pdf file name limititation

New Here ,
Feb 14, 2017

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Hi, is there any workaround for the filename length limit (I believe it's 100 characters?) when creating a new .pdf document?

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~graffiti Most Valuable Participant , Feb 14, 2017
It's my understanding that the filename length limit is 260 characters for windows and is determined by the OS and not Reader or any other application.

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It's my understanding that the filename length limit is 260 characters for windows and is determined by the OS and not Reader or any other application.

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thanks for response graffiti

my problem seems to occur when trying to move or copy a pdf file between different folders (I'm on VISTA Home Prem OS, I know, I know...) The length of filename is 97 characters long, including spaces and .pdf. I was able to copy and paste the full file name into my Documents folder, but when tried to do same into a sub-folder, only a max of 58 characters would paste?

I'm obviously not that versed here, but doesn't make sense.

Any thoughts?

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You may want to ask in a forum for Vista since this really doesn't seem to involve Adobe Reader. Good luck.

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Windows 10 and Server 2016 allow for extended path names (gpedit, local computer policy, computer configuration, administrative templates, system, filesystem, enable win32 long paths), but the app must support it (manifested win32 apps).

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New Here ,
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I'm experiencing this issue.  I'm using Windows 10 and the naming convention limitation after installing Adobe Acrobat Reader is 55 characters.  My .pdf file naming convention includes long descriptions that exceed this limitation (why - assists with limiting search results when searching in windows explorer).  Windows allowed me to name the files with the names that exceed 55 characters, however, when I try opening in AR I get a message that access is denied.  When I shortened the file name, the file opens fine.   I like to program but this is an issue that will cause me to revert back to opening the file in Edge or Chrome instead.  I hope someone from Adobe will chime in on this issue....

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Windows 10 and Server 2016 allow for extended path names (gpedit, local computer policy, computer configuration, administrative templates, system, filesystem, enable win32 long paths), but the app must support it (manifested win32 apps).

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chademclean, we've discovered the exact same flaw in Adobe Reader.  Shorten the file name and the file will open in Reader as expected.  Lengthen the file name and Reader throws and access denied message.

 

There is no problem using an alternative to Reader (like Foxit Reader) but we want to stay with adobe since we pay for it.

 

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Feb 21, 2021

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Hi
Adobe Acrobat and Reader official update (21.001.20135) containing the fix for this issue is now available.

This update will be automatically pushed to all existing installations of Acrobat and Reader. You may also manually trigger the update early by opening the application and going to Help > Check for Updates.
More information about this release is here: https://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/release-note/release-notes-acrobat-reader.html
Please try it out and let us know your feedback!

Thanks!

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