Hyperlinks with the Hash/Pound sign in Excel
This article is part of the manual of Filecats Standard and Filecats Professional.
The “#” symbol, known variously as a hash or pound sign, is sometimes used in folder and file names, especially in America, where it is used as a synonym for the word “number”.
However, it is a reserved character in Microsoft Excel, and generally cannot be used in hyperlinks. This is a limitation of Microsoft Excel. Therefore, any hyperlink with a hash in the folder structure or the file name will not work.
However, Filecats uses an alternative system of coding which means that it can work in Excel 2010 or later.
Additionally, Microsoft Windows has a problem when the combination of folders (known as a “path”) plus the filename (with the extension) is 256 characters long or more. You may get errors in Windows Explorer such as this:
For example, the combination of this path and filename is 256 characters:
If the combination of path and filename is 256 characters or longer, then the hyperlinks may not work, and the file type, attributes, size, index, dates and metadata may not be captured in Filecats programs.
These files can be easily identified. The hyperlink will not say “Open”, and a default size and indent of -1 bytes and default dates of 1/0/1900 12:00:00 AM may be inserted if they cannot be read.
This is a limitation of Windows Explorer. If this happens, you may wish to shorten the path or file names.
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