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OurFiles: Macintosh File Name Restrictions


Because the server holding the files is not a Macintosh server some characters are not allowed in file and folder names. These include the following:

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

If you have file or folder names with these characters, they will appear when accessed from a Macintosh computer but, when accessed from a computer running another operating system, these characters will be replaced with periods.

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Last updated: 
Thursday, October 26, 2017

If you have questions or need further information, contact your department's IT support office, or contact the IT Service Desk via email at [email protected], via phone at 603-646-2999 or walk in to see them in Baker/Berry 178J.

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