Information about the .lnk (lnk) file type

Below is all the information we have available on file about the .lnk (lnk) file type.

.lnk
Windows shortcut file.

A .lnk file is a shortcut to another file. They are used under Windows to provide a simple means of linking to (or pointing to) another file. This allows a single copy of a file to be referred to from several places. For example a single copy of an application (.exe) file may exist on a Windows PC, but a link to it (complete with icon) may exist on the desktop and/or in the start menu and for one or more separate user accounts.

Shortcut files perform a similar role to Symbolic links on Unix. Unlike Unix where symbolic links are implemented by the file system in Windows .lnk files are separate distinct files.

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Where this is available we would like to include file format information on .lnk files, as well as information on how to view or open files of type .lnk. If you know of any information which we have missed then please let us know.