Long file names

Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

long file namesSometimes abbreviated as LFN, long file names are computer file or directory names that was widely introduced to Microsoft users with the release of Windows 95. Long file name support permits longer names than the original DOS 8.3 format. It allows computers using Microsoft Windows 95 and above to save and use files with names up to 255 characters in length.

Users running Unix variants, Linux variants, macOS and other operating systems will already have long file name support, even before the initial release of Microsoft Windows 95.

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