Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums

How to use reserved characters in filename?

  1. #1

    How to use reserved characters in filename?

    I'm especially interest in "?" and ":"

    So can you teach me how to rename them in such a way?

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2

    You cannot use the reserved characters in filenames. In this context that is what reserved means. The file system will not accept files with these characters. Why do you wish do do this? If we knew why someone may be able to suggest a workable alternative.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3

    Well, its nothing important.
    It's just that I want to name my files and folders the way they are intended to.

    I just refuse to believe that a piece of flagship software developed by one of the world's biggest software company can't even allow users to include such common characters such as a question mark or colon in their filename.

    From what I read, half of the reserved characters can be used most of the time without significant consequences.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4

    The reserved characters are of special significance to the file system. Allowing these characters in filenames would have created numerous problems for the operating system, application developers, and users. In Unix almost all characters were allowed in filenames. That produced a lot of problems. Prohibiting the use of reserved characters is a small price to pay.

    Designing an OS or application software requires making many decisions. Sometimes they are hard, Sometimes they are very hard. Sometimes no matter what the decision somebody will say it was a stupid one. You can't please everyone.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #5

    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    It is possible to find characters in Unicode fonts and use them - they have only other character codes, but warning: No every software can work with them and really don't know how them handles other Windows, even other OSes! I'm using it and works, if you want to know which contact me.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

How to use reserved characters in filename?

Similar Threads
Thread Forum
Jumbled Characters on Startup, Not Booting
So I recently switched to windows 8.1 from 7, had to clean my PC out so I decided to upgrade. After initial setup I installed my NVIDIA driver along with a few others, and rebooted. The image attached is what comes up if I turn my laptop on. I already ran a checkdisk, and it had no errors. I also...
General Support
Display Spanish Characters in HTML
How to display spanish charcaters like É in HTML properly?
Chillout Room
IE10 Input Characters Problem
Hello, I am using W8 x64 on my newly purchased laptop. My input and other local settings are Turkish, but display language is English. I set it this way because it is more convenient for me to use some software programs in their native languages and I didn't want to bother language-setting them...
Browsers & Mail
How do I copy Chinese characters from the Touch Keyboard?
Here is a screenshot of the step I'm stuck at: 45595 I have written a Chinese character on the touch keyboard but I can't seem to copy it so I can paste it elsewhere such as a search engine. How do I copy Chinese characters from the Touch Keyboard to paste elsewhere such as search engines?
General Support
reading files in strange characters
Windows 8.1 64b Some files, when open with notepad, can be easily read in English. For other ones, I get characters like the ones bellow. How could I read these characters, is there any online translator for this? or I should learn basic C++ or other means? Many thanks <J#wH=WM...
General Support
How can i search filename for number string in explorer
I have lots of file with the date as part of the filename for example. snapshot-2013-10-01.7z snapshot-2013-01-10.7z When I try to search for a file name using 2013-10 it return BOTH the above whilst it should only list the 1st entry. Is there a trick to searching something like this ? ...
General Support
how can I find files w/same first 10 characters in name?
Hello everyone, I have a lot of files who are stored into folders (~ 2-3K worth of folders with 2-20 files in each folder) and I need to search in each one to see if there are any files that are similar in name. None will be exactly the same so I need to only compare the first 10 characters and...
General Support

Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook