22 January 2014 · 1 minute read
Here’s a possible file naming system focused on helping you find files using search and making them easily sortable by date.
20140122_141200-CPM2014_003-lang_en-title-of-file.txt | | | | | | | | | | --------------- ----------- | | ------------- | | Date & Time Code | | Title | | | | | | Language Extension
Date & Time: ISO 8601 (YYYYMMDDhhmmss) This lets you filter by date automatically in any computer file system.
Code: Anything you want for the particular set of documents. Best to keep it consistent. Here’s a post with more ideas.
Language: ISO 639-1 (langu_en). The underscore means you can search for lang_en to find all files in English.
Title: The title of the file with hyphens (minus signs) instead of spaces, which makes it harder to read but%20avoids%20ugly%20URLs when spaces are encoded in most systems and software, and also makes the file easier to find. Try to keep file names as short and simple as possible.
Extension: File extensions - txt, pdf, doc, xls, ppt, etc.
It is very helpful to have an auto text-expanding application installed in your computer, which lets you type datetime followed by the TAB key and automatically insert the current date and time in a defined format.