Opening LNK files

Did your computer fail to open a LNK file? We explain what LNK files are and recommend software that we know can open or convert your LNK files.

What is a LNK file?

Files given the .lnk extension are commonly referred to as "linker files" or desktop shortcuts. These files are most commonly associated with Microsoft Windows and they typically point to an .exe file that is located somewhere else on the user's computer.

When you click a .lnk file shortcut, it launches the program that is associated with the .exe file that the shortcut refers to. The .lnk files will appear on your computer desktop as an icon with a small, curled arrow. These files can be very useful when you want quick access to an application that you use frequently. Instead of navigating to the program from your start menu, you can simply click the .lnk file on your desktop and the application will launch for you automatically.

Software that will open, convert or fix LNK files

Unfortunately we have not received enough suggestions for software that can open LNK files yet.

Try a universal file viewer

I would suggest that you try a universal file viewer like Free File Viewer. It can open over 200 different types of files - and very likely yours too! Download Free File Viewer.

By Prof. Jones (The File Expert)

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