Following SharePoint naming conventions can help improve the organization and searchability of files and folders within a SharePoint site. Some benefits include:
- Improved ability to find and access files quickly and easily.
- Better organization of files within a site.
- Reduced likelihood of duplicate or conflicting files.
- Increased consistency and predictability in file names and locations.
- Greater ability to automate processes and workflows.
SharePoint Naming Conventions
- Use a consistent naming convention: This will make it easier for users to find the folder they need and understand the contents.
- Use descriptive names: The name should clearly indicate the contents of the folder, such as “Marketing_Campaigns_Q1” or “Department_Meeting_Minutes_2021”.
- Use meaningful abbreviations: Abbreviations should be used when they are commonly understood and will not cause confusion.
- Use a date format: Use a consistent date format such as YYYY-MM-DD to make it easier to locate files by date.
- Use lowercase letters: Use lowercase letters for folder and file names to make them consistent and easier to read
- Use hyphens or underscores: Use hyphens or underscores to separate different parts of the name, for example “Marketing_Campaigns_Q1”
SharePoint Naming Limitation
- Avoid using spaces: Spaces can cause issues when trying to access the folder or its contents.
- Avoid using special characters: Special characters such as %, *, $, #, /, , and : can cause issues when trying to access the folder or its contents.
- Avoid using forbidden words: SharePoint has a list of forbidden words such as “con” or “aux” that cannot be used in folder or file names.
- Avoid using long names: SharePoint has a maximum character limit of 260 characters for folder and file names.
- Avoid using the same name: Do not use the same name for different folders, as this can cause confusion and make it difficult to locate the correct folder.
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