XLNK file is valid. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.
If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the XLNK 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. XLNK file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.
If you obtained the problematic XLNK file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. The file might have been copied erroneously and the data lost integrity, which precludes from accessing the file. When downloading the file with XLNK extension from the internet an error may occurred resulting in incomplete file. Try downloading the file again.
Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the XML Shortcut Format file.
The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support XLNK files. Close all running programs and try opening the XLNK file.
Up-to-date system and drivers not only makes your computer more secure, but also may solve problems with XML Shortcut Format file. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle XLNK files.
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