Acrobat Not Allowing Longer File Names

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Jul 26, 2022 Jul 26, 2022

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Recently, when exporting an InDesign document to a PDF or going to rename an Acrobat PDF File I keep getting "the file name or path is too long" 

 

This has not been an issue in the past, as I have current file names longer than what I was trying to do. It seems it won't let me go over 25 characters 

 

Is this new? Am I missing some setting? Why am I just experiencing this in the past two weeks? 

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Adobe Community Professional , Jul 29, 2022 Jul 29, 2022

 

@Kayla23844191kdnc wrote:

"When I go to combine files and save them as a new PDF I get 'The file path is too long. Please specify a shorter file name or save to a location that has a shorter path.' "

 

@Test Screen Name is correct that it is the total length of the path. See this Microsoft help file for details:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/win32/fileio/naming-a-file

 

Jane

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 26, 2022 Jul 26, 2022

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I'm guessing that this issue is one of your operating system, not Acrobat itself. Are you saving to a network location (which may have a lengthy path involved?  The more you can tell us, the better chance we have of figuring it out.

My best,

Dave

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Jul 26, 2022 Jul 26, 2022

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Hi Kayla,

 

Thanks for reaching out.

 

Recently, when exporting an InDesign document to a PDF or going to rename an Acrobat PDF File I keep getting "the file name or path is too long" 

 

Are you getting this error with the files exported from Indesign only? How about opening a PDF file from within Acrobat? 

Also, have you started experiencing this issue recently after installing a new patch for applications or Windows?

 

Would you mind sharing the version of the Adobe Acrobat/Reader you are using? To check the version, go to Help > about Acrobat and ensure you have the recent version 22.001.20169  installed. Go to Help > Check for updates and reboot the computer once (you must save all the work before restarting)

https://www.adobe.com/devnet-docs/acrobatetk/tools/ReleaseNotesDC/index.html 

 

This has not been an issue in the past, as I have current file names longer than what I was trying to do. It seems it won't let me go over 25 characters 

 

 

Can you share the exact error message, please? It might be 255, not 25 characters. 

 

 

Thanks,

Akanchha 

 

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When I go to combine files and save them as a new PDF I get "The file path is too long. Please specify a shorter file name or save to a location that has a shorter path." - I have not had a problem saving here in the past

 

When I go to InDesign and try to export I get "The file name you have entered is too long - try something shorter"

 

I am saving all my documents to a Microsoft Teams Group Folder with the following path (lots of folders for organization-took out actual name of path): C:\Users\xxxxx xxxxxx\teamxx namexx\xxxxx - xxxxxxxx (xxxxxxxxx, xxxxxxxx, xxxx)\xxx xxxxxxx xxxxxxxxx - xxxxxxxxxxxx, xxxxxxx, xxxxxxx xxxxxxx\xxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxx\xxxxxxxxxxxx xxx xxxxxxxxx\xxxxxxxxx-xxxxxxx xxxxxxxx

 

When I go to open current files with too long of a name I get an "There was an error opening this document. Access Denied" notification, if I shorten the file name it will open. 

 

However, this has never been a problem and I have the current version of Acrobat 

 

Is the path name too long? How long can a path name be?

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Jul 26, 2022 Jul 26, 2022

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Path name limits aren't on the name only, but the total length. You need to look at the parent directory, which may have been renamed, made longer, or moved into another folder.

c:\This folder name\this too\and this very long folder name as well\plus this one long or\short\all add up to the limit of however many characters it is.pdf

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@Kayla23844191kdnc wrote:

"When I go to combine files and save them as a new PDF I get 'The file path is too long. Please specify a shorter file name or save to a location that has a shorter path.' "

 

@Test Screen Name is correct that it is the total length of the path. See this Microsoft help file for details:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/win32/fileio/naming-a-file

 

Jane

 

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