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Chapter 14. Saving, Printing, Emailing, ... > Filenames, Locations, and Formats

Filenames, Locations, and Formats

Each file has a name, and most files have file extensions. The file extension is usually three characters, and it identifies the type of file. For example, Word documents use the file extension .DOC. Word templates have the .DOT file extension.

File extensions not only help you identify the type of file but also help Word identify its own documents. When you select File, Open, for example, Word displays all the files with the .DOC extension in the selected folder. (It actually shows more than just DOC files, but let’s simplify the discussion a bit.)


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