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Chapter 3. Office File Management for Ex... > Secrets of the Office Masters: Detai...

Secrets of the Office Masters: Details, Details

In common dialog boxes, trying to use information in the Type column is an exercise in frustration, thanks to Microsoft's marketing machine. After a default installation of Office 2000, Premium Edition, you'll have 75 registered file types, each starting with the word Microsoft—Microsoft Word Document, Microsoft Excel Worksheet, even Microsoft HTML Document 4.0. The effect is to make it impossible to distinguish the types of documents in a detailed list unless you expand the Type column to a ridiculous width.

Making all file extensions visible is a crude solution to this problem. It clutters up Explorer windows and the desktop with all those useless extensions, and Explorer windows don't allow you to sort by this information anyway.


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