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    Convert to 03, hyperlinks don't work now (2003)

    We are very close to upgrading to Office 2003. I was talking to someone from another company who recently upgraded from Office 97 to Office 2003, and he said evey hyperlink that was created in Word 97 will NOT work in Word 2003. He said they had to manually edit/recreate every hyperlink. Ahhhhh! Say it isn't so! He said hyperlinks are handled differently in 03 than they were in 97. Does anyone have experience with this? I thought I'd send out this panic note to see if any of you can tell me what you have experienced. In the meantime, I am going to try to track down some docs with links and test this.

    Thanks for any thoughts you might have on this.

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    Re: Convert to 03, hyperlinks don't work now (2003)

    If this is true, I wonder whether you could use a macro to extract the contents of each HYPERLINK field, delete the field, and re-insert it in the same place? This could be deployed as a one-click solution to users who need to re-use old document text. As a Word 2002 user, I'm not in a position to test that option...

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    Re: Convert to 03, hyperlinks don't work now (2003)

    Clicking on a hyperlink activated it in Word 97, while the default behavior in Word 2002, and I presume in Word 2003 too, is that clicking just positions the insertion point in the hyperlink, and that you must Ctrl+click to activate the hyperlink. This was done because users complained that they activated hyperlinks inadvertently. So to a Word 97 user it may seem as if the hyperlinks don't work any more.

    The "old" behavior can be restored by clearing a check box in the Edit tab of Tools | Options...

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    Re: Convert to 03, hyperlinks don't work now (2003)

    Good tip. Here's a picture from Word 2002 to go with it. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Convert to 03, hyperlinks don't work now (2003)

    Ahhhh.. That makes perfect sense. I knew about the ctrl+click, but didn't consider it as a broken link. I'll bet you're right. Thanks for the screen shot. I did find some files to test with and the links worked fine, so you answer further clears up my confusion. Thanks!

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