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Version 4: the future

Major new tools, significant upgrades to current components and lightening fast folder listings.

  • Find and rename problem files: bad paths, illegal characters, Linux & iOS (Mac) characters.
  • Check files and folders for compliance with different file systems e.g., NTFS, Fat-16, Fat-32, eFat, CDs, iOS, Linux and custom.
    Know if the files are right before you copy.
  • Delete files no matter their length or how they are named.
  • Powerful renaming with RegEx e.g. change 'Romeo Smith' into 'Smith, Romeo' and much more.
  • Lightening fast directory listing no matter how large the folder.
  • Detailed reports for copy errors.
  • Variable text size for views and dialogs.
  • and many more improvements and fixes..


See the V4 preview here.

Update May 2017

A May 2017 Microsft security update for Windows 10 conflicted with a major routine in FileBoss resulting in FileBoss not starting on some Windows 10 systems.

The current download, V3.101, fixes the problem. You can read more about this at the page
Windows Creators Conflict.


Working with iOS/nix Filenames

Three views of Apple Characters


The Apple Mac (iOS) computers and other Unix based operating systems allow a number of characters to be used in filenames that are illegal in the Windows world (these are listed in the first section below).

In addition files with these names can be stored on Windows Servers, NAS systems and other storage media that can be accessed by both Windows and Apple computers creating a real headache for System Administrators and Windows users who will see strange characters (typically a dot or a bar) for every character Windows considers illegal.

FileBoss takes the hassle out of working with Mac filenames on Windows systems with the following tools and features.

  • Viewing iOS/nix filenames normally in both Explore and Virtual Folder tabs
  • ViewingiOS/nix filenames using meta-characters for the illegal characters
  • Searching based on filenames can now include searching for special iOS/nixcharacters such as the backslash, slash and double quote marks (just to name a few)
  • The ability to convert Mac characters into other characters or strings for Windows compatibility through FileBoss's traditional search and replace renaming routine.
  • Special characters can be replaced (and yes, even added to filenames) during inline editing (F2) of filenames.


Viewing Special Characters

Control how special characters are displayed

FileBoss displays the special Apple iOS filename characters in one of three ways. The different views are set using the View > iOS/nix filenames > commands from the main menu.

The default view is to show the characters as what they are such as an asterisk, backslash or other character.

The normal Windows view shows the characters as they are shown in Windows Explorer and other file managers - normally as a dot or bar character depending on the system font. All of the special characters are displayed with the same dot or bar so there is no way to tell which is which.

The meta view shows the Mac characters between left and right chevrons. For example the backslash would be displayed as <\>. This is useful when entering a Mac Character in a search or when renaming a file since just entering a bare backslash would not be accepted by Windows.

Three views of Apple Mac (iOS) filenames in Windows

More about working with Mac filenames on Windows using FileBoss

For details on how to find these names, how to rename them, and even how to create them click one of the following links:





Description (used by Windows for)




Used by Windows to separate path elements




Reserved, can be used in some places as a backslash




Wild-card to match any string in searches

Question Mark



Wild-card to match any single character in searches

L. Chevron



Used internally and by DOS subsystem

R. Chevron



Used internally and by DOS subsystem

Dbl. Quote



Used to enclose parameters that contain spaces




Used internally and by DOS subsystem

Apple Logo



Not used by Windows, a special Mac Character

Trailing period



In Windows filenames can not end with a period

Trailing space


a space

In Windows filenames can not end with a space

ANSI 1-31




Not allowed by Windows


*font = what is displayed is dependent on the font the system is using.