# Long Filenames or Paths with Spaces Require Quotation Marks

## Symptoms

The following error message is given when specifying long filenames or paths with spaces in Windows NT:

The system cannot find the file specified

## Cause

Long filenames or paths with spaces are supported by NTFS in Windows NT. However, these filenames or directory names require quotation marks around them when they are specified in a command prompt operation. Failure to use the quotation marks results in the error message.

## Resolution

Use quotation marks when specifying long filenames or paths with spaces. For example, typing the following at the command prompt

copy c:\my file name d:\my new file name
results in the following error message:

The system cannot find the file specified.

The correct syntax is:

copy "c:\my file name" "d:\my new file name"
Note that the quotation marks must be used.