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    Windows Mail folder names

    I have two Windows Mail folders named "Orders and Payments", "Pens and Writing", and "Climax Blues Band".

    In the folder tree, they show up as "Orders and 409", "Pens and Wr f62" and "Climax Blue 7a2".

    Is this normal behavior?

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    I use Windows Live Mail (very similar to Windows Mail, I assume you have Win Vista???) This is not the behavior I see. In fact I created a "Orders and Payments" folder just to try it and it displays properly.

    ClimaxBluesBand.jpg

    This is how mine displays with all 3 entries added. Perhaps your Windows Mail is corrupted. It seems I cannot find a way to uninstall/reinstall Windows Mail as it is an integral part of Vista. Perhaps you could try Windows Live Mail (replaced Windows Mail in Win 7 and does work with Vista) When WLM is installed it becomes default and Windows Mail becomes dormant. I hope this helps.
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    I've seen the same sort of thing in (Windows explorer folders) names for email folders...and others.
    They may be related to long filename limitations. Common issue on older operating systems.

    You can get around this by Shortening their names or you may try a registry edit like the one below.

    See if this helps:
    1. Click Start>Run.
    2. Type regedit and then click OK.
    3. Navigate to the following key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\Filesystem
    4. In the right hand pane, right-click the following value, and then click
    Modify:
    NtfsDisable8dot3NameCreation
    5. Change the number in the Value data box to: 0
    Please note that this is a DWORD value, not a String or Binary value.
    6. Click OK.
    7. Click Registry, and then click Exit.

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    I tried the Registry edit and rebooted - no soap. It's not that big a deal, I suppose.

    The folder names are correct in the program window. It just looks strange in the folder tree. (The altered names are also in the "winmail.fol" files.)
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    In the tree, apparently the folder names are being Truncated to save space.
    Why don't you beat it to the punch, so to speak, by shortening the names yourself? Eh?

    I'm so old school that I use the old DOS Notation format for all my file names.....
    whereby no file-name is any longer than eight characters, with no spaces or special characters.
    I'll bet if you do that, everything will show up correctly. Ya think?

    Just a thought from an old timer

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