Making File Extensions Display in Windows

Making Extensions Display — Windows 7

Show file extension in Windows 7

  1. Open Windows Explorer. You can do this by opening up any folder, or you can just click Start > User Name.
  2. Click “Organize”, scroll down and click “Folder and search options”.
  3. Click the “View” tab. Scroll down until you see “Hide extensions for known file types”, un-check this line here by clicking on the check box.
  4. Click “OK” and now your file extensions will now longer be hidden.

Making Extensions Display — Windows XP

  1. In Windows XP open any folder (My Computer or My Documents are good ones). Then…
    • Select Tools | Folder Options
    • Select the View Tab and then
    • Scroll down to the entry that says “Hide file extensions for known file types” and make certain it’s not checked.
    • Click on the Apply To All Folders button and then close the window.
  2. With this move you will now see extensions in file directory windows and the option will be picked up by other Microsoft programs like Outlook.
  3. Set File Extension Display XP

Making Extensions Display — Windows Vista

The procedure for making file extensions show up in Vista is similar to that for Windows XP.

After you open any Windows Explorer window (e.g., Documents or any other) there are three basic steps:

1) Click on the Organize button.

2) Select the Folder and Search Options menu item.

3) Take the View Tab and scroll down the list to the Hide extensions for known file types item and uncheck it.

While you are there consider marking the Show hidden files and folders item if you are comfortable with that. There are other options there as well if you care to change how Windows displays files and folders.

Vista Show File Extensions

Making Extensions Display — Windows 98

In Windows 98 double click to open My Computer and then select View | Folder Options. Then…

  • Select the View Tab and then
  • Scroll down to the entry that says “Hide file extensions for known file types” and make certain it’s not checked.
  • Click OK and then close the My Computer window.

With this move you will now see extensions in file directory windows and the option will be picked up by other Microsoft programs like Outlook.

Show File Extensions Win98