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    Is it a document or a spreadsheet?

    A fellow member of a committee I just joined has sent me an email with an attachment that has two extensions, like this:

    FileName.docx.xlsx

    Huh? The file opens in Excel, and it sure looks like a spreadsheet. What did this guy do to create this hybrid?

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    It is most likely an Excel spreadsheet which just happens to have been named that way. Filenames are very arbitrary and you can name files in any way you like - in this case the docx is just part of the name and can be ignored completely.

    Many Windows users have the setting to hide file extensions turned off so it is possible that the person who sent it to you didn't know there was an xlsx extension on the file.
    Andrew Lockton, Chrysalis Design, Melbourne Australia

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    Thanks, Andrew! From what I've seen so far, the folks on this committee have very limited skills with MS-Office. Nothing surprises ... .

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    And do note that it's the characters after the last . period in a file name that is the extension, what determines which program to use. Those characters can be 1 to 4 in number [haven't seen more than 4 used], again depending upon what the creating program uses.

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