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[MS Word] The Linked file isn’t available

December 19, 2018 Leave a comment

Other day, I was getting below “The Linked file isn’t available” pop-up, while opening a word document shared by client.

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Reason:

  • Word document has charts and graphs controls embedded, which were rendering based on the data from another excel sheet.
  • Excel sheet had configured as a linked file in the Word document
  • Since Excel sheet was not shared by client in the first go, Word document was showing “The Linked file isn’t available” popup.

Fix:

  • Once you got the link file (i.e., Excel sheet in my case), below are the steps to fix, if you are still getting the popup.
  • From Word document, click on File -> Info -> Related Documents -> Edit Links to Files

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  • In the ‘Links’ window, either click on ‘Change Source’ to correct the ‘Link file’ path or click ‘Break Link’ button if you want to remove the files link.

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  • Once the file paths are corrected, click on ‘Update Now’ to reflect the changes in Word document
  • Now, Word document should open with no “The Linked file isn’t available” pop-up.

🙂

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