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Converting From A Macintosh To A Windows Environment

There are several things you can do to smooth your transition from a Macintosh to a Windows environment.
1. House Cleaning: Review your file structure and delete unnecessary files and folders.
2. Long Filenames and Allowed Characters: Windows supports long file names — you can use up to 255 characters in the pathname+filename — but does not permit use of certain punctuation marks, including multiple periods. You cannot use any of the following characters in filenames on a Windows computer:
/ \ : ? < > | . * “

Please look on your hard drive and in your server folders for all files containing these characters and rename them now. To rename your files:
a. Click once with your mouse on the name; the filename will be highlighted with a picture frame border.
b. Type the correct name, followed by the desired extension, if any. Refer to Filename Conventions below.

3. Filename Conventions: Microsoft Word assumes word processing documents have .doc at the end of their file names; Excel requires an ending of .xls. If your files do not have these endings, you can ease your transition using one of the following approaches:
• Rename all your files now, adding .doc at the end of word processing files and .xls on spreadsheet filenames. All files can then be opened by double-clicking on the filenames with
your new computer.
• Rename your file extensions as needed, after you move to the Windows environment, adding .doc at the end of word processing files and .xls for spreadsheets.

Note: Files can be opened in Word or Excel by selecting Open from the File menu. When the Open dialog box appears, select All Files (*.*) in the Files of type drop-down list. The
display of available files will change to include those without the expected file name extension for the application (.doc or .xls). Caution: Don’t use extensions on folder names!

4. Moving Files to Server Storage: After you have deleted unnecessary files and decided on a strategy for file name conventions, you are ready to move personal files and folders on your hard drive to your space on the Tigercat server. Please do not move any applications or system files. We recommend that you use Tigercat for all your document storage if you are not already doing so.

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