Center for Technology Enhanced Learning

Blackboard File Naming

When naming files (documents, images, videos, presentations, Discussion Board Titles, Survey titles, even Blog titles!!) to upload to Blackboard, it is vitally important to follow these guidelines.

  • Do NOT use illegal characters. Limit yourself to alpha-numeric characters (letters or numbers), hyphens or underscores, no spaces. (In the case of blog titles, spaces seem to be fine.)
  • NEVER use commas, apostrophes, ampersands, number signs, percentage signs.
  • Keep the name as short as possible.

Okay: a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 - _ .

NOT okay: ~ ! @ # $ % ^ & * ( ) + = { }[ ] \ | ' " ; : ? / , < >

Note: Even if you have successfully added files with improper names in the past, it does not mean that other people, using other browsers or operating systems, will be able to access them. The above are the safest naming conventions.

  • NO SPACES! If you need a visual spacer between words, you can use an underscore.
  • Be sure to include the tag that identifies the filetype. (eg. .doc, .jpg, .pdf, .xls, .rtf) The tag must match the filetype. In Word, for instance, to save your file as .rtf, click Save As and choose the Format or Filetype dropdown window below your file navigation.

Save As Filetype

 

Note (reprised): Even if you have successfully added files with improper names in the past, it does not mean that other people, using other browsers or operating systems, will be able to access them. The above are the safest naming conventions.