Stop Hiding Windows 7 File Extensions!

People who know me know I am an Apple guy through and through. Despite my initial hatred for their products, I was a switcher long before they started using stoner girls to pitch their wares. One thing that has always upset be about Windows, even before I left the dark side, was how they seemed to like adding 'features' that caused more problems than anything else.

If you work in web design or graphics, there is an option that is turned on by default that you should really turn off before doing any work, showing file extensions. By default, Windows has file extensions (Example. .html or .jpg) turned off, showing only the file name without the extension.

For many, this provides them with a much cleaner feel to the Windows explorer, but for many others it provides nothing but hassle. If learning graphics or web for the first time, it is common for training materials to push you into use proper extensions on your files. With file extensions hidden many will go ahead and add it (especially new users). The problem is that these files now have two extensions on them!

If you did this with an index file for a website, Windows would show index.html but when it got to the server it would actually be index.html.html and would not work. The extension is there, you just can't see it. It only takes a moment to turn it back on.

Windows 7

Open Windows Explorer by going to My Computer in the Windows menu. Tap your Alt key and another set of menus will be displayed. Go to Tools > Folder Options and this will pop open a new window. Select the View tab and you will a bunch of options with check boxes. Find Hide extensions for known file types and uncheck it. That's it!

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Windows XP

Open Windows Explorer by going to My Computer in the Start menu. In the menus, go to Tools > Folder Options and it will open in a new window. Select the View tab and you will a bunch of options with check boxes. Find Hide extensions for known file types and uncheck it. That's it!

This only takes a minute and if you are just starting out, it will save a LOT of hassle and confusion down the road. I recommend this to everybody on Windows and is one of the first things I do with a web class.

 

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