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You cannot effectively use a computer unless you can see file extensions. Why open an email attachment if you don't know what kind of file is attached? That would be pure insanity, yet it is done everyday. Too many retail computer stores sell computers and don't really give a damn what happens to the customer. They send out computers everyday without taking the time to enable the viewing of file extensions. Why do they do that? Because they want you to come back later with a virus, why else? Maybe they are just too damn lazy, whatever reason, it is totally beyond my comprehension as to why they do it, but they do, and it is what it is.

Windows XP and Windows 2003 users do the following:

  • Click Start.
  • Double Click My Computer.
  • Click on the Tools Menu then click Folder Options.
  • Select the View tab.
  • Uncheck the radio button labeled Hide extensions for known file types.
  • Press the Apply button and then the OK button and close My Computer.
  • Done.

Windows 7 and Vista users do the following:

  • Click on the Start button.
  • Click on Control Panel.
  • When the control panel opens you can either be in Classic View or Control Panel Home View.
  • If you are in the Classic View do the following:
  • Double-click on the Folder Options icon.
  • Click on the View tab.
  • Uncheck the radio button labeled Hide extensions for known file types.
  • Click Apply and then click OK and close My Computer.
  • If you are in the Control Panel Home view do the following:
  • Click on the Appearance and Personalization link.
  • Under folder options click Show hidden files and folders.
  • Uncheck the radio button labeled Hide extensions for known file types.
  • Click Apply and then click OK and close My Computer.
  • Done.

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