Friday, December 30, 2011

How to Open Or View Files that have Unknown Extensions.

Extensions, or the characters that precede the last period in a file name,help us to determine the type of a file (is it an image, a video or document file) and thus we recognize the common software program that is required to open or view that file.
However,sometimes we come across files that either have unknown extensions or don’t have any extension at all. How do we then determine the associated application that is required to open a file when we don’t recognize the file type itself?

The solution is -
The first thing we are likely to do is “Google” for the file extension but there is an easier open as well. Go to Wolfram Alpha and just search for the file extension with the dot (or period). 


Wolfram won’t just reveal the technical details of that file extension – like the developer and MIME type but also generates a list of software programs that you may use to open that file on your computer.  

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