It appears that when you download a file from the
"Worldwide Soaring Turnpoint Exchange" - or any other server -
using Internet Explorer 5®,
by default IE5®
forces a filename extension of either .txt
depending on which mouse button you click.
[ The filename's 'extension' is the three characters that follow
in the filename; e.g.
the extension of "BOULDER.NDB" is "NDB". ]
has unfortunately caused considerable grief for a number of users
Windows can be configured (apparently it is the default) so that you do not
even see the .txt
when you look at the files with Windows Explorer.
This can be a problem, since the program that you are trying to import the
file into will most commonly be looking for files with its own specific
file name extension, e.g. BOULDER.NDB
, and it will not
; in fact you will see BOULDER.NDB
in Windows Explorer and most likely you will get very, very
. While Windows® messing with filename extensions
is primarily a problem for downloading, it can also create grief if somehow
things get mucked up so that Windows® applies the wrong program to
your file, e.g.
it thinks that BOULDER.NDB
should get sent
off to the Adobe Acrobat reader, instead of Notepad to display it.
It has been suggested that you might:
- Use Netscape,
- After downloading using IE5®, rename the file, using Windows Explorer,
to remove the offending IE5 appended filename extension, or
- In Windows "associate" the filename extensions that you commonly use
with the following recipe.
If you are going to download more than one file, or just on the principle
that this sort of thing "builds character", you might want to consider
investing a few minutes in going through the following recipe to implement
[ The commands given are for Windows '95. Where there are differences in
Windows '98, they are given in italics
- Select "Windows Explorer"
- Select "View", or for Windows XP, select "Tools"
- Select "Options"
- Select the "View" tab, if it does not start with this
- Make sure that the box "Hide the MS-DOS file
extensions for the file types that are registered"
["Hide file extensions for known file types"]
is NOT checked.
way if Windows does something like stick a ".TXT" on the end of your
filename, you will at least see it.
- Select the "File Types" tab.
- Select "New Type".
- Fill in the "Description of type", e.g. "SN10 Database"
- Fill in the "Content Type", which in this case would be "text/plain", or
choose it from the pull-down menu by selecting the down arrow on the right.
- Fill in the "Associated Extension", which in this case would be "ndb"
- Select "Always show extension".
[ I "think" that this does the
same thing as #5, but having gone to all this trouble, let's make
That is all there is to establish that you really do want the filename
extension to be respected. You can stop here if you are establishing an
"association" for a non-text format such as the Filser, Lowrance, or
What follows is useful to be able to view a text
file that you have downloaded, by just clicking on it in Windows Explorer.
- Select "New" under the "Actions" window
- Fill in "Action" with "open"
- Fill in "Application used to perform action" with
c:\windows\NOTEPAD.EXE, or use the "browse" to find where Notepad is on your
- Select "OK", to leave the Options menu.
- Exit "Windows Explorer".
If you have Windows 98 SE, apparently it looks at a file extension
to run the video portion of the
If this happens, it is reputed that if you can click on the Movie Projector
icon and hold down
the shift key and right click, a menu will open and select "open with",
then select the program you want to associate with the file - presumably
and check "always open with this program".
You may have problems with real
files later on,
but you just have to get your priorities straight!
Thanks to Tim Newport-Peace for pointing us in the right direction,
Dave Nadler for checking this over and for the graphics,
Sam Fly and
the many other guinea pigs who have brought this "feature" of Windows
to our attention and who have helped us all to co-exist with it.