How do I display extensions for all files in Windows XP?
I saw your article a few days ago about how to selectively enable filename extensions in WinXP, [see: Selectively enable filename extensions in WinXP] which is helpful, but the more I look at my Windows system, the more I think I'd rather just be able to see ALL my file extensions. How can I make that change in Windows XP, Dave?
It's actually quite similar to how you enable individual extensions, but actually a bit easier yet. Here are the steps involved:
Start out by opening up any old folder on your system, and choosing Tools --> Options, or going to START --> Settings --> Control Panel --> Folder Options. Either way, you'll end up at the General folder display preferences for Windows XP:
Instead of clicking on the "File Types" tab like we did earlier, however, click on "View", and here's what you'll see:
As you can see by the highlighted cursor, it's the last option here you want to uncheck: "Hide extensions for known file types". Click that, click "OK" and *poof* your system will be displaying filename suffixes for every file type, known or unknown.
Now your folders will look like this:
Or, if you have it in "Details" view, perhaps like this:
Hope that helps you tweak WinXP to work exactly as you desire!
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