.LNK File Extension

Windows Shortcut File

General Information

Title LNK File Extension
Extension .lnk
Full Form Windows Shortcut File
File Type Shortcut/File Link
Developer Microsoft
MIME Type application/x-ms-shortcut

File Function

Primary Function Shortcut creation
Additional Functions Link to location
Features Customizable, Portable

File Characteristics

Quality Binary format
Supports Layers N/A
Supports Transparency N/A
Editable Via properties

Use Cases

Quick Access Yes
File Organization Yes
Workflow Optimization Yes

Security and Practices

Security Risks Malicious target, Deceptive links
Best Practices Verify source, Avoid unknown shortcuts

Historical/Version Information

Initial Release Windows 95
Latest Version Included in Windows 10

Associated Types

Similar Extensions .url, .pif

Software Compatibility

Software Usage Policy OS Compatibility
Microsoft Windows Licensed Windows
Wine Free Linux, macOS
Lnk File Parser Free Various