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I have a user here who is getting the attached error when she tries to open specific Excel files on her computer (the path has been redacted for security). She is opening them through the tree, not using the recent document list.

If the files are copied to a folder on a remote drive, she can then open them again.

The user in question is running Windows 7 Pro SP1, with Office 2010 Standard.

The software has been repaired and re-installed. Both have had not effect. The drive has been repaired with Chkdsk /r. Also with no effect.

Anyone have any idea why she is getting this?
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Question by:Mdamon808
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by:Farzad Akbarnejad
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Hi,
Maybe she opens a shortcut file on the tree opened folders that that shortcut points to a invalid path of file. Look at her icons that she open and make sure that its a true physically file.

-FA
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by:Mdamon808
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Unfortunately, not.

I have confirmed that she is opening the real file and not a shortcut. I have done this with a VNC connection to her machine.

The file in question can also be copied to one of her mapped drives (mapped with Net Use) and she is able to open the file successfully. So it is not a bad shortcut or it would produce the same error message no matter where it was opened from.
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by:Rob Jurd, EE MVE
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Are the files downloaded?
Can you post more of the path because it's local and all I can think is it is in temporary files or internet cache.
If it's only someone's name in the path, black that out but I'll need to see the whole path to comment further
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by:MacroShadow
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Are all users experiencing this problem? Perhaps the file path is too long.
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Harry Lee earned 500 total points
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Mdamon808,

Please count the number of characters in the file path + file name.

For example,
'C:\Users\Johnson\Documents\Finance\Accounting\AAA Corporation\Financial Statement\2011 Year End\Finalized\Income Statement\Dec2011IS.xlsx'
would be counted as 139 characters.

If there is a ' enclosing the path because there is space in the part, you have the count the ' as well.

Windows has a path length limitation (including length of filename and extension) of 255 characters. If the full file path exceed 255 characters, windows cannot file the file in come cases, and will report file not found.
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by:Mdamon808
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Sure enough. After I asked the user in question about it, she checked and sure enough it was too long.
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