This macOS Folder Names Bug Is Annoying And Fun At The Same Time!

I'm not even sure if this is a bug or a feature.


You can literally have never-ending folder names on macOS. When these names are too long to display, they bleed out of the screen instead of wrapping. The bug/feature was posted on Reddit by the user TheAgame1342YT. While there’s a 52-word folder names limit on the Mac desktop, there’s apparently no limit on folder names in the launchpad.

I took to my 2017 MacBook Air running macOS Big Sur version 11.6. The below paragraph is a 54-word folder name that replaced “utilities” on my Mac. I’ve gone as high as 160 words in the testing, and macOS was registering it till then. Here’s a screen recording of the same from Twitter.

Testing a claim that macOS has no limit on folder names. It has stopped registering the name, at least by the looks of it, but it is actually still registering. See. And I can go on typing and stretching the name into oblivion. Don’t know what to make of this bug/feature, but okay.

This is literally the new name of my “utilities” folder on Mac, and you can see in the image on the top.

While nobody has anything against paragraphs making it to folder names, macOS doesn’t wrap the text when the screen ends. So it is a single line of the folder name, no matter how many words. Anyway, I am not sure if this is a feature or a macOS bug.

macOS Big Sur has had several bugs in the past. TechRadar made a good guide to macOS Big Sur problems. We’ve also listed out the best macOS Big Sur tips and tricks that you can use to save your time. Coming back to the topic, macOS folder names can be as long as you like.

Do you think Apple should limit the folder names characters on macOS, or should it make this into a feature by wrapping text into multiple lines? Let us know in the comments.

Manik Berry

Manik Berry

With a Master’s degree in journalism, Manik writes about big tech and has a keen eye for political-tech news. In his free time, he’s browsing the Kindle store for new stuff read. Manik also adores his motorcycle and is looking for new routes on weekends. He likes tea and cat memes. You can reach him at [email protected]
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