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File Extensions

Is it just me or does Apple’s iWork apps play silly beggars with file extensions? Whenever you save a document in Pages, Keynote or Numbers, the ‘Save’ dialog box features a checkbox that allows you to ‘Hide extension’. Self explanatory and typical enough of Apple’s usual easy-to-use, easy-to-understand approach. However, this option seems to be an absolute law unto itself. I never check this box as it’s always been my preference to leave extensions switched on so that you can instantly see what type of file you are looking at. However, with the iWork apps file extensions seem to disappear even when you leave this option unchecked. It’s (seemingly) totally random too (believe me I’ve tried lots of tests) and I haven’t been able to find any information about it on Apple’s support forums.

Irritating at this is, it’s still preferable to Window’s nightmarish handling of file extensions with the display options squirreled away amongst a myriad of other ambiguous settings. Don’t believe me? Take a look at the comparison below!