Show File Extension in Windows File Explorer

Windows 10 and Windows 8 hide by default the file extension for known file types, however If you like me love to see them then you can tell File Explorer to always show them to you.

This tutorial is for multiple Windows Versions: Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. The steps are the same, however the layout of the menu’s might be different.

 

Windows 10: File Extension Show File Extension in Windows File Explorer Show File Extension in Windows File Explorer

Windows 10: File Extension

Show File Extension in File Explorer.

1. Open File Explorer and open any random folder.

2. Click on View in the top bar.

3. Then click on Options

4. Now click on Change Folder and Search options

 

Windows 10: Folder Options Show File Extension in Windows File Explorer Show File Extension in Windows File Explorer

Windows 10: Folder Options

5. Click on the View tab

6. Uncheck the box: “Hide extensions for known file types”

7. Click on Apply and then OK

 

Windows 10: Show File Extension Show File Extension in Windows File Explorer Show File Extension in Windows File Explorer

Windows 10: Show File Extension

Windows 10 and Windows 8 should now always show the file types after the name for all files.

 

Show File Extension in File Explorer.

1. Open File Explorer and open any random folder.

2. Click on View in the top bar.

3. Then click on Options

4. Now click on Change Folder and Search options

 

Windows 10: Folder Options Show File Extension in Windows File Explorer Show File Extension in Windows File Explorer

Windows 10: Folder Options

5. Click on the View tab

6. Check the box: “Hide extensions for known file types”

7. Click on Apply and then OK

 

Windows 10: Show File Extension Show File Extension in Windows File Explorer Show File Extension in Windows File Explorer

Windows 10: Show File Extension

Windows 10 and Windows 8 should now always show the file types after the name for all files.

 

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Yuri Pustjens
Yuri Pustjens
2014, 2015 & 2016 Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Windows Yuri specializes in troubleshooting (crash analysis and devices), system resource utilisation and system performance. He is also very interested in Customer Security. Yuri can be found as Windows Community Moderator and Wiki Author on Microsoft Answers and is active on different communities all across the web.

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