SOLVED Unable to rename Excel file


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I have a slightly odd problem with a particular Excel file. It was originally created by another user, on another computer (don't know what I'm afraid). I was able to modify it, but when I change the name (either during the save process or after closing it), I find that the renamed file will not open. I get an error message saying 'sorry - we couldn't find x - is it possible it was renamed, moved, or deleted?'. The same thing happens if I try to make a copy.
I tried copying and pasting the contents into a new file, but the same thing happened.
None of my other excel files do this, and I suspect there is something about the contents that makes it behave this way. The contents are pretty innocuous, - it is a small, one-sheet workbook with only a few dozen lines and no formulae.
So I have an excel file I can work with, but it is doomed to always have the same name!
Any ideas anyone?
 
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Replying to myself!
It seems I had too many subfolders, and the pathname was simply too long.
I have amalgamated some subfolders and the problem has gone away.
Annoying, because my understanding was that you could have as many sub-subfolders as you wanted. Well, you can, but not if you want to save anything in them!
Conputers eh!
 

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Thanks for the follow-up and welcome to the forum.
Glad you managed to figure it out and appreciate you sharing what you found.
 
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Well WIndows and in particular Windows 10 is full of Gremlins like this, I experience something similar but far more complex than folder nesting levels. In time I will post about it and see what others think or suggest.

As a teaser to this, what happens is, everytime Windows 10 upgrades to a newer revision, folders cant be renamed, if you cut and paste any folder with any file inside, it will error out saying file cant be found, but it opens/plays, etc... I am able to fix it each time but I cant understand why it works.

I will ask about this and post more details and ask for thought about it, in a specific thread.
 

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