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Windows 10 - identify and shorten or delete long file names

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For Windows 10, i have folders and files that I cannot delete or remove because the name is too long.
Is there a utility I can use to perform this task?
Thank you.
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE
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Total Commander is a great file manager that can do it:
http://ghisler.com/

As a disclaimer, I want to emphasize that I have no affiliation with this company and no financial interest in it whatsoever. I am simply a happy user/customer. Regards, Joe
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Joe,
Thank you for your quick reply.
Will Total Commander also search and identify long file names and automatically rename them to shorter names?
Thank you.

Thomas Jue
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Joe Winograd, EE MVE earned 300 total points
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I don't know. Been using the product for around 20 years, but never needed to do that. My primary use in the area of long file names has been in telling it to "Keep name" when copying files and getting this dialog:

test long file name
Regards, Joe
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by:McKnife
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There is a trick that will overcome all long path problems.
1 Create a new folder c:\test
2 execute the following command
robocopy c:\test c:\yourlongpath /mir

If it does not seem to succeed at once, it has to be repeated (really!) a few times.
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This util https://pathlengthchecker.codeplex.com/ will find paths too long for you.

It was created by a user at http://xxxckoverflow.com/questions/12697259/how-do-i-find-files-with-a-path-length-greater-than-260-characters-in-windows.

Replace the xxx with sta if you wish to use the link above.
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Thanks to all of you for your quick responses.
I appreciate your help with this nerve racking problem.
It is wonderful to be a member of experts-exchange.

Thomas Jue
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by:ThomasJue
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Thank you very much for your quick response.  
You're great!
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE
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You're welcome, Thomas. Happy to help. And thanks to you for the kind words. Regards, Joe
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Be aware that my suggestion works without tools that you will eventually have to buy licenses for :-)
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