My org file looks something like this:

* Space Radiation
** Gamma Ray Info 
   - file://Library\March 2015\Gamma Ray Radiation Fundamentals.pdf
   - some notes

However the title has spaces so the link stops at the first space. As I have literally thousands of collected papers and books that spaces in the name, adding %20 or even '+' to fill the space is a major task and also makes the linked document title difficult to read especially if you have several lines of such links.

Is there a way to work around this without having to change all the file names to convert or delete the spaces in the file name?

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    What are you using to highlight the urls/make links? Jun 9, 2015 at 19:34
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    Please clarify the question by describing exactly what you are doing to create the links you mention. Otherwise, the question risks being closed because it is unclear.
    – Drew
    Jun 9, 2015 at 23:00
  • I stepped in to remove a bunch of irrelevant details from the question and added code markup. Now it is at least clear why this is a question. Jun 11, 2015 at 12:33

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If you put the links in a file using org-mode (e.g. ending in .org), you can create links like this by:

[[file:d:/path/to/filename with spaces]]

I'm assuming you are on Windows, and this works for on Windows 8, Emacs 24.4.1.

  • After updating all that, Meaningful Username has the answer. It didn't initially work for me but a restart of my installation fixed that. Thanks. Org makes an amazing documentation organizer. Finding a piece of software that properly provides a text file with full path and name was a task. Regexp does the renaming.
    – Arjay-El
    Jun 10, 2015 at 15:37

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