How to Change File Extension

You've been trying for hours and hours but there's nothing you can do, that file just doesn't want to open with the program your most trusted friend recommended. Fed up with this, you have therefore decided to put the question aside and dedicate yourself to something else. However, if you find yourself here now, reading these lines, it is most likely because despite the choice you have made, you would like to know more and would like to understand how to resolve the issue. If this is really the way things are, know that change file extension can be of great help and that I can tell you how.

No, do not worry, I know that you are not very experienced in computer science and new technologies, which is why I would like to point out right away that you will not have to do anything particularly complicated. Changing the file extension is in fact a very simple operation and that can be carried out without complications even by those who, a bit like you, do not usually hang out in the meanders of Windows or OS X.

So if you are really interested in finding out what it is necessary to do in order to change the file extension, I suggest you take a few minutes of free time, sit comfortably in front of your computer and concentrate on reading the instructions I am about to give you. I bet you will eventually be able to solve your problem and will also be ready to loudly claim that changing file extension was actually a breeze.

Before explaining how to change file extension, however, it is good that you make a necessary distinction. You have to try to understand what you are really interested in doing: to correct the extension of a file that for one reason or another does not have the correct extension or transform one type of file into another. In the first case you just need to perform a few quick operations directly on your computer desktop while in the second case you will have to rely on third-party online programs and services. In any case, don't worry, I'm here ready ready and willing to explain everything to you.

Change File Extension on Windows

Correct File Extension

If you have a PC and you are interested in understanding how to change file extension by correcting it, the first step you need to take is to enable the display of extensions in file names. To do this proceed as follows.

If you are using Windows Vista or 7 open any folder and select the item Folder and search options from the menu Organize located at the top left after which click on the tab viewing, remove the check mark next to the item Hide extensions for known file types e cheap prima su Apply and then OK to save the settings. If you are using Windows 8, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10, open any folder and select the item View placed at the top and then presses the button Show / Hide and put a check mark on the box next to the item File extensions.

At this point I would say that we are, you can finally proceed by going to change file extension on Windows. To do this select with the right mouse button the element on which you intend to operate and then click on the item Rhinomine attached to the menu that opens.

Now delete everything after the final dot in the filename and type the correct document extension. For example, if you have a text document that is called document.xxx, remove xxx and write doc (i.e. the extension of the Word files) instead of xxx. If the file you need to rename has no extension, add a period followed by the extension you want to give it to the end of the name. You can perform these steps for each file and for each type of file.

After modifying the file extension, press the button Submit on your computer keyboard then click Si corresponding to the notice that is shown on the screen.

As an alternative to the procedure I have just indicated, you can change the file extension by going to correct it by clicking with the right mouse button on the element on which you intend to act, pressing on the item Property attached to the menu that is shown to you and modifying, as I have just indicated, the text field located at the top of the card General window that is shown to you. Then press on first OK and then Si per confermare I modify it apportate.

Transform File Extension

If, on the other hand, you are interested in finding out how to change file extension on Windows going to transform its type, you must resort to the use of special programs and online services that act as converters and that therefore allow you to convert the current file format into the desired one .

There are so many programs and online services used for the purpose in question, both free and paid. Depending on the type of file (documents, images, audio or video) on which you intend to go to act, you can resort to using one of the resources that I suggested in my guides on how to convert files, how to convert files to PDF for free , how to convert audio files and how to convert video files.

Change File Extension on OS X

Correct File Extension

You have a Mac and would like to understand how to change file extension by correcting the latter the first thing you need to do is to enable the display of extensions in file names. To do this proceed as follows.

Paigia on icon Finder annexed to Dock OS X, click the entry Finder attached in the upper left part of the menu bar and then select the item Preference ... from the menu that is shown to you. Now click on the tab Advanced and put a check mark on the box next to the item Show all filename extensions. To confirm the changes made, simply close the finder preferences window.

At this point I would say that here we are, you can finally proceed by going to change the file extension on OS X. To do this, select with the right mouse button the element on which you intend to operate and then click on the item Rhinomine attached to the menu that opens. Alternatively, just press the left mouse button on the file name and wait for it to be highlighted or you can click on the file name with the left mouse button and press the button Submit on the keyboard.

Now delete everything after the final dot in the filename and type the correct document extension. For example, if you have a text document that is called document.xxx, remove xxx and write pages (i.e. the extension of Pages files) instead of xxx. If the file you need to rename has no extension, add a period followed by the extension you want to give it to the end of the name. You can perform these steps for each file and for each type of file.

As an alternative to the procedure I have just indicated, you can change the file extension by going to correct it by clicking with the right mouse button on the element on which you intend to act, pressing on the item Get information attached to the menu that is shown to you and modifying, as I have just indicated, the text field placed under the heading Name and extension: of the window that is shown to you. Then simply close the window to confirm the changes made.

Transform File Extension

If, on the other hand, you are interested in finding out how to change file extension on OS X going to transform the type, you must resort to the use of special programs and online services that act as converters and that therefore allow you to convert the current file format into that desired.

There are so many programs and online services used for the purpose in question, both free and paid. Depending on the type of file (documents, images, audio or video) on which it is your intention to go to act, you can resort to the use of one of the resources that I suggested in the guides that I indicated in the previous lines, when I explained to you how to change file extension on windows.