One of the things that I always do on a fresh Windows installation is have it show the extensions on all of my files. I’m not sure how many of you do this, but it seems like I’m changing around extensions quite frequently so it makes a lot of sense for me.
I applauded Vista last year because when you go to rename a file it doesn’t highlight the extension (pictured above). This feature alone has saved me a lot of time and hassle, and I thank whoever decided to do this over at Microsoft. Hope is not lost for those of you running Windows XP.
Lifehacker whipped up a quick AutoHotkey script that will automatically deselect the extension each time you go to rename a file using the F2 key. If you’re not the type of person who uses the F2 key to rename the files then maybe you should look to the free Pitaschio application (no installation needed). It has an “allow extended rename” option that works great on XP, and does essentially the same thing as Lifehacker’s script. Best of all it works with other renaming methods besides the F2 key.
I’m curious as to how many of you actually show the extensions on the files. Let us know in the comments whether you find it necessary to see the extension assigned to every file.