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Chapter 2. Windows and Icons > File and Folder Icons

2.7. File and Folder Icons

Just as in Windows, every document, program, folder, and disk on your Mac is represented by an icon. In Mac OS X, icons look more like photos than cartoons, and you can scale them to just about any size (Section 2.3.1). Otherwise, icons work just as they do in Windows. They're your ticket to moving, copying, and deleting your files and folders.

2.7.1. File Names

A Mac OS X icon's name can have up to 255 letters and spaces. Better yet, you're about to discover the first of many degrees of freedom that come with a move to the Mac: Punctuation is permitted. For the first time in your life, you can name a file, say, "Update 11/15/06," without getting yelled at by your operating system. In fact, you can use any symbol you want except for the colon (:), which the Mac uses behind the scenes for its own folder-hierarchy designation purposes.


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