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Show and change file extensions in Windows 10


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Do you’ve got difficulty change file extensions on Windows computers? In an earlier article, we discussed the best way to convert Samsung voice recording documents from 3GA into MP3 format, a few readers wrote to us saying”how can you rename a file (the expansion ) because I can not see file extensions, I am only able to rename the’normal’ name” It’s true with the majority of Android mobiles, you can only rename the document on mobile but can not edit document extensions unless you have installed on the file explorer, find out how to change file extensions on Samsung and Android mobiles. Nowadays, we will be using Windows 10 in the demonstration to explain how to display file extensions and change the file extension in Windows 10. File extensions of known file types are hidden on Windows 10 PC by default. Just those file types that are not associated with some software installed in your computer display file extensions following names. This seems to be simpler to use for ordinary users. However, this could be confusing as well. Most Windows 10 users are confused as file extensions can be found in certain documents, not another. In this guide, we will show you quick methods to turn off the”Hide extensions for known file types” feature of File Explorer in Windows 10 so you will not see some files that have extensions along with other files do not and this lets you change file extensions in Windows 10.


How to show file extensions and change file extensions in Windows 10?

To show file extensions in Windows 10, you may even click the Options button as shown at the top right corner, then disable the”Hide extensions for known file types” in Windows-10 out of File Explorer Options as shown below.
You can now go to improve a file name expansion within Windows File Explorer. Simply double click a file name then edit file extensions as you want on Windows 10-pc. Alternatively, you can click the file you need to edit, and then choose Rename from the context menu on right-click on begin changing the file extension to get the selected file in Windows 10.
As a way to edit document extensions in Windows 10, then you need to change the File Explorer settings to show file extensions first. Open File Explorer from Windows 10 or some other folder on your computer hard drive, then switches to the View tab in the upper menu to look at the ribbon menu. Click to check the box before the File name extensions option to allow file expansion display in Windows-10. Now you can see those hidden file extensions into Windows explorer, for example those frequent document types and file extensions like .exe, .doc, .docx, .xlsx, .jpg, .png, .mp3, mp4, .wmv, etc.


Batch change file extensions in Windows 10

Have you ever wanted to change a group of files file extensions in Windows 10? For example, you want to change 100 audio files with .amr extension to .mp3. You do not have to change file extensions one by one. You can make use of the Windows Command Prompt to batch change file extensions on Windows 10 PC.

Firstly create a new folder on your computer. For example, we can create a folder named ‘test’ on hard drive D. Put all those .amr files to this new folder. Then open the Command Prompt in Windows 10. You can right-click on the Windows logo at the bottom-left corner of the screen, then choose Command Prompt to open Command Prompt in Windows 10 or simply type CMD in the search box at the bottom-left corner to find and open Command Prompt in Windows 10.


Secondly, we need to change the path to the created folder in Command Prompt. By default, it opens the user folder. Type “d:” without the quotes and press Enter to change to another disk. Type “cd test” and hit Enter to change the current working directory to the “test” folder where all the files you want to change file extensions are saved.

Finally, type “ren *.* *.xxx” and hit Enter to change all files’ extension to .xxx. For example, if you want to change them to mp3 files, use the command “ren *.* *.mp3”.

Windows 10 has been released for some time. We have found many new features in this latest Windows OS such as the Edge browser, new Start menu, etc. We also noticed some features have been removed, such as the DVD playback support, now you need to manually download a free DVD Player for Windows 10.

Update May 2018: this article was originally published in Sep 2015 and has since been updated. in this update, we added the new method to batch change file extensions for multiple files in Windows 10.


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