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Q: How do I show file extensions in Windows 10?

A: In Windows 10, file extensions for known file types are hidden by default. Fortunately, it's easy to show file extensions, using a checkbox in the File Explorer ribbon.

Step 1

Simply open File Explorer by double-clicking the program icon in the Task Bar. You can also double-click any folder.

Windows 10 Task Bar File Explorer Icon

Step 2

Select the View tab as shown below.

Windows 10 File Explorer View Tab

Step 3

Click the "File name extensions" check box to show file extensions. You can uncheck the box to hide file extensions.

Windows 10 File Name Extensions Checkbox

That's it! Checking the "File name extensions" box will display file extensions for all files. In the image above, you can see the extensions are displayed for each file in the open window.

NOTE: This option applies globally to all folders, so you don't have to manually check or uncheck it again for every folder you open.


Alternative Method

Showing and hiding file extensions in Windows 10 involves the same process as Windows 8. Earlier versions of Windows, such as Windows Vista and Windows 7, required a different process that involves modifying the "View Options" in File Explorer.

You can still use this method in Windows 10, though there are minor differences from previous Windows versions.

Step 1

Open the File Explorer Options control panel and select the View tab.

Windows 10 File Explorer View Options

Step 2

Select or deselect the "Hide extensions for known file types" checkbox.

Windows 10 Hide Extensions for Known File Types Checkbox

This will have the same effect as the first method listed above.

Updated: March 29, 2017