File Names

File Names

A consistent naming scheme will help to ensure that you can locate your files and that your students  can open and view those files in Blackboard. You name a file when you go to Save, Save As, or if you rename a document manually.

The best approach to naming your files is not very flexible, but it is very easy to remember:
Use letters, numbers, and an underscore and nothing else

This will go a long way toward ensuring that different browser versions and types can read and render your document appropriately.

These rules just restate that last paragraph in a more long-winded manner:
  • Use only letters, numbers and underscores (_) in file names.
  • Don’t use spaces, commas, the pound sign (#), question marks, equal signs, dashes, at signs (@), or other special characters in your filenames.
  • Don’t use periods in the file name unless it’s used before the file extension – i.e. .txt, .ppt, .xls, .doc, etc.
  • File names are case sensitive. We recommend that you use all lowercase letters in file names.
  • It’s worth repeating: Use only letters, numbers and underscores (_) in file names:
  • Appropriate file name:
    • coursemodule1      OR
    • course_module_1
  • Problematic file name:
    • Course module #1

Some additional tips on good file names
These you can take or leave, but they are generally recognized as sound practice, and can also help you organize content prior to uploading to Blackboard:
  • Use lower case - Some operating systems read file titles in a case-sensitive manner
  • Make your title Descriptive BUT
  • Try to keep you title short
  • conflicting advice, right?
    • This applies mostly to efficient design for the web, but for blackboard it also helps student navigation. Try to use key words from the document to name your file so that students can quickly identify what's in there (and so you can quickly identify it when you're building your course).