Every file in Windows has a file extension. File extensions are one of the ways Windows decides what program to use to open a file. If Windows knows what program a file belongs to, it will hide the file extension. For some tasks in QuickBooks Dektop and other programs, you will need to change the default Windows setting so that you can see all file extensions.

Examples of file extensions:

  • My Microsoft Word document.doc
  • My Adobe Acrobat file.pdf
  • My QuickBooks company file.qbw

Detailed instructions

For Windows 10 and 8

  1. Press the Windows + E keys at the same time to open Windows Explorer.
  2. Select View > Options > Change folder and search options
  3. Select the View tab.
  4. Under the Advanced Settings list, uncheck box labeled Hide extensions for known file types.
  5. Click Apply > OK

For Windows Server 2008, Windows 7 and Vista

  1. Start Windows Explorer.
    Note: You can do this by opening any folder.
  2. Select Folder and search options.
  3. Click OK.

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