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Filename too long - MS Word

Posted on 2009-07-08
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a Word 2003 document with a file name that is too long.
> Now I cannot open or rename this document. When I right click on the
> document, I get an abbreviated menu that does not include rename. When try
> to open the document, nothing happens. Any way to correct this and get my
> document back? Thanks.
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by:gsnshankar
ID: 24810435
try renaming the file in command prompt. This would not be a problem of MS Office. and might be  a problem of OS. Any file with a lenthy name sometimes doesn't open.

Try renaming the file using Cmd prompt-> Ren command.

Hope you know the steps?
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by:gsnshankar
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Start--> Run-->Type cmd


Cmd widow opens

Type CD and drog drop the particular folder(that the file exist) into the cmd window..

U would get the result as CD "the path of the directory"

Now delete those double quotes and press enter.

Then type dir

If the filename is say, thisisalongfilename.doc, the short name would be the first 6 chars followed by ~1 (~ is a tilde), in this case thisis~1.doc

Then type REN "thisis~1.doc" "short.doc"
Hope this will help
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gsnshankar earned 250 total points
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Hope u got the query here..and must have got the solution already
http://help.wugnet.com/office/Help-open-rename-doc-long-file-ftopict837545.html
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by:dowhelpdesk
ID: 24810604
Thanks for your advice but it did not work
I'd rename the folder of that doc and then went back in and then it allowed me to rename the doc with the long file name.
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by:gsnshankar
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Yes.. That is the solution provided in that link.. Anyway.. Regards..
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by:dowhelpdesk
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thanks for the link
it was very helpful
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