If you click Run on the Start menu and then type a command including a
long filename with an embedded space in the Run dialog box, one of the
following symptoms may occur:
- You receive the following error message:
Cannot find <filename> (or one of its components). Make sure the
path and filename are correct and that all required libraries are
- An incorrect folder is opened or the wrong file is run.
Commands containing long filenames with embedded space characters must
be enclosed in quotation marks in the Run dialog box.
Note that long filenames that do not contain embedded spaces are
To resolve this issue, use either of the following methods:
- To use a command including a long filename with an embedded space
character in the Run dialog box, you must enclose the entire command
in quotation marks. For example, to run the command
you must type the following line in the Run dialog box (including the
- In the Run dialog box, use the 8.3 alias for any folder or filename
that contains embedded spaces. For example, instead of typing
in the Run dialog box, you could type:
In this example, "progra~1" is the 8.3 alias for the long filename
This behavior is by design.
When you type a long filename with embedded spaces without quotation
marks in the Run dialog box, the filename is truncated at the first
space when the command is processed.
Article ID: 139427 - Last Review: November 15, 2006 - Revision: 1.1
- Microsoft Windows 95
- Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
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