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File TypeInternet Shortcut

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CategoryWeb Files


This file is saved in a plain text format. You can open and view the contents of this file using a text editor.


Shortcut file referenced by Web browsers, such as Microsoft Internet Explorer (MSIE), Apple Safari, and Google Chrome; contains information for a Web URL; also sometimes contains a reference to the favicon.ico icon file, which is displayed as the icon for the shortcut file.

More Information

URL files open an Internet location, such as a Web address, in the user's default browser. Usually the shortcut location can be viewed by opening the file in a text editor such as Microsoft Notepad or Apple TextEdit.

To create a URL file in Windows, simply drag the URL address from your browser window onto your desktop. It will create a URL file that will open the address when double-clicked. If you drag the URL address to your desktop on a Mac, it will create a .WEBLOC file instead.

Here is an example of data contained in a URL file:
URL=[URL Address]

NOTE: Microsoft Windows does not display the ".url" file extension even though it exists in the filename. Therefore, URL files saved using Windows Web browsers will appear with only the filename prefix.

Program(s) that open .URL files
Microsoft Windows LogoWindows
Microsoft internet Explorer
Google Chrome
Apple Safari
Mozilla Firefox
Microsoft Notepad
Other text editor
Mac OS X LogoMac
Microsoft internet Explorer
Google Chrome
Apple Safari
Mozilla Firefox
Apple TextEdit
Other text editor
Updated 11/11/2014