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    Naming a file extension

    I haven't yet gotten good at NirSoft's FileTypesman, but...

    I don't see readily where I name an extension in the registry. For instance:

    If I got to .bmp in the registry, I don't see anywhere the "Bitmap Image" that shows up in the "New" items in the context menu.

    If I add my own extension, say CWB, I can tell it to add to the New list, but it will show up as "CWB file."

    Where do I gain access to the naming of extensions -- or name changing of extensions?

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    I believe that it is as follows in the Registry:

    Computer/HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT

    You will see lots of extensions listed there. Each one has a (Default) value. I'm guessing that you should set (Default) to the name you want it to be.

    I found some very interesting file extensions listed there:

    * .ComfyCakesSave-ms -- the name assigned to this extension is "MicrosoftComfyCakesSaveFile"
    * .ChessTitansSave-ms -- the name assigned to this extension is "MicrosoftChessTitansSaveFile"

    .doc is "Word.Document.8"
    .docx is "Word.Document.12"
    .dos is (value not set)
    Both .jpg and .jpeg are "jpegfile"

    My guess is that if you modify the (Default) value, you will have modified the name.

    Make sure you back up your Registry before making any changes.

    Let me know if I am right!
    Last edited by mrjimphelps; 2013-09-24 at 13:31.

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    Comfy Cakes is one of the games in the Purble Place suite that comes with Windows 7. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purble_Place

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    Jim, I'm not sure if you are right or not, since, as I started to track extensions in the registry I got completely lost.

    There seems to be no conventions for how or what is named. Of course there is always the chance -- and a good one at that -- that I am just in over my head.

    So I gave up...for now.

    Ah me...
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    Any time you're dealing with the registry, if you aren't sure, it's best to walk away from it.

    Of course, if you have a test machine that you don't mind if it gets hosed, then go for it!

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