.LNK File Extension

Developer:
Microsoft
File Type:
Windows File Shortcut
Popularity:

Having trouble opening .lnk extension? Don't panic! This page explains what lnk files are as well as suggests programs you may use to open lnk files. You can download these programs through this page.

What is a LNK file?

Lnk file extension has Windows Shortcut file type, developed by Microsoft, which is associated with the "system files" category.

To learn how you can open the given file, read the information below.

lnk file icon
Developer:
Microsoft
File Type:
Windows File Shortcut
Category:
System Files
Format:
Binary

How to open LNK file?

Double click the lnk file to open it. The file will open automatically if file associations have been correctly installed and there is a proper program on your computer; if not, file associations may be corrupted and your OS either cannot find the proper program, or you might not have one for opening the file. First, we recommend downloading our utility to fix file association errors; then, you can download any program for opening the .lnk extension from the ones suggested below. If you are certain there is nothing wrong with the file associations, you may proceed to method 2 right away; besides, if you can't make up your mind when choosing the right program, use Universal File Viewer from the last method.

Method 1: Fix file association errors

Follow these steps in order to automatically fix the lnk extension associations' problem in no time:

  • Step 1: Click on "Download Solution" to download automatic tool provided by WikiExt.
  • Step 2: Click "Start Scan" to identify all potential issues.
  • Step 3: Review scan results and click "Fix Items".
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Method 2: Download the appropriate software

The given list provides programs which may be used for opening or converting the lnk file. Choose the proper program for your OS, and click it to start the download or proceed to the developer's website.

Programs that open LNK files

  • Windows Windows
  • MacOS MacOS
    • Parallels Desktop for Mac with Windows installed Parallels Desktop for Mac with Windows installed
    • CodeWeavers CrossOver CodeWeavers CrossOver
  • Linux Linux
    • CodeWeavers CrossOver CodeWeavers CrossOver

Method 3: Use universal file viewer

In addition to the list of programs above, we recommend using Universal File Viewer. This tool can open over 250 file extensions and, most likely, it will be able to open the lnk file as well. Download Universal File Viewer for your OS.

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