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Windows 7: Win7 truncates filenames with "." in it..

30 Nov 2010   #1
Struggling7User

Windows 7 Enterprise x32
 
 
Win7 truncates filenames with "." in it..

I've recently upgraded to Windows 7. My company uses files that have version numbering such as "Customer Filename v1.0.xlsx" In previous versions of Windows (Vista and XP), there's no problem with this. But with Windows 7, the filename keeps getting truncated to "Customer Filename v1", which means each time i need to go into Explorer to rename the file.

I've already turned off the "Hide extensions for known file types" but this still happens. Any idea how to get around this?

An example of when this happens is.. when printing a file to PDF, instead of saving a file named "Customer Filename v1.0.pdf", I get instead "Customer Filename v1.pdf"

Help??


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30 Nov 2010   #2
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Are you sure the filenames are not too long? Windows usually limits file names to 260 characters. But the file name must actually be shorter than that, since the complete path (such as C:\Program Files\filename.txt) is included in this character count.

Just to test, create a file with a smaller name and all those version numbers and see if it is saved properly.
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30 Nov 2010   #3
Dzomlija

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Struggling7User View Post
I've recently upgraded to Windows 7. My company uses files that have version numbering such as "Customer Filename v1.0.xlsx" In previous versions of Windows (Vista and XP), there's no problem with this. But with Windows 7, the filename keeps getting truncated to "Customer Filename v1", which means each time i need to go into Explorer to rename the file.

I've already turned off the "Hide extensions for known file types" but this still happens. Any idea how to get around this?

An example of when this happens is.. when printing a file to PDF, instead of saving a file named "Customer Filename v1.0.pdf", I get instead "Customer Filename v1.pdf"

Help??
This is not a problem with Windows, but rather the PDF printing software you are using. I use BullZip PDF Printer. And I just ran a test by printing a tutorial page from our sister site, VistaForums:

1) I issued the Print command, and selected the "Bullzip PDF Printer"
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2) I clicked the icon to specify a filename, and typed "Advanced Search Tutorial v1.0" (without the quotes):
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3) I then clicked Save:
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4) The file was created properly on the desktop, with the filename I specified:
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So I'm thinking perhaps your PDF printing software needs to be updated?

There is one workaround that you can try. When specifying the filename to save, enclose it in quotes before you click save. For example:
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You can try excluding the ".pdf" from the filename "Customer Filename v1.0" in the Save As dialog, but if what I suspect is tru, the you may not be able to open it until you use explorer to re-attach the .pdf extension.


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30 Nov 2010   #4
Struggling7User

Windows 7 Enterprise x32
 
 

Thanks for the replies..
@Bill2..
- its definitely not the filename length. There's no problem at all whatsoever if in Vista or XP. Its only since moving to Windows 7 that this problem is encountered.

@Domlija..
- not sure if its to do with the PDF writer (I user CutePDF) as there are other instances where this problem occurs.

More info..
My company uses a mix of machines, some have been upgraded, some not. There are still Windows XP and Windows Vista users whom i send and receive files from. I've noticed some of them have started to send me file attachments with the 'version numbering' minus the period ".".. ie.. "Customer Filename v1 0.whatever"

So far, we've been experiencing truncated filenames with all sorts of software including MS Office apps (versions 2003, 2007).

Wondering if there is any configuration somewhere that i'm missing probably in Windows Explorer or something?? As mentioned previously, have already disabled "Hide extensions for known file types".
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30 Nov 2010   #5
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I can confirm that it is Cute PDF that truncates the file names, not Windows 7.
I use Cute PDF and this happens all the time.
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30 Nov 2010   #6
Trucidation

 

If this is a problem with the virtual PDF printer, may I suggest Primo PDF? It does convert extended ASCII characters to underscores if I'm not mistaken, but multiple periods in the filename should be fine.

PrimoPDF
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30 Nov 2010   #7
allend66

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 OEM --> RTM clean install
 
 

But did the OP not state in the first post that he had an Excel file truncated aswell?
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30 Nov 2010   #8
Dzomlija

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by allend66 View Post
But did the OP not state in the first post that he had an Excel file truncated aswell?
I've just tried it with Excel, and the problem does not happen. So I'm guessing there must be some sort of conflict going on here that we have not yet discovered...

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30 Nov 2010   #9
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

The OP stated:
Quote:
An example of when this happens is.. when printing a file to PDF, instead of saving a file named "Customer Filename v1.0.pdf", I get instead "Customer Filename v1.pdf"
I gathered the name changed when he printed to PDF using Cute PDF writer. This happens with Cute that's why another poster suggested Primo. So I assumed this was a Cute PDF problem not a Windows 7 or Excel Problem!
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30 Nov 2010   #10
Struggling7User

Windows 7 Enterprise x32
 
 

@mitchell65.. thank you. CutePDF does consistently truncate the filename. Have installed on your recommendation, BullZIP PDF and it works fine now.

@ALL.. Thanks for all your responses. For the time being, have solved the PDF filenames being truncated. Will monitor some more to determine exact sequence of events that leads to filenames of other apps being truncated. Suspect it might be mix of O/S and MSOffice versions in company's environment, but will confirm and post some more when more details available.
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