Error messages while attempting to open Office document

If a user attempts to open a file in MS Office programs that belong to “Applies to” section the file will not open and he/she might obtain the following error messages:

  • Filename is not valid. The file could not be accessed.
  • The path you entered, ‘filename’, is too long. Enter a shorter path.
  • Filename could not be found. Check the spelling of the filename, and verify that the file location is correct.
  • A DDE error has occurred, and a description of the error cannot be displayed because it is too long. If the filename or path is long, try renaming the file or copying it to a different folder.

The problem may appear in the following Microsoft products: MS Office PowerPoint 2003, Microsoft Office Word 2003, MS Office Excel 2003, Microsoft Office Word 2007, MS Office Excel 2007, MS Office PowerPoint 2007, Microsoft Word 2010, MS Excel 2010, MS PowerPoint 2010 and also the newer once – Microsoft Word 2013 Microsoft Excel 2013, MS PowerPoint 2013.

Path too long problem’s causes and solution

This specific problem is caused by 259-character limitation established for creating and saving files in the Office products. For MS Word, MS Power Point and MS Access this limit is 259 characters and for MS Excel – 218 characters of filename including the extension. This limitation actually embraces the three characters representing the drive, folder name, the backslash character between folders, and file name.

ABTO Software’s path too long utility is a perfect tool for solving all kinds of file management problems in Windows – based operation systems. This long path error fixer possesses a straightforward interface is fast and highly effective and can be used with all types of MS Office products.

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