This can be very frustrating. There are a few reasons why this could occur. For one, your Windows operating system might not recognize the file type. Usually Windows will tell you that in order to open the file it needs to know which program created it. It will generally offer you the option of using a web service to try to find the appropriate software or selecting a program from a list.
Both of these are not that helpful, and waste your time. For example, even if you find out via the web service the correct program, you probably won't have the software installed. FileCure takes the guess work out of dealing with files. It will analyze the file, see if you have the correct software and direct you to where you can download the appropriate program, if needed.
File extensions are simply the suffixes that appear after a period in a filename. They help Windows identify which software the file is associated with. This is called a "file association."
Let's use schoolproject.doc as an example. Schoolproject is what is known as the "root name" and .doc is the file extension. The file extension .doc lets Windows know that it is a word processing document and most likely was created by Microsoft Word.
In the early days of file extensions, they were used as a way to identify the file's generic type. A good example is the file extension .txt, which indicates a plain text document, or .gfx, which let your PC know it was dealing with a graphics file. As time went on, extensions became more and more complex, and became associated with specific software or even versions of programs.
FileCure makes it easy to figure out what to open files with. After studying the file type, if you don't have the necessary software, it will guide you to appropriate programs.
At times, and for various reasons, certain file types become wrongly associated with specific programs. This can be problematic as every time you click on that file type the wrong program will launch!
You can manage your file associations by going through your Windows Start menu. However, this can involve several steps and take some time. The easiest way to make changes is through FileCure's handy "Manage" feature. It couldn't be easier to make adjustments whenever they are needed.
With Windows, the file extension is hidden by default. This makes it difficult to figure out which software to use. This can easily be fixed by:
There are many, many different file extensions. However, some will pop up more often than others. Below is a list of 10 of the most common file extensions.
While file extensions are designed to help your PC, they can also cause difficulties. Some that you might encounter include:
FileCure can help you fix all of these problems and open your files: Try a scan now!
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I used to be able to open a file, and now I can't!
Downloads, new programs, and other activities can quickly mess up your file extensions. Try using FileCure to lock in your preferred file associations.
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