File Type Windows File Shortcut IconWindows File Shortcut
File Format Proprietary (Microsoft)
Usage Referenced by an application; not meant to be opened manually; may run a program or script when opened
Rank ★ ★ ★  Common

Shortcut or "link" to the original file; similar to an alias on the Macintosh platform; may be created in Windows by right-clicking a file and selecting "Create Shortcut."

If the LNK file is a shortcut to a program (.EXE file), it can contain attributes to define how the program runs; to set the attributes, right-click the shortcut file, select "Properties," and modify the Target Field.

LNK file icons typically include a small curled arrow to indicate that the file points to another location.

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Updated 2007