File extensions in Windows 10 let you distinguish between different file formats. They tell you to which file type a file belongs. Usually, the file extensions in Windows 10 are hidden by default for simplicity. The regular Windows user can easily differentiate between files just by looking at their icons but for a naive Windows user, it becomes difficult. In this article, we will explain to you the methods through which you can show file extensions using Windows 10.

Methods of Making Windows 10 Show File Extensions

For showing file extensions in Windows 10, you can make use of any of the two methods listed below:

Method # 1: Use Windows File Explorer

For making Windows 10 show file extensions using File Explorer, you need to proceed as follows:

Type file explorer in the search section of your taskbar and click on the search result to launch a new file explorer window which is shown in the following image:

Open Windows File Explorer

Click on the View tab to expand it as shown in the image below:

Open the View Tab

Finally, click on the checkbox corresponding to the field of “File name extensions” to display the file extensions as shown in the following image:

Enable File name extensions

Method # 2: Use the Control Panel

To show file extensions in Windows 10 using the Control Panel, you need to perform the following steps:

Type control panel in the search section of your taskbar and click on the search result to launch a new control panel window. The newly opened control panel window is shown in the following image:

Windows Control Panel

Click on the Appearance and Personalization tab.

The Appearance and Personalization tab of the Control Panel

Now click on the File Explorer Options as highlighted in the image shown above. As soon as you will click on it, the following window will pop up:

File Explorer Options

Click on the View tab.

View tab

Now uncheck the checkbox corresponding to the field saying, “Hide extensions for known file types” as shown in the following image:

Uncheck Hide extensions for known file types

 

Finally, click on Apply and then click on OK to save the settings.

Conclusion

By following any of the two methods mentioned above, you can conveniently make Windows 10 to show file extensions. In this way, it will become very easy for you to distinguish different files. You can always hide these file extensions as per your requirements by reversing the methods listed above and make the file names look simple.

How to Make Windows 10 Show File Extensions
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