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Lengthen your file extension names

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Lengthen your file extension names

As you may know, when you create a filename for a document in Windows XP, you can use up to 255 characters. In addition, you can give your files longer extension names.

While three-character file extensions are a long-standing convention, you aren't bound to this restriction in XP. Longer extensions come in handy when you need to categorize your data files for organizational purposes.

If you decide to incorporate long file extension names, using four, five, or even six characters is ideal. A 20-character file extension, on the other hand, might be more trouble than it's worth.

When you rename a file extension, XP displays a warning message and prompts you to confirm the change. You'll also need to reassociate the file with the application that you used to create it.

Here's how:

1. Right-click the file and select Open With.

2. Choose an application from the Programs list or use the Browse button.

3. Select Always Use The Selected Program To Open This Kind Of File, and then click OK.

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