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Filenames

When you save a file you created in a Windows application, such as Word, you assign a name to the file and save the file in a folder. Files stored in the same folder must have unique filenames. Any filename longer than eight characters is considered a long filename, although a name that includes a space or a comma is also considered a long filename. Windows 2000 allows you to use up to 255 characters when you name a file, but remember you must include the full path of the file in that number. For example, the Profits spreadsheet you stored in the January subfolder of the My Documents folder has a full name that is C:\My Documents\January\Profits.xls, which is 35 characters.

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Old 8-Character Names When you work with other computers, either by sharing files on disks or on a network, you should avoid long filenames (over eight characters) when working with MS-DOS machines or some application programs that have difficulty reading long names such as Windows 3.x. Windows 2000 will automatically convert your long names to an MS-DOS compatible-format, such as converting January Profits to Januar~1.xls, for use by MS-DOS computers but that may not be acceptable in all situations.



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