Enable / View File Extensions in Windows


If you need to see file extensions and can't locate what you are looking for, it is a good idea that the view file name extensions option is enabled; by default, on many versions of Windows, this is not enabled.


Graphical user interface

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From File Explorer:

  • Select View.
  • If the panel isn't displayed then the small arrow on the right will be pointing down, just click on it to open the panel.
  • Check the 'File name extensions' tick box, as displayed on the above image.


This will enable file extensions globally, across all Explorer windows.