renaming files in XP

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bobbee

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When I rename a file in XP, right click - rename
the extension doesn't change.

i.e. renaming test.text to be .dat becomes test.dat.txt

How can I quickly change the entire name and extension ?
I have been going to DOS to rename it.
 
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do you have on a right click the option to "open with"? If so...choose .dat association

If not... highlight & then hold down the shift key down & right click & choose "open with"
 

bobbee

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I just want to rename it, not necessarily a match to an 'open with option'. i.e. rename to test.d22 or test.dat or test.exe
 
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When you try to rename the file, is the file extension showing?
For example, if you are trying to rename the file test.txt is the filename displayed as "test" or "test.txt" ?

I think you should try this. Open up Windows Explorer and go the file which you would like to rename. On the Menu Bar go to Tools, Folder Options, then the View tab, and look for the option that says "Hide extensions for known file types" and uncheck that box. This will allow you to right click the file and rename it with a new extension.
 
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