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Enabling # and ? support in OneDrive for Business

Today I got a chance to test the new feature I (or rather the end-users) have been waiting for: the support for # and ? characters in filenames. I've talked to numerous of users who has had to rename all their files when on-boarding or migrating to OneDrive for Business. The solution is being rolled out to existing O365-customers over the next couple of months and consists of a Powershell-command.

First of all you probably need to update your SharePoint Online Management Shell, which can be found here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35588.

Then all you really need to do is the following line of Powershell: Set-SPOTenant -SpecialCharactersStateInFileFolderNames Allowed after you have connected to your tenant. Here's the full snippet to do that:

$userCredential = Get-Credential -UserName $adminUPN -Message "Type the password."
Connect-SPOService -Url https://$orgName-admin.sharepoint.com
Set-SPOTenant -SpecialCharactersStateInFileFolderNames Allowed
All you need to now is to wait a couple of hours for the changes to propagate throughout the tenant.

Enjoy syncing your # and ? documents ;) 

Andreas Selevik

Andreas Selevik

Solution Architect specialized in Windows & Azure Architecture, Office 365, PowerShell, Identity management and automation. Manchester United fanatic, father, husband and a very good winner...

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