Windows — Change These Two Folder View Settings Now.
Problem (for some…) To Be Solved
By default, Microsoft Windows is set to:
- Hide selected system folders.
- Does NOT display file extensions for known file types.
Although these defaults are not a problem for most users, it is a problem when you go looking for folders and can’t find them — for instance, Excel’s addin folder.
You may prefer to see the file extension types as well — Excel’s .xlsx and .xlsm (macro-enabled files) for example.
Let’s Change the Defaults
Here is how you change those two settings:
- Open “Windows” menu, click the “Settings” icon.
- Search for and access “Control Panel”.
- Change View to “Large Icons” if needed
- Select “File Explorer Options” — we want to change two default settings
- Choose the “View” Tab
Activate the following two settings:
- “Show hidden files, folders, and drives”
- Un-click (deactivate) “Hide extensions for known file types”
- That’s it. Click “OK” and you’re set.
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