Opening WEBSITE files

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

Try a universal file viewer

In addition to the products listed above, 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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