What’s in a name?

Certain characters in file and folder names can cause problems. Here’s a list of characters to avoid when saving documents, especially when sharing files or storing on a server, such as Patterson:

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

If you do use one of these characters in a file that is stored on a server, Windows users (and some Mac users, depending on how they connect) will see a “mangled” filename instead–yes, that is the technical term for it, and in this instance it really fits. As an example I just named a file “MangleThis?.docx” from my Mac, but when I look at it from a PC it is named MX8WX9~I and has the wrong icon. Not pretty.