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File Names


Naming conventions of files are different depending on what operating system and software the computer you are using is running.

Computers running Windows Operating Systems can save files with long file names between 1 and 256 characters followed by a dot and a three-character file extension. These versions of Windows will allow you to use spaces and certain special characters in the file name, it is not always a good idea to name your files with spaces and special characters as different systems may not be able to handle this type of naming convention.

A file name on a Macintosh can be between 1 and 36 characters, which can include spaces and certain special characters. Mac files do not have a file extension, but have a resource, which holds hidden information about the application in which the file was created, instead of a file extension.

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