Recently, my colleague Chris ran into a small problem opening a document he’d downloaded for court. He was following some of these recommendations, but encountered a file error issue with one of the documents.
Chris was trying to open a file with a .bin extension.
Oddly enough, Chris told me that the file opened if he clicked on it from the notifications menu, but wouldn’t open from the downloads folder.
Fortunately, the fix is simple: change the name.
Of course, this procedure requires that you use another file manager program, such as ASTRO File Manager (free), to rename the file. Also, knowing the file extension — in this case .pdf — comes in handy, too.
The renaming process is easy in ASTRO, simply long press on the file until the menu appears, then click Rename.
Type the new name with the file extension (.pdf, .jpg, .png, .mpeg, etc.), and click Rename.
The next time you have a file-opening issue, try correcting the problem with a simple name and extension change. Of course, if the name change doesn’t work, you may just have to admit defeat.