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Chapter three. Managing Files > Working with File Types and Associations

Working with File Types and Associations

As you browse the files and folders on your system, you notice that some files have specific icons. These icons enable you know what type the file is. The file type determines more than just the icon, however. It also determines the application that is used to open the file.

Displaying or Hiding File Types

Windows XP can (and does) hide certain types of files—specifically sensitive system files. Because you don't want to accidentally delete or change a system file, hiding these files is probably a good idea.


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