Filename Issues
Posted by Lynne Whitley on 29 May 2014 08:57 AM


Use these simple tips to make sure your teacher can open your assignments.

A good filename should convey a “first look” piece of data about what the contents of the digital file is about. Names such as EconFinalReport.doc and 10thLitFinalPres.ppt are better than untitled.doc or myppt.ppt.

Periods (or dots)
Periods separate the filename from the extension. There should only be one period in a filename.

The extension of a filename gives you information about what program (or type of program) in which a file was created. Many of the more common word processing, presentation, or image creation software have familiar extensions (.doc, .ppt, .xls, .jpg, .png, .pdf, etc).

Things that can cause issues/best practices for naming files (see diagram below)

  • more than one period in a filename causes the file to not open properly
  • spaces make the file less readable - don’t use double spaces
  • special characters (avoid these - see below)
  • long filenames (avoid files over 128 characters)
  • Save As (selecting the wrong drop-down when the file is saved)


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