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Windows 7: File Extensions - Hide or Show

01 Nov 2013   #10
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Thank you for the addition Tom.


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03 Nov 2013   #11
TomHartwald

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Addition:

A little disadvantage of show the ".url" extension shouldn't be witheld :
Internet Explorer now shows the extension in his Favorites Bar and
in the drop-down Favorites list, and that didn't look good.
(That was the problem in the Microsoft Community post)

I tried to fix it with deleting
"AlwaysShowExt" in "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\IE.AssocFile.URL",
and disabling "Always show this file extension" with "FileTypesMan",
what means, that the visibility of ".url" now strictly follows the system setting
made by "Folder Options > View".

And Internet Explorer makes exactly that, still showing ".url" ...
Note: This behaviour is not affected by setting IE as default browser or not.

Other browsers like Firefox or my Avant Browser are able to ignore
the system settings and hide the ".url" extension, even if "AlwaysShowExt" is set,
what in this case is a wanted behaviour.


Regards,
Tom
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03 Nov 2013   #12
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Tom,

The [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\IE.AssocFile.URL] key is used exclusively by Internet Explorer, so setting it there instead, would only affect Internet Explorer.
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04 Nov 2013   #13
TomHartwald

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi Brink,
thanks for that info.
It's always good to know, for what a Registry entry is used.

So "NeverShowExt" was set by IE to get rid of ".url" in his Favorites Bar,
and someone other (I presume "FileTypesMan") added "AlwaysShowExt",
whicht caused the problem.

IMHO, hiding ".url" inside the browser like Firefox or my Avant Browser
do is a better way to get a nice view.

Regards,
Tom
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07 Apr 2014   #14
beardrinksbeer

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Cooee

when I go to the registry to change the value, I get an error editing value - Cannot edit HideFileExt: Error writing the value's new contents.

I had trouble with my file extensions not hiding last year but it was fixed with this thread, now I am stumped

any help would be appreciated

cheers
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07 Apr 2014   #15
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello beardrinksbeer,

Are you able to use one of the other options to set this with?
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07 Apr 2014   #16
beardrinksbeer

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

no Brink

I still get the same error using the .reg file or going into the registry & doing it manually. going into folder options I can tick the option to hide file extensions, but when I click OK, it does not hide them; when I go back into folder options, it is unticked

it is a head scratcher this one

I don't mind not hiding file options, but it would be nice to have the option

thank you for your help

cheers
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07 Apr 2014   #17
beardrinksbeer

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

update

I rebooted the comp & used the .reg file; it said it was added to the registry, but it was still showing file extensions. so I went into folder options & it worked when I ticked hide file extensions

so all fixed now

imagine that, a weird comp problem fixed comps never have weird problems ever? do they

thank you for your help Brink

cheers
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07 Apr 2014   #18
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

In that case, see if using step 3 in OPTION THREE of the tutorial below to take ownership of the Advanced registry key below, and set permissions to allow your account "Full Control" of it.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

Take Ownership of file

EDIT:
Great news.
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07 Apr 2014   #19
beardrinksbeer

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

thank you for your help Brink

I have bookmarked the "Take Ownership of file" link, as it will come in handy for other things

now the scroll wheel on my G400 mouse is not working; another mouse works fine. so it is time to dismantle the mouse & have a look. if I can't fix it, I shall give it to George my cat to play with

have a grouse evening Brink

cheers
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