Windows 10: Can I get F2 to include the extension?

  1.    21 Jul 2016 #1

    Can I get F2 to include the extension?


    If I use F2 on a selected file, the extension is not included. Is this new to Win 10? (I've come straight from 15 year with XP.)

    Is there a setting or a reliable registry hack I can apply to get back to what I consider 'normal' operation please?

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    Terry, East Grinstead, UK
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  2.    21 Jul 2016 #2

    Extensions are hidden by default.

    Open File Explorer
    Click on the view menu
    Tick file name extensions.
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  3.    21 Jul 2016 #3

    Perhaps you misunderstood?

    Showing extensions is the first thing I did on installing Win 10. So extensions obviously appear in the filenames.

    Did you try it? IOW, assuming you show extensions, what happens when you press F2?

    Terry, East Grinstead, UK
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       21 Jul 2016 #4

    Terrypin said: View Post
    Perhaps you misunderstood?

    Showing extensions is the first thing I did on installing Win 10. So extensions obviously appear in the filenames.

    Did you try it? IOW, assuming you show extensions, what happens when you press F2?

    Terry, East Grinstead, UK
    It's probably a precaution, just simply highlight the whole thing or reset your cursor behind the extension, if you must.
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  5.    21 Jul 2016 #5

    Thanks.

    My motives are not typical. My most frequent use of F2 is within macro scripts (created with Macro Express Pro) which capture a full filename (and path) for later use.

    I'm already having to edit hundreds of macros to work in Win 10, and this just adds one more reason . A trivial change admittedly, but it has to be applied to each individual macro that includes any script line referring to F2 commands.

    I did try installing a hex editing program to see if I could find a way to make this sort of change globally. I have a sort of 'composite' file containing *all* macros, in proprietary format. But the only changes I've ever been able to make to it are those which retain exactly the same size. I expect a programmer could do it, but I'm not one. So the best I can envisage is yet another macro. It would have to step through all my thousand or so macros and edit those which contain any commands referencing the F2 key.



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  6.    21 Jul 2016 #6

    Edwin said: View Post
    It's probably a precaution, just simply highlight the whole thing or reset your cursor behind the extension, if you must.
    Yeah - it is so you can easily rename a file, but not so easily change the extension as extensions are usually tied to an app e.g. a .txt file is tied to notepad by default.
    Last edited by cereberus; 21 Jul 2016 at 17:46.
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  7.    21 Jul 2016 #7

    I am not aware of any way of changing this behavior of Windows Explorer. It is not new in Windows 10 but has been that way since at least Windows 7. Most alternate file managers work this way as well. This is a feature that allows easily renaming a file without effecting it's extension.
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       21 Jul 2016 #8

    F2 is not active within my Win10 Desktop after Windows has loaded, however F2 or Fn + F2 [or other Fx key] does have different functions on my Notebooks but it depends on the brand and the model. Some Brand-name Desktops use F2 to enter the BIOS, mine are Custom and use the Del key.
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  9.    21 Jul 2016 #9

    Terrypin said: View Post
    Is there a setting or a reliable registry hack I can apply to get back to what I consider 'normal' operation please?
    Apparently, not. But some workarounds are covered in this answer

    Select full file name when renaming on Windows - Super User
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  10.    22 Jul 2016 #10

    AndreyT said: View Post
    Apparently, not. But some workarounds are covered in this answer

    Select full file name when renaming on Windows - Super User
    Thanks, interesting thread with links to some useful tools.
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