Solved how to open .Ink file on Mac

March 25, 2011 at 00:00:25
Specs: Macintosh
I backed up all my files from a Windows computer that I use for school, onto a USB. I can open all files and use them successfully except for one file which is a .Ink file. I only have my Mac computer with me since I'm in another country. How can I open a .Ink file on a Mac? I desperately need to open this shortcut...any solutions? Please help!!!

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March 28, 2011 at 21:57:51
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First of all, with regards, I understand you are just switching to a Mac. :)

Files that *cannot* be opened on a Mac without dual-boot support, an emulator, or Wine on Mac include Windows executables (.exe), dynamic link libraries (.dll), or related files. Oddly enough, Safari 4+ can open .hta applications with ease.

The file you are trying to open is on that list as well. It is called a symbolic link in UNIX terms, hence where it got the extension .lnk from--it really should be .link, but this originated from Windows 95, where only three-letter extensions were allowed. On Windows, it is kindly masked over as an icon which looks like the one for the real program, with a shortcut arrow on it. A shortcut link would not help you in this case, because it is only a *link* to the real program, which without the methods I mentioned, will not run.

Even if I could assist you in opening a shortcut, it would not help. What we need to do is to open the program that you want, and make an alias to it (which, by the way, is Apple's way of making a shortcut--only with a lot more stability, because in OS X they are much more powerful due to UNIX inherency.)

Let me know what program, exactly, you desperately need to open...

Glad to work with you. If you found this answer to be helpful, please give it a +1. Feel free to post back for additional questions.


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