Chapter 32. Windows Shortcut Files (Link Files)

Information in this chapter:

• The purpose of link files, how they are created, and how they work
• How link files can be of evidentiary value
• Link files as evidence
A link file is a pointer to a file in a different location, which is called the target file. Link files are used liberally by the Windows operating system, and they can be created in numerous ways. A user can create a link file intentionally, for example, by placing a shortcut on the desktop, or they can also be created by Windows, without the user’s knowledge. The overall purpose of a link file is to enhance the user’s experience as he or she navigates a computer. A link file can help you find documents you recently opened or quickly ...

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