Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Random OLE Bookmarks.

Random OLE Bookmarks

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated June 4, 2011)

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Cheryl asked why Word sometimes inserts random OLE bookmarks into a document. These bookmarks are sequentially numbered and follow the naming pattern OLE_LINK##.

It appears that these bookmarks are created automatically by Word during some (but not all) cut-and-paste or copy-and-paste operations. You can visually see the bookmarks if you turn on the bookmark brackets (Tools | Options | View | Bookmarks) or if you choose Insert | Bookmark and examine the list in the Bookmark dialog box.

Microsoft provides no information in the Knowledge Base as to why these bookmarks are created, but they are a real bother to some people. The bookmarks serve no purpose that I can find and they can be safely deleted. If you want an automatic way to delete them, you can use a macro:

Sub RemoveOLE_marks()
    Dim J As Integer
    For J = ActiveDocument.Bookmarks.Count To 1 Step -1
        If UCase(Left(ActiveDocument.Bookmarks(J).Name, 8)) = "OLE_LINK" Then
            ActiveDocument.Bookmarks(i).Delete
        End If
    Next J
End Sub

Running the macro won't bother any other bookmarks in your system. The only ones affected are those that start with the letters OLE_LINK.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (321) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Random OLE Bookmarks.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is 6 - 3?

2017-08-02 18:11:02

Richard Bailey

Thanks so much for this. I use MS word to build my websites http://brainwizardphd.com/ and http://www.rtbaileyphd.com/. I have a post-processor that removes a lot of the junk HTML that MS Word creates, but I was having a problem with the spurious OLE_LINKs. I just added your script to my autosave macro.

Commenter BCVolkert thinks the problem is related to TeamViewer. Maybe he is onto something since I use that as well.

ActiveDocument.Bookmarks(J).Delete is what I used.


2017-02-23 18:04:39

BCVolkert

Interesting. The copy and paste started putting bookmarks in again after the Office Repair. However, this time I noticed that it only seemed to be happening while TeamViewer was logged into another computer. Maybe the Repair was not needed. There seems to be a very strong correlation of having this problem when TeamViewer has access to another computer. I don't know if that is the only time it occurs or not.


2017-02-23 17:38:46

BCVolkert

I had this problem with Office 2010 on Windows 7 and it went away and it went away after I repaired Office. Control Panel / Programs and Features / Microsoft Office Standard 2010 / Change / Repair and did a Restart.

Earlier attempts to disable or remove add-ins were not effective. I had even tried Run / winword /safemode and still had the problem (copy produced unwanted bookmarks with the name OLE_LINK# and paste added even more OLE_LINK#s).

The original problem occurred during a period where I was working with .dotx files and derivative .docx files. I had also been working with some very old .doc files from Word 2.0 (yes that is a long time ago).

I'm not sure when it started occurring; but, I am sure that it went away after the Repair and a Restart described above. It has stayed away through a number of Word editing sessions on both .dotm and .docx files.


2013-08-13 17:00:04

Terry

Thanks for the macro! There seems to be a typo in it. Shouldn't "(i)" in the 5th line be "(J)"? I don't know anything about VB or Word macros, but if I change the i to J, it works. If I leave it as i, Word gives me an error.

Not a big deal, and I'm very grateful for your contribution in getting rid of those OLE links.


2012-02-16 09:48:16

Pete Roudette

Incorrect:
ActiveDocument.Bookmarks(i).Delete

Correct:
ActiveDocument.Bookmarks(J).Delete


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