|Jean LeLoup & Bob Ponterio
All of the things that you create in your computer will be stored as files. Texts, images, sounds, videos, presentations, etc. will have different file formats and will be opened by different computer programs. Sometimes Windows hides some information about the names of these files. This can be confusing when you wish to include them on a web page.
· A file name in Windows is made up of two parts a name and an extension. these two parts are separated by a period.
· By default, the extension is hidden in Windows. So a file named vacation.jpg might appear to be simply vacation .
· We rarely need to type out the entire file name because we often select a file by clicking on it with a cursor. However, if we do need to refer to the entire name for some reason, we have to be able to find it. For instance, you don't want to confuse the picture vacation.jpg with the text vacation.doc. You also don't want to think you are clicking on an image which is really a disguised virus!
When looking at My Documents, the Folder and Search Options can be found under the Organize menu. (It was under Tools/Folder options in Windows XP.)
The Folder Option that allows us to hide or see the file extension is Hide extensions for known file types. Unchecking this option and applying the change to all folders will make those file extensions visible. (This is similar in Windows 7 & XP.) Doing this can help you avoid making many mistakes.
When putting files in web pages, the entire file name, including the extension, is necessary.