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renaming behaviour in the Finder
Authored by: a1291762 on Nov 12, '03 07:43:31AM

This advise assumes you aren't forcing file extensions to be visible (in which case all renames should do exactly what you'd expect).

In order to be better than Windows (where renaming a file with a hidden extension leads to such abominations as FOO.TXT.vbs or BAR.TXT.TXT), the Finder attempts to be intelligent about what to show when you rename your files. If you change/add an extension that the system knows about (because some app you have can handle it) it will prompt you to change the extension. If you use an extension that the system does not know about, it will "add" it but it will then add a hidden extension so that the file does not become unassociated with the app that can open it.

Of course, you can't just remove an extension from the Finder since it assumes you want to hide it. Instead you need to use the Get Info window to set the name manually. Ranaming the file from the Get Info window works the same as having Force Extensions Visible on.

It's not a perfect system, but it's better than windows where it's assumed you will never modify the extension from the explorer. Of course people who weren't raised on Classic MacOS will just have Show Extensions on and be done with it.

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