Basically, is there any way of easily displaying how many characters are in a file path? (I am using Windows XP.)
I keep running up against a frustrating problem when making backups. It seems the length of the path to any file should not be longer than 255 characters (I think). I find Windows will allow a file to be saved to a path even if doing so will cause the number of characters in that path to exceed the limit. (Saving webpages with their original - sometimes very long - file names can throw up this problem a lot.) But the problem only tends to pop up when I try to do anything with that file - eg make a backup - as the backup software then reports it cannot access the file because the path is too long.
So, what I am looking for is some way of easily displaying how many characters are in a file path. I thought maybe highlighting the path in the address bar, say, and then right clicking to see a character-count in the context menu, or in a tool tip. Whatever works. I can then make the necessary adjustments to the path length as needed.