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I'm looking for a source on the Web or a book that explains what the different file extensions mean and what their purpose is, such as .wsl,.mdb and on and on...

Thank you very much.
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greybone...

I will post here shortly..
Regards
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greybone,
The important ones for you to know about would be the executable ones, i.e. EXE, COM, and BAT.  These files actually cause the computer to perform a set of instructions when they run.  There are many other file extensions, as you know.  Some are simply the abbreviations for data files, or a name chosen by the programmer to represent documents, pictures, or other information.
You can reject this if you want to let others give you a website which I can't help you with.
Regards,
Ralph
I noticed that I'm not quick enough with the trigger to get an answer in before someone else locks it up!  Oh well, here it is anyway
Cheers

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magigraf:
Thats a very impressive dictionary!
You got in here as I was typing, but yours is a much better source of information.
Regards to all,
Ralph


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Ralph...
Indeed, that's why when I block a question... I mean it. :-)
Some guys here, kills me with their BOGUS answer wasting everbody's time. (few of then are in Hardware topics)
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Magigraf,
True enough.  I simply enjoy helping other folks to avoid some of the headaches that I've seen with my computers.
The points really don't have any bearing with me since I can't ask questions with 'em.  (Wish I could, 'cause I keep mine run down reading PAQ's)
Sorry for taking up your space here greybone....
Have a good one,
Ralph

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greybone...
Is there a chance for an update??
Regards
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Bear in mind that any file extension is not exclusive. Anyone can write a program which defaults to a particular extension. How about the following additions:
.WPD - WinWorks word processing document from PFS
.HTM - HTML file
.GZ - GNU zipped file
.PNM - portable bitmap file
.PS2 - Adobe Level II PostScript file
.RAD - Radiance image file
.RGB - Raw red, blue, green bytes
.YUV - CCIR 601 1:1:1 image file
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