A single glance at the file extension is enough for a normal Windows user to determine the type of file you are dealing with. Saves time and makes the organization more efficient. You don’t really need to open a .docx file to determine that it is a document. The extension itself says it all. In this article today we are going to talk about file extensions, their benefits, their uses and especially how to show file extensions in Windows 10, 8 and even Windows 7.
Why do you need file extensions?
File extensions are as important as it gets. Let’s see why they are so important and what are their uses:
To determine the file type
With so many file types and formats, it can be quite confusing without file extensions. As far as we know, there are more than ten types of video formats and not all applications can decode each of them. The same goes for text documents. Today, when we have software specifically aimed at working with a single file format, we can’t do anything until we know the file format. So we need file extensions.
Viruses can duplicate themselves as files
File naming rules in all cases of ‘.’ in the file name. Now if the file extension visibility is disabled on your computer, you might see a ‘work.doc.exe’ virus under the name ‘work.doc’. Malwares are often disguised as files that are not suspected and enter and corrupt the entire system once they are executed. Therefore, without the file extensions as you can see, it is almost impossible to differentiate between executable malware and a text document.
How to show file extensions in Windows 10, 8, 7
Enabling file extensions is very easy. Follow either of the two methods listed below and you will be able to see all your files with extensions.
Method 1. Via the control panel
The best way to always see file extensions in Windos is by using this method.
- Control panel open
- Go to Appearance and Personalization.
- Now click Folder options or File explorer option , in the View tab.
- Go to Advanced Settings.
- Here you will see the option Hide extensions for known file types.
- Uncheck this option
- Click Apply and OK.
Method 2. Through Windows File Explorer
Another method to view file extensions in Windows is as follows;
- In Windows 10 explore, you can access it through View.
- Now go to Options.
- Change folder and search options.
- Open Explorer, press Alt on your keyboard to bring up the Classic bar.
- Then click on Tools
- Folder options. Now follow the steps mentioned above in Method 1.
I hope you were able to see the file extensions in Windows 10. In case you have any difficulties, feel free to comment and let us know. We will get back to you as soon as possible. Hope you found the article informative and enjoyed reading it. This is it for the day. Thank you for reading!