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XP Home file extensions.

by tarunkrsna / March 28, 2004 4:36 PM PST

I have recently migrated to XP Home from '98 and to date cannot get my OS to predictably display file extensions ... can anyone describe to me how to see all file extensions in Windows XP Home? As a hobby web site developer, I need to know what extensions to use on files I upload. Thanking you. tarun.

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Re:XP Home file extensions.
by Michael Geist / March 28, 2004 5:51 PM PST

If you open Explorer and click on the Tools menu, on the View tab you will find what you looking for.

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Re:XP Home file extensions.
by ingmarjan / March 28, 2004 5:55 PM PST

To view the file extensions in Windows XP:
1. double-click My Computer on the desktop if using the classic Windows start menu (otherwise, click on My Computer on the start menu).
2. Click on 'Tools' in the menu-bar
3. select 'Folder options'
4. go to the 'View ' tab
5. uncheck the checkbox reading 'hide extensions for known file types'

You should now be able to view the file extensions.

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Re:XP Home file extensions. Thanks heaps..both of you
by tarunkrsna / March 29, 2004 6:56 PM PST

Works fine now.

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Re:XP Home file extensions.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 29, 2004 7:05 PM PST

Actually, the issue could be that you are using EXPLORER to show file listings. Explorer is not a file or directory browser but a program designed to shield the end user from many things. Including file extensions...

You may want to explore (pun intended) other file browsers that do only file and directory browsing. I use one from

Review which might help as well.

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