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windows 7Sometimes, while you try to open, rename, view or delete a file in Windows 7 and Vista you might encounter the following error: “The File Name(s) Would Be Too Long for the Destination Folder. You can shorten the file name and try again or try a location that has a shorter path” (Destination Path Too Long issue). Despite this error might look quite inexplicable and difficult to solve, it is sufficient to read the error message carefully to know exactly what to do!. So, let’s see how to fix this issue in a couple of steps. 

As the error message says, you’ll only have to rename the file name and assign to it a shorter name. If, after you have tried to shorten the name you still continue getting the message, follow this procedure:

  1. Go to the folder where the file is located. Ex.: C:\Users\Your Username\Desktop\File_Name\
  2. Move the file to a shorter path such as C: for example.
  3. Try to delete or modify the file now.

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4 Comments to “How to Fix “The File Name(s) Would Be Too Long for the Destination Folder” Error”

  1. stevenManilov Says:

    Long path tool will help you to solve this problem.

  2. JuliaBrin Says:

    I suggest that you try using the Long Path Tool, it will help you solve this kind of problem. I have also encountered this one, but then through this Long Path Tool, I managed the situation well.

  3. John Says:

    Best way to fix it? GET A Mac! I’ve been using MS products since 77, so don’t say that I am a Mac biggot. I am sick and tired of copying directories to an NTFS external drive from my Mac only to discover that Windows complains about the length. AND, as far as I can tell, there is no easy way to fix the problem other than go back to the Mac and shorten the name/path.

    MS: Get A CLUE – This is a problem for MANY users! FIX IT!

  4. AttilaNab Says:

    Hello. i was also having the same issue but Long Path Tool helped me in this situation. You can see here PathTooDeep.com. It might help you.
    Thanks and Regards,

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