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70 a-e-mag.com • A&E AUGUST 2019 CORELDRAW: THE BASICS By Doug Zender CHANGING THE DEFAULT One of my first tasks on any new com- puter is to change the O/S default — a fairly simple task. I work with Windows 7, but Windows 8 and 10 are similar. In Control Panel, locate Folder Options (see Figure 1). Click to open, then choose the View tab. You should see something like Figure 2. Uncheck the "Hide extensions for known file types" box; this displays extensions for all files on your system. I have found this to be of great advantage for my work. Sometimes we receive files from users of Adobe Illustrator. Though usually easily opened, in some instances, they will not open or import into CorelDRAW, dis- playing a "corrupted" or "not importable" message. I have, on occasion, been able to change the AI extension to PDF with favorable results. AI is actually PDF in disguise, and CDR is actually ZIP in disguise. If I receive a CDR file from a newer version than mine that I cannot open, sometimes changing the extension to ZIP allows it to open in my version. In either case, I highly recom- mend saving the original file to a different directory to avoid losing the original. To change the extension: Right click on the file, and in the dialog that appears, choose Rename, then select only the exten- sion after the dot (Figure 3) and type the new extension. You will get a warning that says the file may become unusable and asks if you're sure you want to change it. Since we have already made a copy of the file, choose Yes. (Note: It is usually best to choose the specific filter for the file type we want to open. See Figure 4. The default is "All file formats." Choosing a O ne of the great features of the CorelDRAW Graphics Suite is its ability to open and/or import a vast number of file types. Unfortunately, by default, the Windows Operating System, from prior to Windows 95 and Windows 10, has chosen to "Hide extensions for known file types," so it is difficult to identify a particular file by its named description, not knowing what kind of file type it describes. The extension is the description of a file type and occurs after the dot (i.e. .cdr describes a CorelDRAW file). Oftentimes, I save or export my Corel file to PDF, PNG or EPS for a usable result; the file name remains, but the extension for each is different. Doug Zender has used CorelDRAW extensively since version 4. His goal is to minimize the intimidation of the program and give users the sense that CorelDRAW is a friend, not an adversary. Doug began as a design artist, then moved into the sign industry in 1992 doing vinyl graphics. You can contact him at dezender1@gmail.com. Tips to Importing and Opening Different File Types in Corel Fig 1

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