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On 09/18/2014 06:12 AM, Gordon Burgess-Parker wrote:
On 18/09/14 10:12, Gary Collins wrote:
yes, it can be hard to find file extensions. That's one of the first things I set up on any new computer. Here's how to do it (windows7; Win 8 is probably similar): 1) in a windows explore window, click 'organize' and choose 'folder and search options.'
2) in the 'folder options' dialog that opens, click 'view'
3) UNcheck the box that says 'Hide extensions for known file types.'

Hope this helps,

This is why there was so much nonsense with the introduction of OOXML in MS Office - as "display file extensions" is off by default (why one wonders?), people were sending OOXML documents to recipients who had MSO 2003 or earlier, not knowing that the document was *.docx instead of *.doc, and of course the recipients couldn't open them!

Typical MS.....

The hiding extensions is a pain and if you choose to use the non-default one for a package, like .doc instead of .docx, it can get messy not seeing it. It gets worse when you are dealing with graphics. One of my packages GIMP no longer saves graphics in the "standard" formats, but requires you to export them, and now uses their one proprietary format for the save option. So with Windows hiding option you will not easily know if you made a mistake and saved the file and not exported.

There are a lot of issues that can come up if you do not un-check the auto hide option for extensions and many other auto hide uses.

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