Warning! The project (NAME) could not be opened.

Last Published: April 25, 2020

Error Message

ArcView returns this error when double-clicking an .apr file in Windows Explorer:

'Warning! The project (NAME) could not be opened.'


The APR file resides in a directory whose name has a space character. Double-clicking the APR file executes the arcview.exe file through DOS with the file path name as a parameter. DOS stops reading the file name once it encounters the space character; therefore it sends only part of the path name to ArcView.

Solution or Workaround

  1. Open ArcView and load the project.
  2. Save the project in a directory whose name does not contain spaces characters.

Article ID:000002348

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