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LNK file extension

The table below provides useful information about the .lnk file extension. It answers questions such as:

  • What is the .lnk file?
  • What program do I need to open a .lnk file?
  • How can the .lnk file be opened, edited or printed?
  • How can I convert .lnk files to another format?

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1 extension(s) and 0 alias(es) found in database

✅ Windows Shortcut

LNK file is a Microsoft Windows Shortcut. A Shortcut is a file that provides a link to another file.
Category: Other files
Application: -
Mime-type: application/octet-stream
Magic number: -
Magic string: -
Sample: -
LNK aliases:
LNK related links:
LNK related extensions:
Executable File

Internet Shortcut

Windows Desktop Shortcut

Macintosh URL Shortcut

Windows My Documents Shortcut

Windows Mail Recipient Shortcut

Windows Compressed Folder Shortcut

Windows Mail Account Data

Other types of files may also use the .lnk file extension.

🚫 The .lnk file extension is often given incorrectly!

According to the searches on our site, these misspellings were the most common in the past year:

ink, knk, lbk, lk, lmk, ln, lnm, mnk, nk, nlk, pnk

Is it possible that the filename extension is misspelled?

We found the following similar file extensions in our database:

Tablet PC Digital Ink
My Notes Keeper Notebook
Sothink Logo Maker Logo
Sprint-Layout Macro File
PN-editor Petri Net Key Data
UNIX Lint Data
KNK Studio Cutting Docment
Corel WordPerfect SGML Alias Data
ArchiCAD PlotMaker Layout Book
OpenInsight LK Data

🔴 Can't open a .lnk file?

When you double-click a file to open it, Windows examines the filename extension. If Windows recognizes the filename extension, it opens the file in the program that is associated with that filename extension. When Windows does not recognize a filename extension, you receive the following message:

Windows cannot open this file:


To open this file, Windows needs to know what program you want to use to open it...

If you don't know how to set the .lnk file association, check the FAQ.

🔴 Can I change the extension of files?

Changing the filename extension of a file is not a good idea. When you change a file's extension, you change the way programs on your computer read the file. The problem is, changing the file extension does not change the file format.

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