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August 25, 2005 10:22:02 PM

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After downloading a movie clip or photo from the web, it won't let me rename
it. It states it cannot rename the file extension. This is recent and I have
never had this trouble before. Any help appreciated. Thank you.

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Anonymous
August 25, 2005 10:29:09 PM

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What's the exact error message?

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Gary S. Terhune
MS-MVP Shell/User

"Tom" <Tom@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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> After downloading a movie clip or photo from the web, it won't let me
> rename
> it. It states it cannot rename the file extension. This is recent and I
> have
> never had this trouble before. Any help appreciated. Thank you.
August 26, 2005 12:41:33 AM

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It states....."If you change a filename extension, the file may become
unusable. Are you sure you want to change it ?" Then yes or no.

"Gary S. Terhune" wrote:

> What's the exact error message?
>
> --
> Gary S. Terhune
> MS-MVP Shell/User
>
> "Tom" <Tom@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:D B6CE016-EB0B-46EF-8BFF-408106D29787@microsoft.com...
> > After downloading a movie clip or photo from the web, it won't let me
> > rename
> > it. It states it cannot rename the file extension. This is recent and I
> > have
> > never had this trouble before. Any help appreciated. Thank you.
>
>
>
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Anonymous
August 26, 2005 1:01:13 AM

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"Tom" <Tom@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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> It states....."If you change a filename extension, the file may become
> unusable. Are you sure you want to change it ?" Then yes or no.
>

That's a standard warning message in that situation.

Just say yes.
Anonymous
August 26, 2005 1:27:32 AM

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That isn't a situation of "can't" rename. All you have to do is say Yes.
That prompt is intended to keep people from inadvertently changing the
extension when renaming a file. In your case, changing the extension is
exactly what you want to do.

--
Gary S. Terhune
MS-MVP Shell/User

"Tom" <Tom@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:B843A30A-EB51-40A5-8309-CA41BB6DBE19@microsoft.com...
> It states....."If you change a filename extension, the file may become
> unusable. Are you sure you want to change it ?" Then yes or no.
>
> "Gary S. Terhune" wrote:
>
>> What's the exact error message?
>>
>> --
>> Gary S. Terhune
>> MS-MVP Shell/User
>>
>> "Tom" <Tom@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> news:D B6CE016-EB0B-46EF-8BFF-408106D29787@microsoft.com...
>> > After downloading a movie clip or photo from the web, it won't let me
>> > rename
>> > it. It states it cannot rename the file extension. This is recent and I
>> > have
>> > never had this trouble before. Any help appreciated. Thank you.
>>
>>
>>
Anonymous
August 26, 2005 5:08:22 AM

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the extension is "File Type" the main way windows determines how to open the
file,
which program to use, and what methods to use within the program.

AVI files are not just MPG files renamed,
JPG do not become BMP just by renaming the extension.
a DOC file does not magically become an EXE program by changing the
extension.

You can click yes and change it, but remember what you did so that you can
undo it if the particular file fails to open
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"Tom" <Tom@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:B843A30A-EB51-40A5-8309-CA41BB6DBE19@microsoft.com...
> It states....."If you change a filename extension, the file may become
> unusable. Are you sure you want to change it ?" Then yes or no.
>
> "Gary S. Terhune" wrote:
>
> > What's the exact error message?
> >
> > --
> > Gary S. Terhune
> > MS-MVP Shell/User
> >
> > "Tom" <Tom@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> > news:D B6CE016-EB0B-46EF-8BFF-408106D29787@microsoft.com...
> > > After downloading a movie clip or photo from the web, it won't let me
> > > rename
> > > it. It states it cannot rename the file extension. This is recent and
I
> > > have
> > > never had this trouble before. Any help appreciated. Thank you.
> >
> >
> >
Anonymous
August 26, 2005 1:01:00 PM

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I'm thinking I have an insight here. Is it possible that you recently
changed a setting in Folder Options, View tab, disabling the one that says,
"Hide extensions for known filetypes"? When that option is enabled,
extensions aren't shown, so when you rename, all you have to do is type in
the new file name without regard to the extension, which because it's
hidden, isn't changed.

If you now see all extensions--the way it should be, by the way--when you
stutter-click (two clicks but not too close together), or
right-click->Rename a file, you have to be careful to leave the existing
extension intact. To only replace the characters before the DOT.

Again, you *shouldn't* hide extensions. Doing so may allow malicious
software to hide itself more effectively. Hiding extensions is how Windows
is originally set up (its default setting) but we always recommend disabling
that setting. But now that you can see the extensions, you can also change
them more easily and inadvertently, especially when renaming the files

--
Gary S. Terhune
MS-MVP Shell/User

"Tom" <Tom@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:B843A30A-EB51-40A5-8309-CA41BB6DBE19@microsoft.com...
> It states....."If you change a filename extension, the file may become
> unusable. Are you sure you want to change it ?" Then yes or no.
>
> "Gary S. Terhune" wrote:
>
>> What's the exact error message?
>>
>> --
>> Gary S. Terhune
>> MS-MVP Shell/User
>>
>> "Tom" <Tom@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> news:D B6CE016-EB0B-46EF-8BFF-408106D29787@microsoft.com...
>> > After downloading a movie clip or photo from the web, it won't let me
>> > rename
>> > it. It states it cannot rename the file extension. This is recent and I
>> > have
>> > never had this trouble before. Any help appreciated. Thank you.
>>
>>
>>
Anonymous
August 26, 2005 11:18:38 PM

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Do not change the filename extension unless you are sure that you know
exactly what you are doing. The warning is genuine. Why do you want to
rename these files?

Changing the extension won't make the file unusable, because you can always
change it back, provided you remember what it was before you changed it in
the first place.
--
Jeff Richards
MS MVP (Windows - Shell/User)
"Tom" <Tom@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:B843A30A-EB51-40A5-8309-CA41BB6DBE19@microsoft.com...
> It states....."If you change a filename extension, the file may become
> unusable. Are you sure you want to change it ?" Then yes or no.
>
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