Prevent Photoshop from truncating file names in Save for Web


Adobe Photoshop’s Save for Web feature is very useful – you can get a fine balance between file size and image quality, that few other apps can match. I use it all the time for images for articles on this site.

One problem I have always encountered when using Save for Web feature is, Photoshop automatically shortens file names with more than 31 characters. Turns out, there is a way to turn off this annoying behaviour of shortening names. This file name truncate is actually used for Mac OS 9 compatibility, so if your images will ever be used on OS 9, do not turn off truncating.

Turn off ‘truncate filename’ in Photoshop

Below are the steps to prevent Photoshop from deleting characters from the end of your filename:

Create or open any file. Select File -> Save for Web. In the window that comes up, click the little pull down arrow / circle next to “Preset”, then click Edit Output Settings.


Switch to Saving Files Under Filename Compatibilty, uncheck Max OS 9. Click Save.

I hope that helped. If you have any doubts, ask in comments below.