winword.exe problem with shortcut notification for word RRS feed

  • Question

  • every time i try to go into a word document i get a message that says 

    winword.exe problem with shortcut

    I can go onto my word account online but i have no idea how to fix this

    Sunday, November 27, 2016 9:32 AM

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  • winword.exe problem with shortcut


    Are you referring to the following error message?

    "The item WinWord.exe that this shortcut refers to has been changed or moved, so this shortcut will no longer work properly"

    Try to check the target field of this shortcut by going to the Properties dialog, see if it's pointing to the correct executable file. Try to navigate to that path via File Explorer, double-click it and see if Word application will be launched.

    If the target field is ok, try to perform a repair of your Office installation via Control Panel, see if this will correct the issue:



    Ethan Hua

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    Monday, November 28, 2016 9:21 AM
  • If you see an error message when you click a Windows shortcut, you could just delete the shortcut and recreate one that points to winword.exe.

    Stefan Blom, Microsoft Word MVP

    • Proposed as answer by Charles Kenyon Wednesday, December 7, 2016 1:15 PM
    Wednesday, November 30, 2016 10:35 PM