You try to copy, move, delete, or rename a file or a folder, and you get a message similar to this:
The reason for this is that the maximum file path in Windows environments is 260 characters. This includes everything from the drive letter (“X”) to the file extension (“.docx”).
Note: Unfortunately, there is no way to change this Windows-imposed maximum file path limit.
- Shorten the names of your folders and files
- Not nest files so deeply within folders.
- Stanford University has a very nice write-up on best practices for file naming.
Note: as long as you keep your naming convention the same, you will continue to encounter this issue.