Monday, November 12, 2007

Extend into the Extensions :

A file extension is nothing more than the last characters after the period in the name of a file.

You sure might have come across several unknown file types in your day to day life. Such file extensions, that you have never seen or heard of before. That you don't know, what application or program to open with. Extensions that you don't know serve what purpose.

FILExt is a large database of file extensions and the various programs that use them. All you have to do to know about a particular extension is just to type those pro-period letters into the search box and the database will return what the extension stands for, what it is used for, what utilities/applications use it, etc.

An easy alternate to searching for the extension would be to use the alphabetical listings. Select the list that represents the first letter of the extension. Select the number list if the extension starts with a number (0...9)and the symbol list if it starts with a non-alphanumeric character ($#&@!()-{}'`_~). Scroll down the list until you find the extension of interest. If there, a summary line of information will appear by each instance of the extension. The extensions themselves will be linked to the same page that would have appeared had you searched as described above. Click on the extension to bring up that page. And there you go!

Resourceful. Ain't it?

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