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For a Microsoft Office 2000 version of this article, see 325573
When you open specific files in Microsoft Office Excel 2007, you receive the following error message if the files are in folders that have long names:
When you open specific files that are in folders that have long folder names in Microsoft Word 2002, Microsoft PowerPoint 2002, Microsoft Access 2002, Microsoft Excel 2002, and Microsoft Outlook 2002, you receive one of the following error messages:
'<filename>.<extension>' could not be found. Check the spelling of the file name, and verify that the file location is correct. If you are trying to open the file from your list of most recently used files on the File menu, make sure that the file has not been renamed, moved, or deleted.
Filename is not valid.
The file could not be accessed.
The path you entered, , is too long. Enter a shorter path.
File Name could not be found. Check the spelling of the filename, and verify that the file location is correct.
This behavior occurs because the 2007 Office suites, Microsoft Office 2003, and Microsoft Office XP have a character limitation of 256 characters for folder names.
To resolve this behavior, make sure that the path of the file contains less than 256 characters. To do this, use one of the following methods:
You also receive the error messages that are described in the "Symptoms" section of this article when you save or open a file that meets the following situations:
Article ID: 326039 - Last Review: July 9, 2007 - Revision: 4.2