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Why can't you have a question mark (?) in file names???


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#1 Moltres Rider

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 09:35 PM

not sure where to post this as it applies to all windows versions... why can't you have a question mark in the file names of files in Windows??? many pictures and songs I make is about a question and I HATE having to replace the question mark with an underscore!!! why aren't question marks allowed in file names???



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Posted 25 August 2013 - 09:40 PM

Because it's a reserved character.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/aa365247(v=vs.85).aspx

Use any character in the current code page for a name, including Unicode characters and characters in the extended character set (128–255), except for the following:


The following reserved characters:
< (less than)
> (greater than)
: (colon)
" (double quote)
/ (forward slash)
\ (backslash)
| (vertical bar or pipe)
? (question mark)
* (asterisk)


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Posted 26 August 2013 - 08:14 PM

Windows uses these reserved characters for searches, command-line instructions, and the paths that define file locations.
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Posted 26 August 2013 - 09:36 PM

Yeah, if you use question mark in files names, that means you use reserved characters. To some extent, it is not handy to search your files, because they can be replaced.

 

For example, if you search "ab?c.txt" , you will find the results of "ab1c.txt" "ab2c.txt" "abxc.txt", etc. So, it can not equally match your files.






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