Changing File Names

  GuZ><0r 19:34 01 Jan 2006

When I try and change a file name I get the following mesage;

"If you change a file name extension, the file may become unusable"

But if I type what type opf file it is (e.g. jpg) I can change the name. But before I was able to change the name without having to say which type of file it was.

How can I get it do do this again, because it is getting annoying having to type in the file format everytime.


  phil 19:45 01 Jan 2006

I take it you're trying to do this within Windows XP and before you were able to do this in 98 or ME.

If so it's because XP will not allow you to change system files and file names without a warning. Basically it's there for your own good and to stop you crashing/corrupting your system.

Seems petty but it works. No doubt someone knows a workaround.

  GuZ><0r 19:56 01 Jan 2006

Sorry, I was talking about XP pro. I do seem to remember being able to change the file names tho, without having to type for example .jpg after it, and it did it automatically, as in the computer knew what format the file was, on XP.

  VoG II 20:02 01 Jan 2006

In Windows Explorer, Tools|Folder Options, View tab. Untick Hide extensions for known file types.

  GuZ><0r 20:05 01 Jan 2006

It is already unticked.

  GuZ><0r 20:15 01 Jan 2006

YAY, I ticked the box and now it is all back to normal. Thanks VoG™, for guiding me in the right direction

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