How To Change File Type In Windows 10 The Easy Way

Windows 10 allows you to change one particular file type to another. For example, a text file with the extension .txt which is normally opened by Notepad can be changed with an extension .html so that it can be opened by the browser. It’s quite easy to change the file type however you should take note that this might render the file unusable. Listed below are the steps on how to change file type in Windows 10.

How To Change File Type In Windows 10

The first thing you will need to do is to make sure that windows 10 is set to show the file format extension.

  • Press Windows + E, click View from the top-most ribbon. Now click Options and select the option Change folder and search options.
  • Uncheck the option Hide extensions for known file types. Now all the files will have their file extensions displayed alongside their names.

Once this is done you can proceed with changing the file type.

  • Go to the file for which you want to change the file format. Right-click on it and select Rename.
  • Change the file’s extension to the extension of the type which you want to change into.

You can also change the default app that is used to open the particular file.

  • Right-click on a file of the type you wish to change the association for.
  • Select Open with from the resulting menu.
  • Windows will offer you an app or a list of apps that can act as the default for that file type. If you see the one you want, select it and make sure that the box labeled Always use this app to open [file type] files is ticked. If you don’t see your preferred app you can search for one using the Look for an app in the Store button or click More apps for an expanded list of already installed applications.
  • When you’ve found the app you want and it has been selected, simply click the gray OK button.
  • Any files of that type will be opened with your chosen application.

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