How to change the extension of a file in Windows


Surely you have ever seen the need to change the extension of a file . Maybe it was to camouflage it or simply to correct that of one that you knew was in good condition, but that you could not open with any program due to having an erroneous extension.

That’s why today we’re going to tell you how to change the extension to a file. We’ll start by explaining how to make your operating system correctly display the extensions, and then we ‘ll show you two methods so you can change them.

How to show file extensions

Before you can change anything it is important that you at least know what file extension you are using . Some versions of Windows may have preconfigured the option of not showing these extensions, so the first thing we are going to teach you to do is change that.

For starters, if you use Windows from Windows 8 you will have to open the File Explorer . At the top you will see a tab called Vista , and when you click on it, a panel of options will be displayed. Among them you will see one called File name extensions , make sure you have it enabled to be shown to you.

In the case that you have a previous version of Windows you have to go to the Control Panel , and in it enter the option Appearance and personalization. Inside, click on File Explorer Options , and make sure you do NOT havethe option Hide file extensions for known file types .

Change the extension to force

The first way to change the extension is to do it by force. This will serve to correct all those files that have a wrong extension or poorly written , although it can give you problems if you try, for example, to convert a jpg file into a png. However, as it is useful for the first thing we are going to tell you.

To do so you have to right click on the file and choose the option to change its name . You can also select it and then make a normal left click on the name to switch to the change mode. You will see that with the extension in view you can also change it in addition to the name. Fast and painless

Change extension with any program

The best way for extension changes to be made correctly is to use any type of program with which to manage the files you have. For example, any photographic application can help you convert your jpg file into a PNG or any other compatible type, and a video file can do the same.

All you have to do is open the file whose extension you want to test with a specific program to manage it. Then you have to save it, and you’ll see that almost always next to the Save option you’ll find another call Save as . Well, it is this second one that will always allow you to save the same file with another extension, being the best way to change it, resulting in a file that does not cause problems.

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