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11287: Set Your Computer to Display All File Name Extensions (CWU)


CWU Networks + Operating Systems

CWU: A state W2 e-file upload is being rejected by the state because of a missing file name extension.

File name extensions required by state specifications are programmed into CWU. If your computer is set not to display all file extensions, however, the .TXT and .CSV extensions are not available and a state file that requires an extension may be rejected.

To display all file name extensions, there is a global Windows folder option that you must adjust. Follow the instructions below for your Windows operating system.

Windows 10

  1. Go to Start menu and select File Explorer
  2. Select the View tab and click the Options button on the right. 
  3. When the Folder Options window opens, click on the View tab. 
  4. Clear the selection Hide extensions for known file types.
  5. Click Apply and then OK.  

Windows 8

 (Mouse instructions only)

  1. Move your cursor from the center of the screen to the upper-right corner to display the menu icons, and then move the cursor down and select Search. Enter Control Panel in the Apps search field. Select Control Panel from the Apps Results list, and Control Panel opens.
  2. In Control Panel, select to View by either Control Panel Home or Icons (large or small).
    1. If in Control Panel Home view, select Appearance and Personalization and open Folder Options.
    2. If in Icons view, open Folder Options.
  3. In Folder Options, select the View tab.
  4. Clear the selection Hide extensions for known file types.
  5. Click OK.

Windows 7

  1. Click Start and from the start menu select Control Panel.
  2. Select to View by either Control Panel Home or Icons (large or small).
    1. If in Control Panel Home view, select Appearance and Personalization and open Folder Options.
    2. If in Icons view, open Folder Options.
  3. In Folder Options, select the View tab.
  4. Clear the selection Hide extensions for known file types.
  5. Click OK.

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