File Extension LNK

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Have you encountered a problem with a LNK file? Don’t you know which program opens a file with this extension? You will find all the information you need about working with a LNK file here. In the further part of this page we have added a list of programs that should open your LNK file. It is enough you choose a proper application for your operating system, download and install it.


LNK is the abbreviation for link, ie connection, and represents a so-called link under the operating system Windows. The LNK file establishes a connection to another file or directory. Most commonly, such links are used for exe files, but it works with any other file type. If you double-click a link, for example to an exe file, it behaves as though you had double-clicked the exe file itself, it will be executed. When linking to a folder, this would open the folder.

An LNK file contains information about the type of linked file, the location and name of the file, as well as the execution directory and the program that will open the file. LNK files usually use the pictogram (icon) of the target file, but you can also assign your own without touching the target file. With Windows default settings, links are generally identified by a small, curved arrow.

Right-click on a link -> Properties to view and modify the properties. A shortcut can be created in two different ways.

1. Right click where the link should be created and choose new-> linkage. In the following dialog you set the target file and the name of the link.

2. Find the desired target file, right-click it and hold down the mouse button while moving the arrow to where the link should appear and let go. In the following menu simply select "Create link here". Then you can rename this shortcut just like any other file.

Note that deleting a link does not cause the destination file to be deleted or even a program uninstalled.

Programs which can open a LNK file

How to open a LNK file? Advice and guidance

Absolutely most often appearing reason that prevents you from opening the LNK file is the lack of a proper application to support it in your operating system. It is notably the first thing you need to address. When one of the programs to support a LNK file from the list is already installed, you can try to rerun the file. The system should display a message asking you to choose a primary application to support LNK files. At this point we are looking for disk space where the application was installed in and we can link it with a LNK file. Since then, our operating system will use the selected program to support all LNK files.

Other issues

Despite the described problem with LNK there may be many more problems. If the existing operations were not effective, get involved with the following matters:

- verify that the LNK file is not damaged and that it has been downloaded or copied in whole
- verify that the file has a file extension that has not been intentionally changed (for example, if it do not contain other information than its extension suggests)
- make sure again whether the LNK file type is linked in the operating system with a proper program
- make sure that the file is not infected with a virus and you have up to date software and drivers.

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