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gond13

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I previously could drag a .msg or .pdf file into a folder and name it. When i would name it i did not need to add the .msg or .pdf file. Does anyone know how to drag and name a file and have the extention automatically recognized?
 

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The easiest way is to check "hide extensions for known file types" in Tools > Folder Options > view
 

gond13

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That's the response i've been given alot but it doesn't change anything. Maybe i'm not describing my problem well enough. If i have an email from outlook and i drag it into a folder i can name it, for example, email from joe.msg or if i had an adobe document i could drop it in the folder and name it document.pdf. When i named it though i did not have to add the .msg or .pdf it would automatically recognize the document. Now if i drop and name something without adding the .msg i get an error message saying if you rename this file it will be corrupt.
 

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Windows couldn't have automatically assigned an extension because there's no way it could know what you wanted it to be. You must have had file extensions hidden before. Now you don't. So when you rename the file, the entire file name including the extension is being replaced. Just change the part of the name before the extension.
 

gond13

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I hear ya. That's what i'm doing now but i know for certain as do other co-workers that we were able to name a document, hit enter and windows would add the file extension. Obviously it's just an extra step that takes a second but the conveinence before was nice. I appreciate the response though.
 

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Can you rename any files (not just when moving them) without adding the extension?

T. :)
 

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Are you only talking about dragging from outlook then, and Not renaming files within Windows Explorer?
 

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you can rename any file to whatever extension you wish. Whether or not it will function as it should, however, is pretty much in doubt.
 

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Windows can't read a user's mind, so there simply no way it can add a file extension.
 

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Windows can't read a user's mind, so there simply no way it can add a file extension.
If it's a known file type and Folder Options are set to hide extensions, it should automatically add the correct extension for that file type.
That also applies to saving E-mail attachments using the "Save as". It should only be necessary to type the desired name and Windows will add the correct extension.

I'm curious if the OP is able to Rename any files without typing an extension.

T. :)
 
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