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What are WEBSITE files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a WEBSITE file or are you simply curious about its contents? We're here to explain the properties of these files and provide you with software that can open or handle your WEBSITE files.

What is a WEBSITE file?

These .website files are pinned site shortcuts, which will take the user to the linked website when the user double-clicks the file. These files are similar to Windows desktop shortcut icons that can take the user to the target location when double-clicked. A .website file is created after a user chooses the "Shortcut to Desktop" option under the "Send" menu item in the "File" toolbar option of Internet Explorer 9.The default browser is normally configured to open a new window or a new tab when these WEBSITE files are double-clicked by the user. Widely used Web browsers can open these .website files. These include the latest versions of Internet Explorer (versions 8, 9 and 10), Google Chrome, Firefox and Safari among others.These .website files may also be transmitted through the Internet and email. Some websites and applications have functions where a .website file is automatically created and saved in the user's desktop when the user clicks a button or a link in the website or in the application window. Always check the target location of these WEBSITE files before opening them. You can determine the target location of these files by simply viewing its properties.

How to open WEBSITE files

Important: Different programs may use files with the WEBSITE file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your WEBSITE file is, you may need to try a few different programs.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested three different WEBSITE openers which you will find listed below.

Last updated: January 3, 2024

Various apps that use files with this extension

These apps are known to open certain types of WEBSITE files. Remember, different programs may use WEBSITE files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

Internet ExplorerInternet ExplorerVerified
Dell Protected WorkspaceDell Protected WorkspaceUser submitted
Instant AccessInstant AccessUser submitted

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