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Regservo tools will help you fix / open your file extensions in 3 easy ways: first will check for Invalid file associations in your registry. second is file association fixing tool to reset your file associations to default setting. last thing is to open your file, regservo offers a free database of file extensions and their linked software’s to help you open your file.
 

Unhide File Extensions

October 10th, 2010 TechBob Posted in File Extensions Comments Off

A major complaint with the Windows operating system is that, by default, they hide file extensions. This is a major problem as there are many out there who wish to do harm to your computer by way of a virus. What these people are doing is sending messages by such ways as e-mail and disguising the file as a plain text file, while in reality sending a more malicious file. This activity may look like this:

Filename.txt[.exe] – In this example, a user would only see what looks to be a .txt file extension and may therefore open the file while unsuspectingly allowing a virus to run. This can all be avoided if you simply unhide the file extensions on your system.

Why Unhide File Extensions

While it may be more pleasing to the eye to view a file coming through without a file extension, it is also much more dangerous. File extensions can serve as a warning if you know what you are looking at. An unhidden file extension is like a warning sign on the road alerting you to possible danger ahead. If that sign is hidden, you may not be aware that you are driving into possible trouble.

How to Unhide File Extensions

If you are using the latest version of Windows, you can unhide all the file extensions as follows:

  • Click the My Computer tab
  • Click the View tab on the bottom of the screen
  • Click the Folder Options tab
  • Make sure ‘Hide file extensions for known file types’ is unchecked
  • Keep clicking OK until you are back to where you started

Once this is completed, you will now be able to see all the file extensions that are usually hidden.

Better Safe than Sorry

Along with unhiding file extensions, you will still want to be sure that you conduct a regular scan of all files that come your way. Even if they are coming from a source that you trust, there is a chance that they could be infected. If you have your anti-virus program set to scan files first, your chance of being infected is greatly reduced. This is certainly a case where it is far better to be safe than sorry.

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Change File Extension – Converting from One File Type to Another

October 10th, 2010 TechBob Posted in File Extensions Comments Off

When you change file extension manually you are not actually changing the format of a certain file, you are simply renaming the file. In other words, if you want to change a .doc file extension to be a .docx file extension, you must do so with the latest version of Microsoft Word.

Why Change the File Extension?

Many times it may be necessary to change file extension so that you can actually view what is being sent to you by someone else or so someone else can view what you are sending them. If you send someone a .docx file extension they will have to have the latest version of Microsoft Word or another capable word processing program installed on their system in order to view it. If they don’t, you can then change the file extension to .doc which will probably allow for their older version of Microsoft Word to now read and open the document.

Easy Way to Change File Extension

The easiest way to change a file extension is to do so in the program you created it in. In the above example, you can open up the .docx file and then use your ‘file/save as’ option. When you get a list of options to save the file to, you will then simply select .doc and  a version of the document will then be saved in that format. This will not override the previous version so you will have to manually delete that file extension if you no longer wish to keep it.

What if File Extension Change Doesn’t Fix the Problem?

If a file extension change doesn’t fix your problems, it may be a sign that your system’s registry is corrupt. If this is the case, simply renaming a file extension will do you no good; you will need to address the problem, or problems, with the registry first. In order to find out if your registry is corrupt, you can conduct a scan at a number of websites where you will not only be able to scan your system for free, but you will also be able to see how many errors need to be addressed and what the possible solutions for fixing the problems are.

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File Type Extensions – What to Know

October 10th, 2010 TechBob Posted in File Extensions Comments Off

Knowing what file type extensions there are will help you if you need to associate default applications for a file type. In other words, if you can’t open a file extension for some reason, you will need to know why and the first place to start with the file extension itself.

Errors and File Type

It helps to have a reference of the various file type extensions, as many times there will be a certain computer performance issue by file type errors. This makes troubleshooting easier if you are always receiving the same type of error message, as many times it is the same type of file that is the culprit. By eliminating the use of these error-causing file type extensions, you can save yourself a ton of headaches in the process.

What File Extensions Really Are

File extensions are the last letters that follow the dot, or period at the end of a file name. You probably know many of them by sight such as .doc, .docx, .wmv, .jpg, .mpg, and so on. However, there are now more file extensions that exist than at any other point in history. This is mainly due to the fact there are new applications and software programs that are constantly coming out which will create the need for new file extensions.

Why Care About File Types or Extensions?

Sometimes a certain file can indicate that there is harm intended with a certain file. If a computer hacker wishes to send you a virus, you must first open the virus and run it. If you receive a file with .exe at the end of it and you do not know who the file is exactly coming from, then you will not want to open the file. If you do you could be opening your system up to a whole host of problems.

Where to Find Information on Certain File Type Extensions

Currently, the best place to find information on specific file types and extensions is online. There are now several websites that have an easy to use search bar which allows you to type in the actual file extension and get all the information on what exactly it is. Once you see what the extension is all about and what programs may be associated with it, you may have a better idea of whether or not you want to actually open certain types of files.

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