Which characters are not allowed for file names in SkyDrive?

jluppino

I sometimes get an error message when I try to upload files to SkyDrive/OneDrive that says “the file name contains characters that are not allowed.” Ok, I’m fine with that, but it doesn’t tell me which characters are forbidden. Other than trial and error, is there any way to tell which characters are not allowed by SkyDrive?

Answer this Question

Answers

3 total
mandril
Vote Up (13)

The file name contains characters that aren't allowed. Change its name so that it doesn’t begin or end with a space, end with a period, or include any of these characters: / \ < > : * " ? |

 

These names aren't allowed for files or folders: AUX, PRN, NUL, CON, COM0, COM1, COM2, COM3, COM4, COM5, COM6, COM7, COM8, COM9, LPT0, LPT1, LPT2, LPT3, LPT4, LPT5, LPT6, LPT7, LPT8, LPT9

 

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/onedrive/upload-file-cant-faq

Laura
Vote Up (10)

I am agree with mandril. According to the Microsoft support forum, the maximum filename length for Skydrive is 230 characters. Yours being 77, I doubt that is the problem. Are you sure there isn't a space at the end of the filename? 

jimlynch
Vote Up (8)

Mandril has the right answer to this, see his link to the OneDrive Help page.

Ask a question

Join Now or Sign In to ask a question.
Thanks to the cloud, the “as a service” trend is getting a little out of control
IBM continues to make the case for the nascent field of cognitive computing, showing off some Watson prototypes Thursday that could help speed scientific discovery in the medical field, by scanning large volumes of literature and data far more quickly then humans can, and suggesting possible leads.
NASA migrated 65 software applications, including its flagship NASA.gov website to the cloud in 22 weeks, and the space agency is still in the midst of a massive deployment to the cloud.
Is it crazy to pay $1300 for a Chromebook? Some reflections after a year and a half of living with Google's luxurious Pixel.
IBM announced late Wednesday that it's making its artificially intelligent computer system, Watson, available to researchers as a cloud service.
Technology companies make up almost half of the businesses ranked highest by their employees for culture and values in a new survey
Microsoft has extended the data loss prevention features in Office 365 so that they are available not only for its email tools but also for data in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business.
Salesforce.com's development teams are continuing their steady pace of improvements to the Salesforce1 mobile application, which first debuted at last year's Dreamforce conference.
Responding to the growth of enterprise software development teams, Microsoft will allow occasional contributors to access the Visual Studio Online project development environment at no cost.
Dropbox is consolidating its three Pro account options into a single plan that's priced at US$9.99 per month and includes 1TB of storage and added controls for document sharing and security.
Join us:
Facebook

Twitter

Pinterest

Tumblr

LinkedIn

Google+

randomness