Windows 8: Show the extension of a file

I understand for simplicity for the mom and pop that don’t care about file extensions.  I for one always turn them back on.  One because I sometimes need to make a specific file type, example make a registry file, and two it lowers the risk making a stupid mistake and clicking SomeCoolFamilyVideo.m4v when it fact it is SomeCoolFamilyVideo.m4v.exe and now you are dealing with a virus.

In windows 8 is pretty easy to turn on ‘File name extensions’ To do this:

  • Open windows explorer
  • Click the pointing down carrot on the right side to expand the menu


  • Then Click on View
  • Place a check on ‘File name extensions’


  • All done and you should now see the file extensions.
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