Help, only allowing short filenames

October 19, 2009 at 07:01:35
Specs: Windows XP
I've been naming pdf's that I use for work for years with a reference number and address. Today, for no apparent reason I can't name any pdf's any longer than 7 characters. I'm not using any strange characters or doing anything different to what I've been doing for ages. I'm using adobe reader. Please help, or I'll be unemployable soon.

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October 19, 2009 at 08:23:38
Just move the file to the root directory. Once you moved it you will be able to give it up to 256 characters.

The 256 character (really 255 to be exact) counts the root directory letter followed by slash, colon, folder name, colon, subfolder name, and so on then finally the file itself. Be aware that any file with long file name (LFN) that exceeded the 255 limitation will be truncated.


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October 19, 2009 at 08:36:48
Hey XP, that can't be the OP's issue. I have hundreds of PDF files that are in sub-directories and have long file names. Placing all PDF files in the root directory doesn't sound like a good solution.

Red, I am not sure why you are now having that problem but I would guess that something has changed in your system to cause it.

Possibly an update.

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October 19, 2009 at 15:07:50
I wonder if the problem is not 'renaming' the files, but ''using' them once they are renamed.

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