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Old 05-20-2006, 02:50 AM
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How To Enable File Suffixes

How to:

Enabling File suffixes for newbies.

A note to those people who always seem to have no luck in spite of the above...

Windows is great at trying to hide, what are called file "suffixes" from you.

Suffixes are the three letter endings, which occur after a period, that designate the type of file to the operating system.

If you have a default Windows XP installation, you may still have the "training wheels" on.

That is Windows attempts to hide the file suffixes from you, in an attempt to get you not to screw around with them.

However this creates problems when importing G3 files as you may not realize that a file ALREADY contains a suffix.

Please turn on viewing file suffixes as follows.

Double click on "My Computer" either on the desktop (you HAVE installed Microsoft Powertoys, right?) or from the menu.

With "My Computer" up, click on

Tools/Folder Options/View

In the "Advanced Settings" box TURN OFF any check mark in front of "Hide Extensions for known file types" and click APPLY or OK.

Now Windows will quit trying to hide the suffixes from you.

Note that file suffixes are usually "reserved", that is you can just make them up.


.doc = Word Files
.wri = MS Write Files
.xls = Excel Spreadsheets
.G3X = Importable G3 Files