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Saving file in IE8 converts spaces to underscore


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s0nginmyheart

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Hi All,

I am using Windows 7 and IE8. This hasn't bugged me terribly in the past but it has become a bit of a nuisance lately.

Whenever I download a file, it saves the file name with underscores instead of spaces...

(example) filename "This File Name.mp3" is saved as "This_File_Name.mp3"

Is there a way to change this so that it is saved with spaces instead of an underscore?

Thanks in advance~


Read more: Downloading file converts spaces in filename to underscore... how to fix? - Tech Support Forum http://www.techsuppo...l#ixzz1FshRIZIQ
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That's done to make filenames compatible with DOS, and old versions of Windows which relied on DOS, where spaces aren't allowed, so the underscore is used to represent a space instead.
You will have to remove the underscores manually or just leave them as they are.

Edited by phillipcorcoran, 07 March 2011 - 06:43 AM.

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That's done to make filenames compatible with DOS, and old versions of Windows which relied on DOS, where spaces aren't allowed, so the underscore is used to represent a space instead.

That's what the responder on the Tech Support Forum claimed, but that seems a bit strange to me... Can you provide a link that backs up this claim?

I wouldn't have thought it had anything to do with DOS at all; I would have thought that IE8 wasn't converting anything - the underscores were part of the filename all along. How do you know the file contained spaces in the first place?

The reasoning behind this explanation: Spaces don't work well as part of a web address, since they have to get hex encoded (which would result in: "This%20File%20Name.mp3"). Common curtsy/convention would be to never have spaces in a filename when you're placing it on the internet.
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