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Can LibreOffice be configured to show filename extensions

asked 2015-02-11 17:07:31 +0100

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updated 2020-11-27 15:57:15 +0100

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The LibreOffice 4.4 opening screen lists files and icons. The filenames do not include or show the filename extension making it a challenge to recognize the specific filetype. Is there a way to configure LibreOffice to always show file extensions or to at least follow the Windows settings in this regard?

If I hover the cursor over the icon the full path and filename with extension is shown but this is tedious when all I want to do is find the file I need to work on.

Also this screen seems to only show large icons. Is is possible to configure this screen to show file details?

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Are you seeing the extensions in other applications?

Which OS are you using?

ROSt52 gravatar imageROSt52 ( 2015-02-12 01:52:01 +0100 )edit

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answered 2019-08-08 23:08:01 +0100

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updated 2019-08-08 23:13:26 +0100


The same is true in LO 6.x

File extensions

If a setting to change this behavior exists then I have failed to find it. I see no issue. There is little point in displaying filename extensions when working with documents. The only case I can think of is if you want to distinguish between, say, MS Office and LO documents. Perhaps during transitioning from one office suite to another. Such a scenario is better dealt with in the OS file manager.

My verdict is that the requested functionality serves little practical purpose, if any at all.

If I am wrong then please motivate why I am so.

I work with documents produced by different programs, regularly. I have never required the requested feature.

Thumbnail sizes

I see no way to change the size of the document thumbnails. There appears to be no way of changing this.


Perhaps you should file a feature request on the bug tracker?

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I'm using 6.3 and my file extension for calc files, .ods shows in the title bar. I am using LinuxMint 19. I know windows and Mac hide the extension from users at times. You don't say what system you are using. I import excel and .csv files weekly so the extension does matter. But I don't remember ever setting extensions to show.

benchrest gravatar imagebenchrest ( 2019-08-09 00:43:50 +0100 )edit

I set the default in my Operating System to always display file extensions. This avoids making mistakes in the use of documents as I frequently save them in several different formats, depending on their use and the audience to whom I might send them. I highly recommend displaying file extensions.

ve3oat gravatar imageve3oat ( 2019-08-09 01:50:43 +0100 )edit
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