How To: View Full Windows File Extension

How To: View Full Windows File Extensions

In the world of configuring your computer for mining, you will sooner or later run into the default behavior of Windows in hiding known file extensions. While this is normally harmless, it can pose problems and be quite frustrating for those just starting out mining. You will often first encounter this when trying to make batch (.bat) file within windows to launch customized miner settings.

Claymore_SHF_bat_1The typical way to make a quick batch file is to create a new empty text document and rename it to something.bat. The .bat extension tells windows it is a batch file that will contain executable commands. The problem is that Windows default behavior makes this file name something.bat.txt and it stays in the form of a non-executable text file. What makes it worse is that the .txt is hidden from view. Not what we want.

Each version of Windows is slightly different in how to go about access this setting, so I have broke it out into the most common ones below.

Windows 7

In Windows 7 go to Control Panel -> Folder Options, and click on the View tab, scroll down a bit until you see “Hide extensions for known file types”. Uncheck the box and click on “Apply”. You will now be able to see the full file name, including .txt. for text files. Optional, but you may also want to consider showing hidden files, folders, and drives (helpful for seeing your wallet files) while you are in here.

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An alternative way to get to the setting in Windows 7 is while within a folder, hold down the alt key until the classic menu appears. Click on tools and then select Folder options. This will take you to the same menu as before and you can continue to follow the instructions above.

 

 

 

 

Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10

In Windows 10, you can also access the menu from within a folder. First click on the View tab (1), then options will be visible (2), click on the drop down and finally click on the Change folder and search options button (3).

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This will bring up the Folder Options window shown below. Click on the View tab, scroll down a bit until you see “Hide extensions for known file types”. Uncheck the box and click on “Apply”. You will now be able to see the full file names, including .txt. for text files. Optional, but you may also want to consider showing hidden files, folders, and drives (helpful for seeing your wallet files) while you are in here.

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