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    Filename Characters

    What are the illegal filename characters for Windows filenames?

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    Re: Filename Characters

    Leif

    Many thanks. Excellent article.

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    Re: Filename Characters

    Strangely enough, though the article tells you what you cannot use, then goes on to list what you can, it doesn't seem to mention anywhere the semi-colon ; which is actually perfectly valid.

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    Re: Filename Characters

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    ... all the characters in the Windows code page except those explicitly forbidden seem to work fine ...

    <font face="Georgia">!#$%&'()+,-.0123456789;=@ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ[]^_`abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz{}~

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    Re: Filename Characters

    He he. I'd love to see a file named

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    Re: Filename Characters

    Klaus ~

    Would you happen to have or know where I might obtain a complete list of all the elite characters? The lists I keep coming up with either are incomplete, incorrect, or ususally both.

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    Re: Filename Characters

    "Elite" doesn't ring a bell; if you mean the Windows code page 1252, it's often included in the appendix of computer books, or you could look it up here.

    In the list I posted/pasted above, some characters got lost (^0172 (

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    Re: Filename Characters

    Together with the <A target="_blank" HREF="http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;Q197368&">

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    Re: Filename Characters

    What I am seeking is a list in which you can enable characters with the Alt + combo. The lists in the links are different. What combination are you using to get the characters in your post above to appear?

    Is ASCII and Unicode different?

    The last list you linked had some of the codes for the Alt + combination, but some are different than the ones I have and it is missing a bunch in the beginning and a bunch at the end. I am trying to locate a complete list that is has all the combinations. Please see the text list I have attached here which is only partial.
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    Re: Filename Characters

    Use the numbers that appear vertically at the left with Alt+0XXX (

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    Re: Filename Characters

    I think I found the explanation for the codes at the end of your list:

    If you type Alt+0XXX(X...), Windows 98 (and probably other OS) take that number modulo 256.
    1690 = 6*256 + 154, so Alt+01690 = Alt+0154 =

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    Re: Filename Characters

    So what you are saying is there is no 'list' that would include all characters and all codes as they are different depending on what manner you choose to enter the codes or which OS one is using?

    Are you simply typing the letter 'U' plus a number combination to get the character string you listed above?

    What about

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    Re: Filename Characters

    As far as the "real" codes used by the OS are concerned, on the PC we used to have the DOS code pages and Windows code pages (both standardized "ASCII" below 128, language/OS-dependent between 128 and 255). Today it's Unidode (double-byte characters, standardized).

    As far as the Alt-shortcuts are concerned, I'd see it the other way round:
    There used to be different ways to encode characters. And for compatibility rerasons, the old shortcuts are still supported. Below 128, DOS, Windows, and Unicode are pretty much the same (with some DOS relics like Alt+15 =

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    Re: Filename Characters

    Oh my, I edited and previewed the post, and the symbols disappeared when I posted again.
    Let's try pasting from Word once more:

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