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Windows® 8.1 IN DEPTH by Paul McFedries, Brian Knittel

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6. Managing Files and Searching

Understanding File Types

To get the most out of this chapter, you need to understand some background about what a file type is and how Windows 8.1 determines and works with file types. The next couple of sections tell you everything you need to know to get you through the rest of the chapter.

File Types and File Extensions

One of the fictions that Microsoft has tried to foist on the computer-using public is that we live in a “document-centric” world. That is, that people care only about the documents they create and not about the applications they use to create those documents. This is actually not all that far from the truth if you only use the Windows 8.1 interface because Windows Store apps are designed to ...

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