How to view file extensions in Windows 10/8/7

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The file extension is the one that identifies the file type. If you are a normal Windows user, there is no problem identifying the file type. It is very important to see the file extension to identify the type of file you are trying to open from a security point of view. So, in this post, we will see how to hide or show file extensions and why show them.

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What are file extensions and why are they useful?

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Different file types have different extensions. Audio files have.mp3,.wav,.wav,.wma and more based on the program that opened this file. File extensions also help the operating system to identify the appropriate program for opening the respective file. So you should be able to see file extensions to be more secure, and we will let you know how to enable options to see file extensions in Windows.

As already mentioned, Windows does not display default file extensions and they are hidden. But you can change the option to see it.

Show file extensions

There are two ways to access this setting. On the one hand via the Control Panel and on the other hand via Windows Explorer itself. In both cases, you will switch from the option to display file extensions.

From Control Panel

Open Control Panel > Appearance and Customization. Now click Folder Options or Option in the File Explorer, as shown now > View tab. In this tab, you see the option Hide extensions for known file types under Advanced settings. Deselect this option and click Apply and OK.

You can now see the extensions of all files on your Windows system.

These are very simple steps and you do not need third party software to view file extensions. Windows offers us everything that is easy to achieve and it is a matter of knowing them and implementing them. This is the first way to see file extensions under Windows 7.

Via Windows File Explorer

In Windows Explorer 8.1, you can access it via View > Options > Edit Folder and Search Options. In Windows 7, open the Explorer and press Alt on your keyboard to display the Classic Bar. Then click Tools > Folder Options. Now follow the steps above.

How to configure your Windows to display file extensions under Windows 8. If you would like to add anything, please let us know with your comments.

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