How To Show File Extensions On Windows

How To Show File Extensions On WindowsIf you have Windows OS then you will not be able to see any of file extensions you use. That’s because Windows XP, 7, 8 or 10 don’t show file extensions by default. But to learn how to show file extensions on Windows, all you have to do is change a single setting. This way, no matter which version of Windows you are using, you can see the full extension of each file.


Reasons To Show File Extensions


Some people may be wondering why do I even have to show file extensions. Well there are several reasons as to why you should show your Windows file extensions. Every known file that Windows uses has a file extension. Some of them are normally about 3 to 4 digits long. But they can be longer in other cases though. If you ever looked at a Word document, you may have noticed that they have either the .doc or the .docx file extension name on it. For audio files, the name extensions may be .wma, .mp3, .flac, .aac, .ogg or several others. The name will depend on the software and files you are using.


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One of the best reasons for showing your file extensions is for security reasons. When it comes to .exe files, it is very difficult to tell if they are legitimate programs or safe documents. Since Windows uses .exe in many of file extensions, this is important. Especially since many virus and malware will be come in the .exe file form. Being able to see what the file extension of a file is, will let you know all about each file before you open it. It will also help tell you whether or not the document is safe to open with a particular program or not.


Showing File Extensions on Windows XP


  1. Go to Windows Explorer and select Tools, then Folder Options.
  2. Click on the tab which says View located in the Folder Options dialog box.
  3. Select Show Hidden Files and Folders in the Advanced Settings tab.
  4. Hit the Hide Extensions For Known File Types option.
  5. Select the OK button.


Showing File Extensions on Windows 7


  1. Go to the Organize button located on the Windows Explorer toolbar.
  2. Select Folder and Search Options so you can open it.
  3. Select the View tab located at the top of the Folder Options window.
  4. Under the Advanced Settings, click on the disable button to Hide Extensions For File Types check box.
  5. Click on the OK Button to change your show file extensions settings.


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Showing File Extensions on Windows 8 and 10


Although you can access this via the Control Panel or the Options button, doing it this way is much faster and easier.


  1. Click on the View tab found on the ribbon.
  2. Go to the Show/Hide section that lets you toggle file extensions either on or off.
  3. Select and activate the File Name Extensions box.
  4. You are done.

In the future, File Explorer will remember the choice you made and the setting. It will be active until you decide to disable it again.

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Tips On Deleting Temporary Files On Windows XP or 7

Tips On Deleting Temporary Files On Windows XP or 7.
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We know. Windows XP and Windows 7 might be old, however, they are still the #1 and #2 most popular versions of Microsoft Windows used. The reason they continue to beat their replacement versions is largely due to them being more easier to manage and use by users. Still, there are certain problems when it comes to them storing a lot of space on your hard drives with temporary files you do not need. Check out these great useful tips on deleting files on Windows XP or 7 below.





What Are Temp Files?


Many people either do not know or are unaware the vast number of space they are losing in their computer’s hard drives due to temporary files stored by Windows. Most are surprised to know that almost half of their disk size is wasted on temp files taking up space. But what exactly are temp files? Temporary files are used by our computer and laptops to provide more speed and function to the devices behind the scenes. Each time you use any Windows program, hundreds of thousands of duties are running behind the scenes which Windows performs. From creating, modifying and at times deleting them, these processes running help make Windows run faster and smoother. However, once you close the program, there are a great number of temp files left behind. After a few months, these files stack up and over a year, they can end up choking away Gigs of your hard drive’s space. Ironically, the same files created to help run Windows faster, can end up slowing it down due to lack of space.


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So How Do You Clean Them?


Windows has provided users with a very useful tool called “Disk Cleanup.” This tool can help you delete various temp files such as: Temporary Windows files. Temporary Internet Files and others. To use this tool simply:


  1. Click Start
  2. Click Programs (All Programs)
  3. Click on Accessories
  4. Click on System Tools
  5. Select Disk Cleanup

Or you can  right-click on one or any of your hard drives (if you have more than one) in the Computer window and select Properties. (See image below)

Tips On Deleting Temporary Files On Windows XP or 7.


Whichever you choose, your next step will bring up this window –

Deleting Windows Temp Files - Disk Cleanup for


Be sure to select check or (Highlight) the following boxes (as we have done with RED ARROWS) –

Downloaded Program Files

Temporary Internet Files

Recycle Bin (If you have files there)

Temporary Files

Compress old files

You will get a warning asking you if you are sure you want to perform these actions.

Click on OK.

Easy ways to clean up temporary files on Windows XP or 7


**NOTE that selecting compressed old files box will probably take a very long time, so be patient. Since these files have been accumulating for so long, it take several minutes. Still, it will be quite worth it as this will free up a lot of space.



More Ways To Clean Windows


There is also a great program called CCleaner which we highly recommend. With this awesome tool you can clean up even more junk and unnecessary files left behind on your PC or computer. Best of all, CCleaner is free to use and has a few other tools such as Registry cleaner and even Startup cleaner.


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Although hard drives have gotten bigger and bigger by the year as far as space, cleaning temporary files is very necessary, Not only for the space it will free up, but also, the very speed and performance of your computer.