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Informations about the LNK filename extension and the file formats associated with it

We collected the information you should know about the .lnk filename on this page. If you were sent a(n) .lnk file in an e-mail, but you don’t know what to do with it, then you can find help here. We strive to suggest free, open-source applications that are available to everyone for the file formats.

1 filename extension(s) are in our database

.lnk - Windows Shortcut

The LNK file is a Other file, which is connected to the Windows Shortcut according to our registry. We currently can’t suggest an application for opening the Windows Shortcut format.

Format description:
LNK format
Magic string:
- / -
Related links:
Shortcut Article
Related extensions:
Windows Web View Template
Aston Toolbar Plug-in
shntool MD5 Checksum
MobaXterm Packaged Plugins
Windows My Documents Shortcut
Windows Desktop Shortcut

Important! Programs other than the ones listed above may also use the .lnk file extension. Even harmful programs can create files with the .lnk extension to store data in them. Always be careful with .lnk files coming from unknown sources. Don’t open executable files that arrived in mails, even if you know the sender.

The .lnk file can’t be opened on your computer?

If the program necessary for opening the .lnk file is installed properly on your computer, then the quickest and simplest way to open the .lnk file is to double-click on the file’s name. If that doesn’t work, then the right software probably isn’t installed on your computer.

While opening the .lnk file, you may receive an error message from the associated application, this can be caused by the following:

Incorrectly given .lnk extension

The .lnk filename extension can be given incorrectly sometimes. The cause of the error could be a mistake or a simple typo. We found the following incorrectly given filename extensions that are the most frequent in the case of .lnk files.

ink, nlk, mnk, lk, knk, nk, lmk, lbk

Maybe you’re not even looking for the .lnk file extension?

It’s possible the the file’s extension was given incorrectly. Below, we list some filename extensions that are similar to the .lnk extension. It’s possible that the one you’re looking for is among them.

Tablet PC Digital Ink
My Notes Keeper Notebook
KNK Studio Cutting Docment
NUKE Script
ArchiCAD PlotMaker Layout Book
Microsoft Outlook 2003 E-mail Cookies Data

Associated applications

The Windows operating system stores information about the applications associated to the file extensions in the registry database. The associations can be queried or modified in the Command Prompt window with the "assoc" command.

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