SharePoint 2016 – Changes in Filenames Support

With the release of SharePoint 2016, Microsoft is planning on removing some filenames restrictions that have been in the product for multiple versions. In this article, I will be comparing SharePoint 2013, which is blocking filenames based on these restrictions, and 2016 which works fine.

Special characters

As part of the SharePoint 2016 IT Preview, Microsoft has removed restrictions regarding filenames containing the following characters:



{ } *GUID

In SharePoint 2016:

Uploading a file with an invalid character in SharePoint 2016 will result in the following screen:



In SharePoint 2013:

Long Filenames

SharePoint 2016 now allows you to have filenames that are longer than 128 characters.

SharePoint 2016:

SharePoint 2013:

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