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Local file fails to open if its name contains pound (#) symbol

  • When I tried to open a PDF file stored on my computer in Opera for Windows, the browser returned error message: "Your file was not found. It may have been moved or deleted." My first thought was that the file is corrupted, but for some reason I tried to open it in Google Chrome and it opened the file. After some trial and error, I found that if I remove the pound (#) character from the file name, Opera has no problem opening the PDF file. Is this a known issue? Is it possible to handle file names with pound character in same way as other browsers do?

  • The # symbol is used in HTML to indicate an anchor. If you want to use it as a standard character you'd need to replace it with a character escape. Try replacing it with %23 and see what happens.

  • I tried with a text file with tes#t.txt and that opens in Opera (via ctrl + 0 or dragging) no problem. In the address field, Opera and Chrome will convert the # to %23 for you.

    Does this only happen with pdf files?