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New support for # and % in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business

In the upcoming weeks, we’ll be shipping support for # and % as supported characters in file and folder names across document libraries in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business.  This will allow people to create, store, and sync files containing # and % characters whether those characters are used as a prefix or suffix to the file or folder name.  # and % will be limited to use in file names in addition to SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business document libraries and related folders. 

 

More information here: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/SharePoint-Blog/New-support-for-and-in-SharePoint-Online-and-...

 

 

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Re: New support for # and % in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business

Awesome addition :-)

Re: New support for # and % in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business

Thanks! I will share this with our engineering team :)

Re: New support for # and % in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business

Hooray at last... all of my clients in the finance sector will be very happy with this... I've been promising them it's coming for a long time now!

Re: New support for # and % in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business

Thats great as we are just planning our migration from Egnyte to OneDrive and have just come across this limitation, how will we know when it is now an option?

Re: New support for # and % in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business

Just seen on the other site that we still have a long wait then...

H2 CY2017 for existing Office 365 Tenants

Re: New support for # and % in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business

Great news. I enabled this, this morning and it looks like it's working for us.

Re: New support for # and % in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business

How did you do it?

I just want to make sure as support have been no help for me so far and all that happens for me is that when I run the Get-SPOTenant/Set-SPOTenant it says that is not a recognized name of a cmdlet

Re: New support for # and % in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business

Scrap that I found on the comments on the article the following script seems to work just need to give it some time.

$adminUPN="xxxx@xxxxxxxx.com"
$orgName="tenantnameinsharepointURL"
$userCredential = Get-Credential -UserName $adminUPN -Message "Type the password."
Connect-SPOService -Url https://tenantnameinsharepointURL-admin.sharepoint.com
Set-SPOTenant -SpecialCharactersStateInFileFolderNames Allowed

Re: New support for # and % in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business

Yeap, it needs some time what it's normal because you are modifying a tenant setting :-)

Re: New support for # and % in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business

Fingers crossed it works for us then

Out of interest have any of you heard about them extending the path length as per the other post on here?

I don't want to spend ages reducing path lengths so that we can migrate to then find it gets extended soon afterwards anyway.

Re: New support for # and % in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business

HI Peter,

 

Tenant updattion took 2 hrs.

 

Now we are able to sync items which contains # and % characters.

 

I believe 30-40% synchronization issue automatically resolved by allowing thes characters.

Re: New support for # and % in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business

Other than long paths though I assume

Re: New support for # and % in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business

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I think long path is also resolved by increasing from 256 to 400 character, not sure it is reolled out or not. I posted in another discussion, and waiting for confirmation someone from microsoft. Here is the discussion thread https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/OneDrive-for-Business/Is-that-true-now-ODB-is-supporting-400-...

 

 

Re: New support for # and % in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business

We have extended the path to 400 characters

 

Re: New support for # and % in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business

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When will that hit our systems then? Just wanted to check as I am currently trying to sync and it keeps complaining about path length still.

Re: New support for # and % in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business

It's rollout out now. It usually takes 30-45 days to hit all tenants


Peter Longley wrote:

When will that hit our systems then? Just wanted to check as I am currently trying to sync and it keeps complaining about path length still.


 

Re: New support for # and % in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business

Okay thanks for confirming. So we do not need to run anything like we did for the special characters change?

Re: New support for # and % in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business

Hi Stephen,

Is there any announcement published on 400 characters limit?

Re: New support for # and % in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business

Hi Stephen,

 

Which limit exactly is upgraded? Apparently there are limits tot the local storage as well as to the online storage. Are they both increased?

 

see: http://www.purgeie.com/shareprep/maxlength.htm

 

Are there any other limits (eg length of file name as opposed to length of path)?

 

Thanks!

 

Re: New support for # and % in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business

Our Office 365 admin - would like to know if there will be complications with future updates, if we run the powershell SpecialCharactersStateInFileFolderNames Allowed now?

 

Re: New support for # and % in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business

No. You should be fine. This is not a hack, it's a fix.

Re: New support for # and % in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business

Thanks for you reply Stephen. Are there any points where we should be carefull it we run the fix? What is the estimatet rollout date in calendar terms, think month?

Re: New support for # and % in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business

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@Stephen Rose, our use-case is completely the other way around.

 

We want to stop users from uploading documents with special characters. We are sick and tired of all kinds of weird filenames uploaded to our SharePoint libraries. Filenames that are a hundred miles long punctuated with all kinds of characters!

 

Is there a way to block all/selected special characters instead of allowing?

Re: New support for # and % in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business

This has already been rolled out. You just need to follow the instructions in the post to activate on your tenant.

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