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By kkelly ·
We are having a discussion in our firm about the best way to name common documents. Some users would like to use up to 30 characters to identify documents and I am wondering about how much extra storage space is required to save documents with longer file names.

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by timwalsh In reply to Document Name Sizing

Your question intriqued me, so I actually conducted an experiment.

I created 2 Word documents with the exact same content. I saved one with a short file name (5 characters) and the other with a long file name (46 characters) and then checked theproperties. Both files had the exact same file size in bytes.

Although I could find nothing definitiev on the MS website, I know that to provide backward compatibility, all files are actually saved with both a long and a short file name. I have a feeling that the necessary space for the long filename is built into the base file format.

Therefore, you would experience no space savings by keeping filenames short.

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