22 October, 2011

restrictions on file names, folders, and URLs


SharePoint is always tricky but if we know how to use, what to use and where to use then it will be very easy. Today i am going to share some basic details which are very common but extremely useful.
URL Restrictions:
The maximum length for a URL in Windows SharePoint is 260 characters. However, I suggest you do not use URLs longer than 256 so users can include the links in the links list, as mentioned in Miscellaneous section below.

Some additional details (Just for reference):

Site Restrictions
- You cannot use the characters ” # % & * : < > ? \ / { | } ~ in a site name.
- You cannot start a site name with an underscore. For example, _MySharepointSite is not a valid name for a site or a subsite.
- Periods are not allowed consecutively in the middle of a site name. For example, My..SharepointSite is not a valid name.
- You cannot start or end a site name with a period. For example, .MySharepointSite and MySharepointSite. are both invalid names.

Document Libraries
- If you use one of the following characters in a Document Library they will be removed: Comma, hyphen, period, left and right parenthesis ().

Miscellaneous Tips
- Do not use underscores in a site name. Although allowed, Microsoft discourages it.
- Link list items cannot be more than 256 characters

File & Folder Restrictions
- You cannot use the characters ” # % & * : < > ? \ / { | } ~ in a file or folder name.
- A file or folder name in a URL cannot contain more than 128 characters in Windows sharepoint services 2.0/3.0 and MOSS.
- You cannot start or end a file name or folder with a period. For example, .Mysharepoint.docx and Mysharepoint2007.docx. are both invalid names.
- Periods are not allowed consecutively in the middle of a file or folder name. For example, My..sharepoint2007.file is not a valid name.

If you have any queries/questions regarding the mentioned information then please let me know.
I would be more than HAPPY to HELP you as well as RESOLVES your issues, Thank you

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