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Missing file extension

  1. Aug 11, 2006 #1
    I have this file that has no extension (not just bcs it's hidden), so I don't know what to use to open it. Do you guys have any ideas on how to figure out what the file is?
     
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  3. Aug 11, 2006 #2

    Evo

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    Where are you finding the file and what is the name?
     
  4. Aug 11, 2006 #3
    Right Click -> Properties

    :)
     
  5. Aug 11, 2006 #4

    robphy

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    Get an editor that can view any file in a hex/binary format.
    http://www.google.com/search?q=hex+editor

    You might get a clue from looking at the start of the file.
    If it's not obvious at a glance, you might have to google to learn about the various file formats.
    http://www.google.com/search?q=file+format

    You could also try trial-and-error... make a copy and change the extension of the copy, then try to have the default application open it. Of course, there is some danger here if your file is infected with a virus or something.

    (If you have files that are somehow similar in basename or date, you may be able to guess what it is.)
     
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