M-Files Desktop Shortcut
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What is an MFLINK file?
An MFLINK file is a desktop shortcut, or "link," created by M-Files Desktop, which is the primary user interface for the M-Files electronic content management (ECM) system. It contains data about a file stored in an organization's M-Files vault. Double-clicking an MFLINK file opens the related file in M-Files Desktop (provided you have the credentials necessary to open the file).
M-Files is a server-based content management system that allows organizations to securely store documents and access them from multiple computers, as well as mobile devices and web browsers. This makes it easy for an organization's employees to share and collaborate on documents, as well as access important evergreen documents from one central location.
Primarily, users use the M-Files Desktop application to open files stored in their organization's M-Files vault. If a user wants to create a desktop shortcut to a file stored in their organization's vault, they can do so by:
- Right-clicking the file.
- Selecting Get Hyperlink... → Create M-Files shortcut (.mflink).
An MFLINK file then appears on the user's desktop. Double-clicking the MFLINK file opens the file it is a shortcut to in M-Files Desktop.
NOTE: Users can also create normal .LNK Windows shortcuts after selecting Get Hyperlink.... These shortcuts open the related file in the Windows application associated with that file type. (For example, a .DOCX file would open in Microsoft Word.)
How to open an MFLINK file
MFLINK files are not meant to be opened. To open the file an MFLINK file points to, double-click the MFLINK file. The related file will then open in M-Files Desktop, provided you have the correct credentials.