Whenever you save a file in the computer, an extension is as added to it at the end. The operating system adds this extension to represent the format of the file. Each format saves the data in a different way. However, you can save a file in a particular format you want.
There are two parts in the filename:
- Descriptive part: It defines the name of the file.
- File extension: It defines the type of the file.
Some important system files are kept hidden by the windows due to some security reasons, but you can make them visible.
Windows 10 allows you to show the extension of the saved files which makes it simpler to determine the type of the file. This article will provide two easy methods to show the extension of the files in Windows 10.
Steps to Show the File Extension in Windows 10
Method 1: Using File Explorer
Step 1: Type “file explorer” in Windows Search present on the taskbar and select the top result.
Using file explorer, you can access various files present in different drives of the computer. There are four tabs at the top namely File, Home, View and Share.
Step 2: Select the View tab which holds different styles to view the icons of files.
Step 3: Click on the checkbox saying “File name extensions“.
Method 2: Using Control Panel
Step 1: Open the Control Panel.
Step 2: Change the View to Large Icons.
Here you will find multiple options using which you can adjust the settings of the computer.
Step 3: Select File Explorer Options.
This opens a new window containing three tabs for different purposes:
Step 4: Open the View tab.
Under Advanced Settings, you will find a number of options to modify the visibility of icons
Step 5: Uncheck the “Hide extensions for known file types” option and click on Apply & OK.
- In the same way, you can hide file extension, Just by clicking the checkbox “Hide extensions for known file types” under the ‘File explorer options’.
- You can also go through this article to know more about How to change a File Extension in Windows 10.
In this way, you can easily show the extension of the files in Windows 10.