How To Open LNK file In Windows PC 32 And 64 Bit [2023]

How to open LNK file and what is its format in Windows 11/10

This article will be taking you through how to open LNK file. The LNK file format is an extension of shortcut files in Windows that refer to opening the original file, folder, or application in a different location.

We will analyze in this instruction how to open LNK file, and what kind of format it is, we will check whether this extension is a virus or genuine in Windows 11 and 10.

LNK File Format

The LNK file is a system shortcut file in Windows and is used to open a folder, or file, or launch an application or game. An LNK file contains target object reference information and metadata such as the original object’s path, size, and so on. Below is an example of what the LNK file format looks like. These are the usual labels with an arrow.

Since the LNK file format is in shell binary format, it becomes an ideal vehicle for hackers to penetrate. For this reason, look closely at the shortcut’s source path in properties and metadata. Below is an example of the LNK format that runs a PowerShell script. Must be the target path to the original file.

How to open LNK file in Windows 11/10

If you have white desktop shortcuts, then you can find the original file in the shortcut properties and create a new LNK shortcut or run it and be able how to open LNK file in the original format.

  • Right-click on the LNK shortcut and select Properties
  • Go to the Label tab
  • In the column ” Object ” you can find out the path to the original file
  • Copy and paste it into the Explorer to run it right away
  • You can also navigate manually along the path

How to create a LNK file

To create an LNK file, follow these steps:

  • Navigate to the path in the shortcut properties (fig. above)
  • In the Object column, follow the path manually
  • Find the target file and right-click on it
  • Select New > Shortcut
  • The LNK file format will appear on the desktop

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