Cannot move Documents folder to new location Solved

  1.    24 Jul 2016 #1

    Cannot move Documents folder to new location

    Short version: I'm getting an error message when I attempt to move my Documents folder to a new location (same volume):The folder can't be moved here...The filename or extension is too long (see attachment).

    Longer version: I want to move my Documents, Videos, and Pictures folders so they are subfolders of my recently installed Dropbox folder. I'm using the Properties tab from Windows Explorer to do this. I did the following:
    1. Created new folders called Documents, Videos, and Pictures within the Dropbox folder
    2. Navigated within Explorer to users/username, right clicked the folder I wanted to move, chose Properties, and selected Move, then chose the destination (newly created folder in Dropbox folder) and clicked "Apply"
    3. When I did this with the Videos folder, everything was fine, and the folder (and contents) were moved as expected. When selecting the Videos shortcut in the sidebar, I'm taken to the new folder, as I had hoped.
    4. When I did this with the Documents folder, I got the error message described above. The message appeared immediately upon clicking "Apply," without the move process actually beginning, so it doesn't feel as if this is a case of the system finding a file with a long name someplace down the folder tree.

    Any help in resolving this would be appreciated.

    (My apologies for the orientation of the attachment...the rotation flag must not be respected upon upload)
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  3.    24 Jul 2016 #3

    Thanks for the tip; this could be very helpful. However, one issue is that as far as I can see, the Long Path Fixer program does not IDENTIFY which file(s) have long path names (combination of path and file name). Since this is my document tree, there are thousands of files in hundreds of folders/subfolders, and I can't see any reasonable way to search for files that may be suffering from this issue.

    Any thoughts about that?
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  4.    24 Jul 2016 #4

    I'm no tech by any means but from the searches I've found is this issue may be caused if you did not install Dropbox thru the Windows Store. Also always be sure to reboot your computer when installing or uninstalling a program so it fully sets into the registry.
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  5.    24 Jul 2016 #5

    Odd that installing via the Windows Store would be different than downloading from the Dropbox site. But I'll give this a whirl. Thanks again.

    I also found a vbs script that recurses through a file tree and reports out the length of the file spec (path + name). Unfortunately, it doesn't traverse the entire tree I need but terminates with an error. Before exiting the longest file reported had a length of 241. The max seems to be 260, so the script exited before reaching any file that long, alas.
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  6.    25 Jul 2016 #6

    I was able to resolve the issue, and for the benefit of others, I will post what I did:

    1. Downloaded and ran a script (from Path Length Checker - Home) that was better than the one referenced in the Microsoft thread at It didn't terminate with an error and ran virtually instantly.

    2. Discovered from step 1 that I had about 30 files whose path lengths was over the (current) 260 character limit.

    3. Moved those files out of the Documents folder tree.

    4. Voilą! Relocating the Documents folder worked perfectly!

    (Note that there is a Windows 10 update in beta that is reputed to repeal the 260 character limit, though apparently one will have to turn the feature on manually).

    Thanks, much @letmein! Your tips led me in the right direction to find a solution, something which escaped me when I did a search myself.
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