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Show File Extensions and Hidden Files Windows 10

Show File Extensions and Hidden Files Windows 10

Show File Extensions and Hidden Files By default, Windows 10 hides most file extensions so, when you’re browsing through your files, you can’t easily see what type of file they are. Your quarterly report, for example, will appear as “3dqreport” instead of “3dqreport.pptx” while that web page you saved will display as “homepage” rather than “homepage.htm”

Show File Extensions and Hidden Files

By default, Windows 10 hides most file extensions so, when you’re browsing through your files, you can’t easily see what type of file they are. Your quarterly report, for example, will appear as “3dqreport” instead of “3dqreport.pptx” while that web page you saved will display as “homepage” rather than “homepage.htm” or “homepage.html.”

Microsoft has been disabling extensions by default for the past several versions of its OS in a misguided effort to simplify the file system for users. However, this approach can create more problems than it solves. For example, I recently ran into a problem when linking to a font file because I referenced it as “myfont.ttf” when the hidden extension was in caps and the real name was “myfont.TTF.”

In an effort to protect you from yourself, Microsoft also hides certain operating system files from you by default. But what if you need to find these files or edit them to troubleshoot? And can’t you trust yourself not to delete important files?  Here’s how to show extensions and hidden files in Windows 10.

1. Navigate to the control panel. You can get there by hitting Windows + X and selecting Control Panel

2. Open File Explorer Options. If you don’t see the icon for it, change the control panel view (in the upper right corner) to large or small icons.

3. Navigate to the View tab.

4. Toggle “Hidden files and folders” to “Show hidden files, folders and drives.”

5. Uncheck “Hide empty drives,” “Hide extensions for known file types” and “Hide protected operating system files.”

 

6. Click Yes when warned about unhiding protected files.

7. Click Ok.

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