What are Internet Shortcut Files?
Internet Shortcut files are used to create shortcuts on your computer to Internet websites. They are similar to normal shortcut files, but while shortcut files are links to files stored locally on your computer, Internet shortcut files point to a file or resource that exists at a remote location accessible through the Internet.
Double-clicking on an Internet shortcut file will open up a website in your default browser. It is very easy to create a shortcut file on most modern operating systems; you can simply drag the URL from a browser's address bar to your home screen. The operating system will create an internet shortcut and associate it with that link.
Popular Shortcut File Extensions
- URL — Format: Text
A “.URL” file is an Internet shortcut file that can be opened by any modern browser like Chrome, Internet Explorer, and more, and points to a site on the Internet. Moreover, it also has the ability to store a reference to the site's icon file (favicon) which can be displayed as the icon for the Internet shortcut.
On Windows, the extension part of the “.URL” file is hidden by default so only the name of the file would be visible to you. On Macs, the extension used for “.URL” files is “.WEBLOC”.
File Database Breakdown - Internet Shortcut File Extensions
Top Internet Shortcut File Extensions
|File Extension ||Total Number of Files ||Oldest File (Date) ||Latest File (Date) |
|URL ||551 ||Read Me.url |