How-To Shorten SharePoint URLs for Folders
If you use Folders inside a SharePoint document library, you will end up with long URLs. If you have a long SharePoint URL, you might encounter problems opening the file, pasting it as a hyperlink, etc.
The reason is explained on this blog 'Use a friendly SharePoint URL'':
'The URL fields in a SharePoint list or library have a 255 character limit. This means that, if you paste a URL that is longer than 255 characters into the URL field in a SharePoint list or library, the URL will be truncated and may not work correctly. This is true whether or not the URL points to a SharePoint site or another site on the Web.....'
As an interim solution, you can shorten the URL this way.
To shorten URL#1
1) Go to the document library and navigate to the location/folder you want
2) Go to open with 'Explorer View' (only available for Internet Explorer web browsers).
3) Put your cursor up at the 'location' box on the top of the 'Explorer View' window, the location will change to a location string
This is a much shorter URL that you can copy and send via e-mail. It will always get you back to this folder within the document library.
You can also use an external service, such as http://tinyurl.com/
One easy way to get a short URL for files is on the pulldown menu which appears when you mouse over the filename, select
-> Send To -> E-mail a Link
If you have further questions, please send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org