Why can't I change the file name in my pictur

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/serv...
June 17, 2010 at 13:00:03
Specs: Windows XP
I want to change the name under some of my photos in My Pictures and it says if I do I may lose them and I tried it and I did!
How do I change the name of the File and give each photo a title without messing up my photos?

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June 17, 2010 at 13:35:50
How are you attempting to do it?

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June 17, 2010 at 13:53:53
Right click on the image file and select Rename.
In the box type the new name but make sure to include the image file type's extension such as:
mypic.jpg and make sure you name it anothername.jpg

If your PC is set to not show the extension then from the Explorer window go to Tools, Folder Options, View and remove the check/tick next to Hide extensions for known file types, Click Ok.
Next time you open the folder it will show the file's extension.

On the ones you lost you may need simply to rename them returning the file type's extension in order to be able to view them again.


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June 17, 2010 at 20:05:35
I am going to try it.
Well I right clicked on the name under the picture in My Pictures and renamed it with the file name .jpg and it changed to a box with 6 colored dots and when I clicked on this white little square it took me to my Window Picture Fax viewer and the picture was there. Then I emailed it myself and came as the white box with the dots not the photo. How do I get the photo back with the dotted box?

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June 18, 2010 at 15:15:51
When you unhid extensions were most of the files showing with a name plus .jpg extension?

jpg is the most common file extension for pictures but there are others which can be used (so I'm wondering if they were jpg at all).

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June 19, 2010 at 02:32:54
anoldemanor, you have the option to show or don't show file extensions. Be sure you do and make sure the extension in the new name is the same, .jpg-.jpg, gif-.gif, etc. As stated, there're LOTS of different extensions on pictures and if you change it, your machine becomes confused.
Ed in Texas.

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