Here’s how you can make Windows show File Extensions


By default, Windows hides file extensions to try and keep things simple, but you can still show them by changing a single setting. Each file has a file extension that is intended to tell Windows what type of file that is. For instance, Word documents have the .doc or .docx file extension, audio files have .mp3, .aac, or .ogg file extension. This tutorial will show you how to make Windows 7, 8, and 10 always show file extensions. Just take a look.

Steps to show files in Windows 7

Step 1: First off, you are supposed to launch Windows Explorer.

Step 2: Click the Organize button located on the toolbar.

Step 3: Choose Folder and search options from the drop-down menu.

Step 4: Choose the View tab at the top of the Folder Options window.

Step 5: Under Advanced Settings, you need to uncheck the box for Hide extensions for known file types.

Step 6: In the end, click OK to apply changes.

Steps to show files in Windows 8 and 10

Step 1: First, launch File Explorer.

Step 2: Once you are in, click the View tab on the ribbon.

Step 3: In the Show/hide section, check the box for File name extensions in order to toggle file extensions on or off. File Explorer will remember this setting until you uncheck that box in the future.

That’s all there it takes. Showing file extensions is helpful for security. If you can’t see the type of the file, you will find it hard to tell whether it’s a program or a safe document.

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