File Extension

LNK File Format

Shortcut file (Microsoft Windows 9.x)

LNK is a file extension for a shortcut file used by Microsoft Windows to point to an executable file. LNK stands for LiNK. Shortcut files are used as a direct link to an executable file, instead of having to navigate to the executable.. LNK files contain some basic properties, such as the path to the executable file and the “Start-In” directory. LNK files use a curled arrow to indicate they are shortcuts, and the file extension is hidden (even after disabling “Hide Extensions for Known File Types” in Windows Explorer).

 

MIME type: application/x-ms-shortcut

 

Learn more about .LNK files:

Visit the Microsoft Developer Network web page.

See answers to .LNK-related questions at ITKnowledgeExchange.com.

This was last updated in July 2010
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