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How to open .lnk file extension?

File Type : System file type
Compatible with (WinXP,Vista,Win7,Win8 and Win10)

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What is .lnk file extension?

.lnk file extension is a known file type. This section of tells you everything you need to know about this extension.
The LNK or "LINK" file is the shortcut used by Windows as a reference to an original file, which is similar to an alias on the Mac platform. These LNK files contain the shortcut target type, location, filename and also specifies the program that opens the target file and an optional shortcut key. These shortcuts can be created in Windows by right-clicking a file and then selecting "Create Shortcut."LNK files usually use the same icon as their target file, but a small curled arrow is added to indicate that the file is pointing to another location.LNK files with shortcuts to a program can specify attributes for how the program runs.LNK files in Windows do not show the ".lnk" file extension even when the "Hide extensions for known file types" folder viewing property is unchecked. Though its not recommended, but users may enable its display by editing the "NeverShowExt" property within the "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile" Windows registry entry.Important: Making changes to the LNK file may cause Windows desktop icons to unpredictably change or disappear. User can visit the Help Center to get the instructions on how to fix the Windows icons.
You can see a list of software programs here on that can open this file type so that you don’t need to search for it on the web. You can then open your file with this extension using a software listed below.

Software that can be used to open .lnk files:

Microsoft Windows:
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Flint LinkInfo
  • CodeWeavers CrossOver
Apple Mac OS X:
  • Parallels Desktop for Mac with Windows installed
  • CodeWeavers CrossOver