shortcut definition file system Microsoft Corporation
's term for a symbolic link
, stored as a file with extension ".lnk". Shortcuts first appeared in 1996 in the Windows 95 operating system
. Windows shortcuts can link to any file or directory ("folder"), including those on remote computers, using UNC
paths. Each shortcut can also have its own icon
. A shortcut that links to an executable file can pass arguments
and specify the directory in which the command should run. Unlike a Unix symbolic link
, a shortcut does not always behave exactly like the target file or directory.