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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by patti, Feb 27, 2010.

  1. patti

    patti Flightless Bird

    I am dealing with sub-folder with sub-folder on down. The folders i want to
    use can be 10 or eleven levels down. nd many have long names.

    Can this cause any problems? I have had issues with excel and deep-down
    sub-folders.

    thank you.
     
  2. Shenan Stanley

    Shenan Stanley Flightless Bird

    patti wrote:
    > I am dealing with sub-folder with sub-folder on down. The folders i
    > want to use can be 10 or eleven levels down. nd many have long
    > names.
    >
    > Can this cause any problems? I have had issues with excel and
    > deep-down sub-folders.


    After a given path/filename length - it can cause issues.

    Whty do you want to do something 10 or 11 folders deep?

    Do you put a folder inside a folder that is inside a folder that is inside
    another folder that is also inside another folder that happens to already be
    inside yet another folder that is, yet again, inside a folder that happens
    to also be inside a folder that is also inside a folder that is already
    inside a folder which is also inside a folder that is inside a folder that
    is inside a filing cabinet drawer when putting up your printed physcal
    files?

    Or do you usually have a section of the filing cabinet set aside for certain
    folders, another for nother type, etc?

    I would suspect that in a physical filing cabinet, things rarely go beyond:

    Filing Cabinet --> Filing Cabinet Drawer --> Section of Cabinet Drawer -->
    Folder
    ;-)

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  3. Gordon

    Gordon Flightless Bird

    "Shenan Stanley" <newshelper@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:#jn7cZ9tKHA.6124@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > patti wrote:
    >> I am dealing with sub-folder with sub-folder on down. The folders i
    >> want to use can be 10 or eleven levels down. nd many have long
    >> names.
    >>
    >> Can this cause any problems? I have had issues with excel and
    >> deep-down sub-folders.

    >
    > After a given path/filename length - it can cause issues.
    >
    > Whty do you want to do something 10 or 11 folders deep?
    >
    > Do you put a folder inside a folder that is inside a folder that is
    > inside another folder that is also inside another folder that happens to
    > already be inside yet another folder that is, yet again, inside a folder
    > that happens to also be inside a folder that is also inside a folder that
    > is already inside a folder which is also inside a folder that is inside a
    > folder that is inside a filing cabinet drawer when putting up your printed
    > physcal files?
    >
    > Or do you usually have a section of the filing cabinet set aside for
    > certain folders, another for nother type, etc?
    >
    > I would suspect that in a physical filing cabinet, things rarely go
    > beyond:
    >
    > Filing Cabinet --> Filing Cabinet Drawer --> Section of Cabinet
    > Drawer --> Folder
    > ;-)
    >


    Isn't there a 256 character limit on file names including the path anyway?
     
  4. Shenan Stanley

    Shenan Stanley Flightless Bird

    Gordon wrote:
    > Isn't there a 256 character limit on file names including the path
    > anyway?


    That's an oversimplification in an individual computer basis...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_file_systems
    (maximum filename length and maximum pathname length columns)

    One Microsoft location for this type of information:
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa365247(VS.85).aspx

    Read closely the section labeled "Maximum Path Length Limitation"...

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  5. db

    db Flightless Bird

    I wouldn't risk it.

    there is nothing worst than
    waking up one day to find
    a pop citing "folder not found"

    therefore, I would use
    abbreviated names for the
    folders and files

    then build an index either
    in word or excel with their
    lengthy descriptions

    then assign hyperlinks to
    each entry in your index
    that will open up the files.

    for example:

    on the disk create a
    folder called something like
    A1

    then your subfolders under
    A1 should be called like
    A1a, A1b, etc..

    then for the index in word
    or excel create a multi level
    or bulleted list like the index
    below. :

    A1 - The Beginning of Time
    * A1a - The beginnings of Apes
    ** A1b - The age of Ape-men
    *** A1c - the age of Ape-geeks

    then make each line above
    into hyperlinks that targets
    the abbreviated files on the
    disk.

    the hyperlinks when clicked
    will then open those files.

    also the index you create in
    word or excel can be as
    descriptive or scholarly
    as you need it to be.

    lastly be sure to make copies
    of the folder and files onto
    a rewritable cd or dvd.

    then you can use the microsoft
    sync toy to sync the folders
    between the disk and media.

    again, nothing is fool proof
    and nothing worst than seeing
    a pop up citing
    "files are not found"



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    "patti" <patti@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message news:B77E389B-D16F-4F15-A408-01CF55CD7AC4@microsoft.com...
    > I am dealing with sub-folder with sub-folder on down. The folders i want to
    > use can be 10 or eleven levels down. nd many have long names.
    >
    > Can this cause any problems? I have had issues with excel and deep-down
    > sub-folders.
    >
    > thank you.
     
  6. patti

    patti Flightless Bird

    Thanks to all.
    I myself rarely go 3 or 4 folders deep. This is how a client's system is
    set-up. Thought it was bad practice to be using and can show him these
    answers.

    "Shenan Stanley" wrote:

    > patti wrote:
    > > I am dealing with sub-folder with sub-folder on down. The folders i
    > > want to use can be 10 or eleven levels down. nd many have long
    > > names.
    > >
    > > Can this cause any problems? I have had issues with excel and
    > > deep-down sub-folders.

    >
    > After a given path/filename length - it can cause issues.
    >
    > Whty do you want to do something 10 or 11 folders deep?
    >
    > Do you put a folder inside a folder that is inside a folder that is inside
    > another folder that is also inside another folder that happens to already be
    > inside yet another folder that is, yet again, inside a folder that happens
    > to also be inside a folder that is also inside a folder that is already
    > inside a folder which is also inside a folder that is inside a folder that
    > is inside a filing cabinet drawer when putting up your printed physcal
    > files?
    >
    > Or do you usually have a section of the filing cabinet set aside for certain
    > folders, another for nother type, etc?
    >
    > I would suspect that in a physical filing cabinet, things rarely go beyond:
    >
    > Filing Cabinet --> Filing Cabinet Drawer --> Section of Cabinet Drawer -->
    > Folder
    > ;-)
    >
    > --
    > Shenan Stanley
    > MS-MVP
    > --
    > How To Ask Questions The Smart Way
    > http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
    >
    >
    > .
    >
     

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