How to deal with 255 characters filename limitations and delete files

A filename is a specific name used for unique identification of a computer files which are stored in file system. Various file systems establish different filename length restrictions and allowed characters used for the filenames. For example Unix and Linux have a limit of 255 characters in length, while Unix filename doesn’t need to have a file extension.

The Mac OS 9 has a restriction of 31 characters, while Mac OS X allows longer file names, up to 256 characters in length. Speaking about widely-used Windows operation system it only allows for 255 characters which include the entire path length, not only the filename. Path length is the total number of instructions executed from point A to point B in a program.

Filenames too long error

If the system encounters a path length exceeding the established limit, it will issue a warning message such as file name too long to delete, cannot delete file path too long, error 1320 the path is too long etc. So before you execute a further action – you’ll get the operation failure. Sometimes Explorer is able to deal with these limitations if you’re just browsing through these files and folders using short name format. But if you try to move or copy the file you’ll surely see an “error 1320 the path is too long” on your screen. Actually, Windows limits file names to 260 characters. But the file name must be shorter, since the complete path (such as C:\Program Files\filename.txt) is included into this character count.

Delete Long File Names Utility

Path too long tool is able to cope with such Windows OS filename limitations just with few clicks. Now, a user can move, copy, remove and rename those annoying files and folders easily. You don’t have to waste time searching for the appropriate solution. Path too long software was designed specifically to deal with a set of Windows error messages like: file name is too long to delete, error 1320 the path is too long, cannot delete file path too long, destination path too long etc. Portable and convenient application will help you get rid of those mistakes at once and continue normal everyday work.

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