Monthly Archives: November 2012

SharePoint Invalid File Name Workaround..ish

I’m sure anyne dealing with SharePoint end user support has ran into this error: “The file name you specified is not valid or too long. Specify a different file name.”

Invalid Filename

After some searching we noticed that this is a limitation with all versions of SharePoint! http://support.microsoft.com/kb/905231. Usually renaming one or two files isn’t too big of a problem (And it never seems to be a problem if they want to get around blocked file types!), but this specific case we needed to upload thousands of documents into SharePoint. I did some more searching around online and found a few different options: powershell (love it, but to train someone who has never used it would be a fun day), create an event receiver to change the file name at the time of upload¬†(not enough time in this case), or find an application capable of renaming bulk files. I found this little gem on sourcefourge: http://sharepointfilef.sourceforge.net/

SharePoint File Fix is capable of renaming bulk files (and even does recursive renames) to make them compatbile with SharePoint. It is a lightweight html application that doesn’t require an install and is very easy to train a user how to use it.

SharePoint File Fix