Special Characters and Naming Files and Folders

Overview: Special Characters and Naming Files and Folders

Naming files and folders is straightforward, right? Yes, for the most part, you can name your files and folders whatever you like. However, there are a few exceptions. Inserting some common special characters into file names can create potential errors, so it's important to avoid them. 

Valid Special Characters for File and Folder Names

Special characters are symbols such as & (ampersand) or * (asterisk). Some require a shift key stroke, such as the special characters grouped in the number keys, while others do not, such as / (forward slash). Please note that there are only two special characters that should ever be used in file or folder names: _ (underscore) or - (dash).

Guidelines for Naming Files and Folders

It's important to only use alphanumeric characters in your file and folder names. The FilesAnywhere system does not use warning pop-ups to alert you to incorrect character use so be sure to take extra care when naming files and folders. If you currently have files or folders that contain special characters, make sure to rename them before moving forward or uploading additional files. Although you may not have experienced problems in the past, it's possible that issues may occur in the future if corrections aren't made. 

Still Have Questions?

If you need help or have additional questions about naming files and folders, please contact us. FilesAnywhere LIVE customer support is available weekdays 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Our customer support is always free, and all engineers are located at our headquarters in the U.S. 


08/19/11 Updated by Kym W.

08/19/11 Reviewed by Chris A.

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