Google Drive External File Shortcut
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What is a GLINK file?
A GLINK file is an external shortcut file created by Google Drive. It contains a link to a webpage or file that is stored outside Google Drive. GLINK files are created using third-party Google Drive apps or Google Chrome extensions.
Some Google Drive apps and Google Chrome extensions, such as the gLinks and Save 2 Drive Chrome extensions, allow users to save shortcuts to external webpages and online files in Google Drive. These shortcuts appear in Drive as GLINK files.
GLINK files may also appear on PCs that have Google Drive for Desktop or ChromeOS installed, because those apps synchronize with a user's Google Drive account. On these devices, GLINK files typically appear in the Google Drive folder.
NOTE: GLINK files were also previously created by Backup and Sync from Google. Google replaced Backup and Sync with Drive for Desktop in October 2021.
How to open a GLINK file
Google Drive, Google Drive for Desktop, and ChromeOS users can double-click a GLINK file to open the webpage or file the GLINK file points to.
If necessary, you can also open a GLINK file in any text editor, to view the URL of the webpage or file your GLINK file links to.