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Suggested Naming Conventions for Files

Unless your instructor has provided specific instructions for naming your files, try using this suggested naming convention tips for your documents:

  1. Use descriptive names (include a hint to the file’s contents within the name of the file; this will be helpful for the next person who will need to find the file).
  2. Use alphanumeric characters.  Avoid using special characters, including these:

\ • ` or ’ • = / • < or > • ^ : or ; • | • # • * • (or) •.
? • % • , " • @ • Space ! • + • { or} ~ • -• [ or ]

  1. Use underscores ( _ ) rather than spaces.
  2. Be consistent in your naming conventions (i.e. ch1_quiz.rtf, ch2_quiz.rtf, etc.).

Example:

Start with your last name, then capitalize the first letter of each word so that filenames read like this:

 

LastNameCapitalizeEachWord.doc (e.g. DoePersuasiveEssay.doc)

Updated on August 14, 2019

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