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: Working with Document Links.

Working with Document Links

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated December 3, 2016)

After you have linked information from other applications into your documents, you may want to someday review those links to see which applications your document is dependent upon. To do this, choose Links from the Edit menu. Word displays the Links dialog box. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. The Links dialog box.

The Links dialog box lists all the objects linked to your document. From the dialog box you can do the following:

  1. Manually update the linked information by selecting it and then clicking on the Update Now button.
  2. Change the source from which linked information is derived by selecting the link and then clicking on the Change Source button. (This displays another dialog box in which you can specify the new file location.)
  3. Break a document link by selecting the link and then clicking on the Break Link button.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1139) 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: Working with Document Links.

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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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