File Association For Lnk

  1. Right-click on a.lnk file, and open the target location, does clicking on the actual.exe file the shortcut points to open Adobe Reader, and does it have the Adobe Reader icon?
  2. I have the issue, but none of the answers actually say 'associate program XYZ' with the.lnk file type. I think my issue is that there is an entry in the file association table, so every 'shortcut' wants to open with the associated program.
  3. May 02, 2020 Fix Shortcut Icons Changed to LNK Files in Windows 7. Go to Start Run, and type regedit. Navigate to HKEYCURRENTUSER Software Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Explorer FileExts.lnk. Delete the User Choice folder, close the registry editor, and restart your machine. Upon startup, your icons should be back to normal.
  4. Although it may seem counter intuitive to most people, executable files can still be launched even though the EXE association and file type might be broken. This is because there are other types of executable file such as.COM and.SCR which could still have working associations and therefore files with those extensions will still launch.

File TypeWindows Shortcut

Under Win10 settings, click Apps Default Apps Choose default apps by file type, then choose the program you want to associate. The whole process takes less than five minutes. Setting a program's default file association does not restrict other programs that support the file type from working.

CategorySystem Files

What is an LNK file?

File Association For Lnk

An LNK file is a shortcut or 'link' used by Windows as a reference to an original file, folder, or application similar to an alias on the Macintosh platform. It contains the shortcut target type, location, and filename as well as the program that opens the target file and an optional shortcut key. The file can be created in Windows by right-clicking a file, folder, or executable program and then selecting Create shortcut.

LNK files typically use the same icon as their target file, but add a small curled arrow to indicate that the file points to another location. When double-clicked, the shortcut acts exactly the same way as if the user clicked the original file.

LNK files with shortcuts to a program (.EXE file) can specify attributes for how the program runs. To set the attributes, right-click the shortcut file, select 'Properties,' and modify the Target field.

Windows do not display the .lnk file extension for file shortcuts even when the 'Hide extensions for known file types' folder viewing property is unchecked. While not recommended, you may enable the file extension to be displayed by deleting the 'NeverShowExt' property within the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTlnkfile Windows registry entry. To do so, follow these instructions:

  1. Open 'Registry Editor' by typing 'regedit' in the taskbar search box and selecting the program.
  2. Navigate to the ComputerHKEY_CLASSES_ROOTlnkfile location in the program.
  3. Create a backup of the key by right-clicking 'lnkfile' and selecting Export (you can use this to restore your key in case of an error).
  4. Select the 'NeverShowExt' property and delete it.
  5. Restart Windows.
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Read more about Windows shortcuts in the Help Center.

NOTE: Changes to the LNK file association may cause your Windows desktop icons to unexpectedly change or disappear. You can visit the Help Center for instructions on how to fix your Windows icons.

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Updated 12/23/2019