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    Hyperlink opens new instance of Word (Word 2003)

    Hi

    I want to create a hyperlink in a Word document that links to another Word document in the same folder. When the hyperlink is clicked, I want the target document to open in the same instance of Word.

    I thought {HYPERLINK "screens---abatement-rules.doc" l "ABATEMENTRULESEARCH" t "_self" } would do the trick, but it opens a new instance of Word. Am I missing something here?

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    Re: Hyperlink opens new instance of Word (Word 2003)

    I don't think clicking the hyperlink really starts a new instance of Word, but if "Windows in Taskbar" is ticked in the View tab of Tools | Options (this is the default setting), it will seem that way. You can check this in the Task Manager.

    It does open a new window, I don't think you can avoid that.

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    Re: Hyperlink opens new instance of Word (Word 2003)

    Ah, silly me.

    Interesting, though. Having the "Windows in Taskbar" option on reveals that Word keeps all "visited" documents open, even if you use the Back button. (For example, click a hyperlink in doc A to open doc B, then click the Back button to return to doc A.) It can get a bit messy.

    Thanks for your help, Hans

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    Re: Hyperlink opens new instance of Word (Word 200

    Another setting that might be of interest (but doesn't solve Word to Word links) is found in Windows Explorer's Tools > Folder Options > File Types. Select the DOC file extension and then click the Advanced button. You will see a check box called 'Browse in same window'.

    This has the effect of opening a Word file in Word Vs Inside a browser window when you follow a hyperlink from a web browser. I thought it would help with your problem but it appears that it doesnt.
    Andrew Lockton, Chrysalis Design, Melbourne Australia

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