How to Show and Change a File Name Extension in Vista
A file name extension is a set of characters added to the end of a file name that identifies the file type or format which determines what program should open it. This will show you how to Hide or Show and Change file extensions in Vista.
This will not work for the .lnk shortcut file extension since you cannot see it by default. For how to see this file extension, see: File Name Extension
OPTION ONEHow to Show or Hide File Name Extensions
1. Open Folder Options.
2. To Show File Name Extensions
A) Uncheck Hide extensions for known file types. (See screenshot below step 4)
B) Go to step 4.
3. To Hide File Name Extensions
A) Check Hide extensions for known file types.
4. Click on OK.
OPTION TWOHow to Change a File Name Extension
1. Make sure you have Folder Options set to show file name extensions. (See step 2 in STEP ONE above)
2. Right click on the file and click on Rename. (See screenshot below)
3. Press the right arrow key once. (See screenshot below)
4. Press the Delete key until the file name extension is deleted. (See screenshow below)
5. Type in the new file name extension you want to use and press Enter. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: I used the BAT extension as example here for batch files.
6. Click on Yes to change the file name extension. (See screenshot below)
7. Notice that the icon has changed to match the file name extension. (See screenshot below)
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