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We still have SharePoint 2007. I have users who have created/are creating folders with names starting with a plus sign (+). I can't see the folder when I'm accessing the SharePoint document library through the browser, but I can see the folder when using Windows Explorer. When I try to open the folder I get an error message saying:

[Folder Path] refers to a location that is not available.

When I try to rename the folder I get an error message saying:

Could not find this item. This is no longer located in [Parent Folder Path]. Verify the items location and try again.

Can anyone point me in the right direction on how to rename the folder so the user can access the files located within?

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I figured out a way to take care of the renaming issue. From our SP homepage I clicked Site Actions > Manage Content and Structure. Then navigated to the parent folder in the document library. The offending folder was listed. So I clicked the down arrow and Edit Properties to update the name. Voila, all fixed!

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There are some special charatere which SharePoint do not like at all. In your case you are using the + in your folder name which is again special characters. You cannot use these characters in your site name, site, groups, List, fodlers etc. Check the complete list here:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/905231

While SharePoint allows you to name a folder with a plus sign (+) but it bugs out when trying to open the file.

when You open a folder on SharePoint,it adds + sign URL which is real culprit here. Plus signs in a URL are a No-No.

http://www.powerobjects.com/blog/2010/02/03/sharepoint-hates-plus-signs/

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    So could you provide a suggestion as how to fix this issue, rather than just confirm it?... – Andrey Markeev Aug 27 '14 at 16:32
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    +1 to Andrey's comment. I reviewed the links you listed above and more before I posted my question, but found them to not help. – Jason Friend Aug 27 '14 at 16:48
  • did you try to open the site in sharepoint designer? try it....how many folders you have? share the complete error. – Waqas Sarwar MVP Aug 27 '14 at 18:05
  • Also try to create a new folder with + sign and see if you able to access it. – Waqas Sarwar MVP Aug 27 '14 at 18:51
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Try renaming the folder in windows explorer.

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  • See my original question. I state how that didn't work. – Jason Friend Aug 27 '14 at 16:45

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