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Ran into a bizarre problem in QGIS ( 2.18.4). I am trying to load a shapefile with extension *.shp.

When I choose Add Vector Layer -> Browse, I do not see any option to load ESRI Shapefiles.

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I must be missing something very elementary.

marked as duplicate by Ian Turton Mar 20 '17 at 13:44

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    Does drag-and-drop still work? Also, did you try the method posted in this closely-related question: QGIS: ESRI shapefile .shp no longer appears in list of file types under Add Vector Layer – Joseph Mar 20 '17 at 13:40
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    Thanks !!! This worked from your recommended post .... "You were fooled by Windows Explorer UI and the very long "X-Plane" entry. Just scroll up in the file type list using cursor up key or mouse wheel" – Arindam Mar 21 '17 at 5:54
  • Awesome, glad you got it working. I haven't come across that problem before as there's always a scroll bar for me :) – Joseph Mar 21 '17 at 10:02

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