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Microsoft® Windows 7 Your Way: Speed Up and Customize Windows by Michael Miller

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7. Extending File and Folder Management

In the previous chapter we talked about how to configure Windows Explorer your way. Now it’s time to examine the files and folders that you manage with Windows Explorer—and how to personalize that file and folder management in Windows 7.

Viewing File Extensions

Here’s something I’ve not understood about the last few versions of Windows. Every file stored on your computer is of a given type, and that type is specified by the file’s extension—the three characters after the “dot” at the end of the filename. You know what type of file you’re dealing with by viewing the extension. But Windows does not, by default, display file extensions; when you view a file in Windows Explorer, all you see is the main file ...

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