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    Long clip art name

    I download some clip art to play about with in Publisher 2000.

    I named most of it from the web site just copied the name that was on the site and pasted it in.

    But one piece had a very long name, and that is where the problem comes in.

    I cannot open it I am told "Name to long try a shorter name" Cannot rename it get the same answer. Cannot delete it get the same answer. Cannot use Wise Force Delete the menu on the programme says "Gets rid of any file that can't be deleted by Windows" but not this one.

    This is the file name

    clipart_illustration_of_a_businessman_reading_a_li st_with_a_surprised_look_on_his_face_he_is_smoking _a_cigar_0521-1012-0921-2200_SMU

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    Have you tried using del in command prompt? Right click on the windows logo and select command prompt. Navigate to where the file is and try deleting it.
    You can use dir /x to see if it has a short name (would be of the form clipar~1). If it has then you could try using that to delete it (or possibly rename it).
    Good luck
    What do you mean nothing is impossible? I've been doing nothing for years.

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    Never done anything like that, had a look at the command prompt, but I don't know where to start thanks any way

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    1). Fire up File Explorer (sometimes called Windows Explorer);
    2). Find the clipart folder (it might be in My Pictures, or in one of the MS Office clipart folders);
    3). In the left hand window, point at the folder containing the clipart and [Shift-Right Click];
    4). Click Open Command Window Here;
    5). In the command window, type this:

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    del clipart_illustration_of_a_businessman_reading_a_list*.*
    That should do it!
    Last edited by BHarder; 2017-02-24 at 12:56. Reason: Edited mouse button instruction.

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    You can also rename it so you can open it.
    Step 5, type this: clipart_illustration_of_a_businessman_reading_a_li st*.* business_surprise.*

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    Quote Originally Posted by BHarder View Post
    1). Fire up File Explorer (sometimes called Windows Explorer);
    2). Find the clipart folder (it might be in My Pictures, or in one of the MS Office clipart folders);
    3). In the left hand window, point at the folder containing the clipart and [Shift-Right Click];
    4). Click Open Command Window Here;
    5). In the command window, type this:

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    del clipart_illustration_of_a_businessman_reading_a_list*.*
    That should do it!
    Well, I didn't know you could get to a particular folder in the Command Prompt that way. It beats having to type a long screed on how to do this - enter (without quotes) "cd foldername" etc etc!
    It will be interesting to see if del (or rename) works with this file using wildcards.
    What do you mean nothing is impossible? I've been doing nothing for years.

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    What you have provided is something that looks like a long string of characters but which is really two strings. You have a space in the middle.

    Did it look like this?
    Last edited by dogberry; 2017-02-24 at 15:00. Reason: corrected link

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    Quote Originally Posted by dogberry View Post
    What you have provided is something that looks like a long string of characters but which is really two strings. You have a space in the middle.
    There's a bug in the forum editor/composer where it adds a space after the 25th character, most frequently seen with Regedit strings.

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    I didn't know you could get to a particular folder in the Command Prompt that way.
    Yeah, it's a great convenience. However it doesn't always work and I don't know why. For instance I have trouble with this technique in Windows 10. One restriction is that you cannot point to folders in the right hand window and I dislike that; I value interface consistency and this is an inconsistency. In Windows XP there was a utility that added this to your menus but that utility is apparently obsolete now.

    It will be interesting to see if del (or rename) works with this file using wildcards.
    I'm quite sure it will work; in fact, when you've managed to box yourself into a corner with a long filename, wildcards are often the only thing that will work. They have saved me on many occasions!

    Last edited by BHarder; 2017-02-26 at 04:30. Reason: Fixed quote attribute

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    Your description of your starting-point for the search was pretty vague. Did you go to Microsoft Office Tools - Microsoft Clip Organizer to look for it, or is the clip organizer part of your workflow at all?

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    Quote Originally Posted by satrow View Post
    There's a bug in the forum editor/composer where it adds a space after the 25th character, most frequently seen with Regedit strings.
    Does this mean The Lounge is providing alternative facts?
    Last edited by dogberry; 2017-02-26 at 17:42.

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    No alt facts here - we've banned the NYT so it's fixed!

    cheers, Paul

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    try this
    https://www.sevenforums.com/tutorial...ght-click.html
    and this
    https://www.sevenforums.com/tutorial...nistrator.html

    The former is what I found works. Its for W7 but works in WX.
    Remember the old PowerToys? That had a similiar thing for XP

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    This might be better and does not (apparently judging by the notes) clobber the Take Ownership context menu hack.
    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/...dows-10-a.html
    Last edited by wavy; 2017-02-27 at 14:36.
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    An update. Darned if I didn't face a very similar situation this weekend, and my wildcard solution did not work! So much for my confidence in that technique...

    Both the GUI and the command line consistently reported "Cannot find file", even though they could list the file. Argh!

    However I did finally work up a solution that was successful. What I did was to move the containing folder into a temporary folder much closer to the root. This seems to have shortened the Fully Qualified File Name enough and then I was able to work on the long filename directly. Once I got that done I moved the containing folder back to it's original location and all was well.

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    Did you use dir /x to see if it had a short name? I've just tried and there are some short names. Obviously it depends on the length of the name of the containing folder - does anyone know the length that problems start occurring? The max length still seems to be 260 characters as far as I can see.
    What do you mean nothing is impossible? I've been doing nothing for years.

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