Error message while opening an Office file with long folder name

Very often while using Microsoft products including MS Word, Microsoft Access, MS Powerpoint and MS Excel users come across the error messages like:

  • Filename is not valid.
  • The file could not be accessed.
  • The path you entered, ‘<filename>’, is too long. Enter a shorter path.
  • File Name could not be found. Check the spelling of the filename, and verify that the file location is correct.

These types of error messages are obtained when a user wants to open a file which is contained in a folder that has a long filename.

 “<Filename> could not be found. Check the spelling of the file name, and verify that the file location is correct” error may appear when a user attempts to open or save a file in Microsoft Excel 2007.

Rename filenames too long Filenames too long error reasons and solution

 These long path errors occurs in 2007 Office applications, MS Office 2003, MS Office XP due to standard Windows based OS character limitation for folder names – 256 characters.

Actually, these errors may be truly irritating and disturb normal work in office or at home. Frequently you need those files for work immediately and don’t have time to search for an appropriate solution. ABTO Software delivers an extremely effective path too long utility which can be used in this case for easy opening and deleting those folders and files.

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