Breaking Image Links in Word 2007

Discussion in 'Word Graphics' started by atz413, Dec 22, 2009.

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    atz413 Guest

    I have created a rather large document in Word with linked images. I do this
    for various reasons, particularly to allow future updates. However, my boss
    has asked that I create a version of this document with embedded images. So
    be it. I know that with previous versions of Word, I could do this through
    the Edit menu, but that's been blown away (along with a lot of other good
    stuff, IMO) in Word 2007.

    A look at the MSWord help file says

    1. Right-click the icon or object, point to object type Object (for example,
    Linked Worksheet Object), and then click Links.
    2. Click Break Link.

    Well, when I right-click an image, there is no "object type" displayed on
    the pop-up menu. So: Am I looking in the wrong place? What am I doing wrong,
    or is the help file of no use whatsoever?

    Also, is there a way to break all the links in the document at one time? If
    I could even do one, I suppose I could record a macro to do the same thing
    for all the images, but I can't even do one with the instructions given in
    the help system.

    Very confused,
    atz413, Dec 22, 2009
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    Stefan Blom Guest

    To display the Links dialog box, you can do the following: Click the Office
    button, and then click Prepare. Click Edit Links to Files.
    Stefan Blom, Dec 22, 2009
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  3. Ctrl+Shift+F9 unlinks fields.

    Suzanne S. Barnhill
    Microsoft MVP (Word)
    Words into Type
    Fairhope, Alabama USA
    Suzanne S. Barnhill, Dec 22, 2009
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    Steve Lowman Guest

    I made charts in Excel. I copied and pasted them as MS Graphic Objects (the default paste option) in Word. I went to Edit Links to Files, and I broke all the links.

    Later, I wanted to update all the fields in the document, i.e. table of contents, cross references, etc. So, I do Ctrl+A and F9. Then the bug shows itself. For every file link that I have broken, Word now looks for a link to a file and gives me a message box to tell me it cannot find the linked file - A SEPARATE MESSAGE BOX FOR EVERY CHART THAT I BROUGHT IN FROM EXCEL !!! - EVERY TIME DO Ctrl + F9 !!!

    What a hopeless mess! Why does Word not recognise that I broke the links because I do not want it to look for the source files - I want the graphic objects to be completely independent and not for Word to go looking for any linked file.

    I have not found any other references to this bug with Internet searches, so I don't know whether anyone else has come across it - if not, then I wonder why not. I can't see a solution to this anywhere - it looks like a stupid logic error in the application design. When I get the time, I will report it to them.
    Steve Lowman, Sep 12, 2010
  5. How did you break the link? If you used Ctrl+Shift+F9, you should not be
    getting a prompt to update, as there should no longer be any field to

    Suzanne S. Barnhill
    Microsoft MVP (Word)
    Words into Type
    Fairhope, Alabama USA
    Suzanne S. Barnhill, Sep 12, 2010
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