Because the alternative (Long Path Tool) is shit payware by a shitty company that employs idiots to spam the entire internet about their crappy product.
What does it do?
Simply put, Long Path Fixer is a program enables you to "get at" files and folders that Windows Explorer refuses to reach, that is, anything with a path longer than the Windows API can handle (MAX_PATH: 259 actual characters).
With Long Path Fixer, you can effortlessly manipulate files and folders with paths of up to 32,767 characters in length. No destination is "Too Long"!
How does it work?
Image of Long Path Fixer showing the contents of my C DriveLong Path Fixer presents you with a simple list of files and folders in the current directory (including "hidden" files and folders). You can drag and drop files or folders onto it and it will navigate directly to path of whatever you dropped.
From there, you simply click on the file or folder you want to move, copy, delete, and hit the appropriate button; Move, Copy or Delete. All these options are also available from the context (right-click) menu, as well as rename (I may add a button for that!), delete to recycle bin, copy the path and so on.
Image of Long Path Fixer context menu showing open and unlock optionsJust like Explorer windows, F5 refreshes the list.
The top item "●●" enables you to go UP, as if you hadn't guessed!
There is a drop-down menu at the top with all your available drives listed, so you can start navigating from there, use your up/down arrow keys to switch drives and so on. Having said that, it's usually easier to drag-and-drop items directly from Explorer.
Note: if you drag a shortcut, Long Path Fixer will automatically resolve the shortcut to its real location. If you would prefer to have it open at the actual .lnk file's directory, hold drown the <Ctrl> key whilst dropping the item onto the main window.
You can also have Long Path Fixer in your explorer directory context menu, and an option to enable this is available from Long Path Fixer's System Tray menu (see image below). This way you can right-click folders in Explorer and send them straight to Long Path Fixer, which will launch with your selected folder in view.
Alternatively, you can keep a shortcut in your SendTo menu, and send items from there. Or even drag and drop items directly onto Long Path Fixer, or a shortcut to it. If you send files, Long Path Fixer will open at the parent folder.
If you launch Long Path Fixer with no path on the command line (by clicking it directly), Long Path Fixer will remember your previous folder and start there, same goes for whatever destination folder you last chose to copy/move an item to - that's where the dialog will open next time around. Anything to save a few precious seconds!
On the subject of time-saving, if Long Path Fixer if buried beneath some windows on your desktop, hovering over its tray menu will jump it immediately to the front. There is also an option to stay on top, if you prefer.