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    .doc (Word 2000)

    Something odd has happened to all of my word documents in my "My Document" folder. All of the word documents has a .doc after the title of the document. can someone tell me where this came from? Did I do something to cause this. What does it mean? I have win98se.
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    Re: .doc (Word 2000)

    This is probably a matter of display settings.

    Most applications place an extension of three characters after the file name. This extension is used by Windows to determine which application must be used if you double click a file in Windows Explorer. Here are a few:

    <table border=1><td>Application</td><td>Extension</td><td>Word</td><td>.doc</td><td>Excel</td><td>.xls</td><td>PowerPoint</td><td>.ppt</td><td>Access</td><td>.mdb</td><td>Notepad</td><td>.txt</td></table>
    By default, Windows Explorer hides the extensions for known file types. So even if a Word document is actually called MyLetter.doc, you would only see MyLetter. To change this, select Tools | Folder Options... in Windows Explorer, and activate the View tab. The check box labelled "Hide extensions for known file types" is ticked by default. If you clear this check box, extensions such as .doc will be displayed.

    I suppose that the "Hide extensions for known file types" has been changed on your system, perhaps accidentally.

    Note: it is generally recommended to display file extensions, because they give you a better idea of what kind of files you're dealing with. Several e-mail viruses that caused a lot of damage a few yeard ago exploited the fact that known extensions are hidden by default.

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    Re: .doc (Word 2000)

    Thank you HansV. Your help allowed me to put things back to normal.
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    Re: .doc (Word 2000)

    Only is Windows is it considered normal to hide an easy to understand three letter extension, and force you to rely on a tiny picture to know what will happen when you double-click a file. <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

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    Re: .doc (Word 2000)

    I have a Word icon next to word documents, excel icon next to excel documents, etc so I have no trouble identifying what I have in that folder. Somehow, somewhere I unchecked the box next to "Hide extensions for unknown file types". Or the cat did it!
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    Re: .doc (Word 2000)

    But if you get a file named "xxx.doc.exe" and the exe is suppressed because of your settings the exe file will be executed.

    You need to leave ALL extensions turned on for the safety of your machine.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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