How To Show Extensions Of Files In Windows 7-10?

Here, we will discuss how to make Windows display extensions for all file types and why it can be necessary. Two methods are described here; the first one is equally suitable for Windows 10, 8 (8.1) and Windows 7, and the second should be used only in Windows 8 and 10, but it is more convenient.

If you want to see the list off all extensions that exist, and make sure you are well-informed about this issue, visit the wikiext website to see whether there is the one you need to make a research on.

Why Do You Need to See File Extension?

By default, the latest versions of Windows do not show extensions of files for those types which are registered in system, and these are almost all files you deal with. This was done to improve the general appearance of system - it looks much more better when you view the list of files without the extensions. However, when it comes to practice you sometimes need to see the file extension to understand which software to use to open the file. For example, if there is a .rar and you do not have the archivator, you need to display the extension of the file and then find out which software supports it, to download it. However, for this occasion it is enough to rename the file to .7z format which is supported by Windows by default.  But usually it is not enough to change extension and files with different extension can have similar icons.

Displaying File Extensions for Windows 7 (Can Also Be Used for Windows 8 And 10)

To display the extensions of files in Windows 7, open the Control bar (switch the Viewing point on the right above to "Icons" instead of "Category"), and select the Parameters of Folders item (to open a control bar in Windows 10, use the menu by right click on the Start button).

In the opened settings window choose the View tab and in the field "Additional Parameters" find the "Hide Extensions for the Registered Types of Files" point (this point is in the bottom of the list). If you need to show extensions of files, remove a mark from the corresponding box and click "Ok" - from  now on extensions will be displayed on a desktop, in the explorer and everywhere in system.

How To Show Extensions Of Files In Windows 10 And 8 (8.1)

First of all, you can turn on display of extensions of files in Windows 10 and Windows 8 (8.1) using the method described above. But there is also one faster and more convenient method to make it without entering the Control bar.

Open any folder or launch the Windows explorer by pressing the keys Windows + E (on the keyboard). And in the main menu of the explorer go to the View tab. Pay attention to the mark "Extensions of Names of Files", if it is checked, then extensions are shown, if is not, extensions are hidden.

As you can see, it can be done simply and quickly. You can also use the explorer to make it even easier, just press the Parameters tab, and then choose "Change of folder parameters and search".


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