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Opening word file with network location that was removed RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi,

    I have a Word file that was created from a template and that template was on my old server. I have removed the server and placed the template on a NAS storage.

    When opening old files, the file are looking for the server and it can take up to 30 seconds until they open.

    Is there a way to replace that link for the old files?

    Best regards,

    Amir Ovadia


    I Hope this will help. Amir Ovadia

    Wednesday, April 20, 2016 6:58 AM

Answers

  • When templates other than Word’s Normal template are used to create a document, the template’s path & name are stored with the document. If that path is a network path, a change to the server name will break the link. The result can be significant delays in opening the documents on the new server. See: http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=830561. For a macro to update the template paths or, if a new template path can’t be found, to point it to Word’s Normal template, see: http://www.eileenslounge.com/viewtopic.php?f=26&t=14499&p=107602

    Cheers
    Paul Edstein
    [MS MVP - Word]

    • Proposed as answer by Stefan BlomMVP Wednesday, April 20, 2016 9:31 AM
    • Marked as answer by Amir Ovadia Wednesday, April 20, 2016 12:46 PM
    Wednesday, April 20, 2016 8:17 AM

All replies

  • When templates other than Word’s Normal template are used to create a document, the template’s path & name are stored with the document. If that path is a network path, a change to the server name will break the link. The result can be significant delays in opening the documents on the new server. See: http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=830561. For a macro to update the template paths or, if a new template path can’t be found, to point it to Word’s Normal template, see: http://www.eileenslounge.com/viewtopic.php?f=26&t=14499&p=107602

    Cheers
    Paul Edstein
    [MS MVP - Word]

    • Proposed as answer by Stefan BlomMVP Wednesday, April 20, 2016 9:31 AM
    • Marked as answer by Amir Ovadia Wednesday, April 20, 2016 12:46 PM
    Wednesday, April 20, 2016 8:17 AM
  • Hi Paul,

    Thank you for the fast reply :)

    Your first link is about Word 2002 or 2003 will it do the job for Word 2010 or 2013?

    Amir Ovadia


    I Hope this will help. Amir Ovadia

    Wednesday, April 20, 2016 12:07 PM
  • The information in the link is applicable to all Word versions, as your own experience shows. The discussion in the second link likewise shows that the macro there was provided in response to a question about the same issue with Word 2010; the macro will actually process doc, docx & docm files for all Word versions.

    Cheers
    Paul Edstein
    [MS MVP - Word]

    Wednesday, April 20, 2016 12:39 PM