Fix for the “This file name is too long” error message in Explorer.exe when try to open/play, delete or edit the contents of any file.

This strange error appears when you try to open some file inside some folder.

Instead of opening the file, this stupid error appears. It has an OK and close button with an error message. Is that so?

Here is a screenshot of it.

solve The file name is too long error fix

In most cases, it happens when you download a package or archive (ZIP, TGZ etc.) and extract it to your local disk. Everything seems fine, but you are surprised when try to open some file in extracted folder and this error message appears.

Long file name error message usually arises with a packed set of video course files, but not always.

Why Long File Name Error Occurs?

The main reason behind this error message is a Windows file and folder naming convention.

Every operating system has its own policy for maximum character length allowed to name a folder or file. Minimum and maximum allowed character limit of a specific operating system may not be compatible with others. Though not mostly, but it could matter.

Chances are that the file having long file name problem was named and then packed or compiled in some other operating system rather than Windows OS.

This is a kind of fake error. Windows gets confused with such file name due to its file name conventions or some core policy.

No Way Out!

Perhaps the first idea that made you smile was, “It says file name is too long, so I can cut some words of the file name to make it short”. Seems really simple. But then you might be annoyed to discover that file doesn’t have file rename option. Sounds really fool.

The filename may not be as long as compared to other files on your computer that work well despite of long name. Then what’s wrong with this file?

Well, let’s forgive that poor file for scaring us, and find some way to open it. That’s in favor of you and your file (:

How to Fix ‘This file name is too long’ Error?

The solution to this stupid error is also a bit silly. However, it is tried and it worked on every time.

  1. You just need to follow the following steps:
  2. Open the folder that contains the long name error file.
  3. Go to the first parent folder (the folder containing this file) and rename the folder to a very short name, 2 or 3 characters are enough. For Example, the problematic file named ‘our_intro.mp4’ exists in the folder ‘Chapter_01 A Brief Introduction of Our Well Known Well Established Company’. You need to change this folder name to some very short name such as ‘Int’ or any other short name.
  4. Now open the file, and it should open without any problem or error message.

That’s it. Enjoy your files now. But before leaving, please spare a few seconds to feedback if you liked it.

If you still face the same error, ask us in the comments below. We’ll be pleased to help you solve your problem.

 

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