A small (2K or less) *.lnk file that appears on your desktop. In Windows, it contains a link to a program or file. You click it to launch the associated program or view the file. You can create them by right clicking the desktop and clicking new ⇒ shortcut. Normally you rename them to get rid of the shortcut to prefix. The Start menu is backed by a directory filled with *.lnk shortcut files pointing to the various items.
In Vista, W2008, W7-32, W7-64, W8-32, W8-64, W2012, W10-32 and W10-64, you can interconvert menu items and shortcuts by drag and drop.
You can use Ace Utilities to delete orphaned shortcuts that point to programs or files that no longer exist.
Unlike kickers, shortcuts cannot be used in *.bat files. Shortcuts are purely for interactive use. Java Web Start will optionally install shortcuts on your desktop and menu items.
*.lnk is a binary format file. Inside you can find the following data, some encoded in 8-bit characters and some in 16-bit.
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