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    Field updating (2003)

    In my old Word (2000), I routinely put pictures into my reports by inserting and linking them. This put a field code {Includepicture}. If the picture was later revised, all I had to do was select the field code (or the picture itself) and UPDATE (F9). But now in 2003, this field code will no longer update (other field codes seem to work fine.

    Does anyone else experience this? It's quite a problem for me.

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    Re: Field updating (2003)

    Hi Daryl,

    Are the file paths the same? If not, the INCLUDEPICTURE field won't be able to find the images. You'd have to either change the file paths to match the ones in the fields or update fields with the new paths. See <post#=261488>post 261488</post#> for a utility to help update the paths in the fields.

    I suspect too that Word's view of a picture that is open in an image-editing application won't update with the new information until the image file is saved. That may be an issue if you're trying to see how an edit may be reflected in Word.

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    Re: Field updating (2003)

    Yes, the paths are the same and no, the image is not open in any other application. I simply take the new version of the picture file, and copy it into my working folder in place of the original version of the picture file.

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    Re: Field updating (2003)

    It is possible to "lock" a field so that it cannot update, which is different than "unlinking" a field so that the content becomes embedded rather than linked. Is it possible that the field is locked by default, or by a custom insert picture macro? To unlock a locked field, select the field and press Ctrl+Shift+F11. If F9 starts working, then it was locked, if not, then there must be something else going on. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    Does it make any difference whether the d switch is included in your field?

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    Re: Field updating (2003)

    The field is not locked, and Ctrl-Shft-F11 has no effect. Including the d switch does make it work OK--but isn't this the same as if I had originally linked the picture, as opposed to inserting AND linking it? Inserting it only doesn't "provide the functionality" that I got used to in earlier versions of Word.

    It would be helpful to know if it is just me having this problem, or if the field updating works OK for anyone else out there .

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    Re: Field updating (2003)

    HI Daryl

    I've have also experienced this.
    Since Word 95 the F9 shortcut key when pressed would update all the fields in our Word documents.
    In Word97 - we could press the F9 key and it would update ALL the fields in our Word documents.
    When we upgrade to OfficeXP - when we pressed the F9 key it would update most of the fields except the Table of Contents field. I didnt locate anything on Microsofts website about this. In the end to resolve I had to write workaround code - when the F9 shortcut key was pressed to update the Table of Contents field.

    When we upgrade to Office2003 - the same issue maybe there. However we have a workaround now so we wont experience this.

    hope this helps
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    Re: Field updating (2003)

    Thanks for your comments. But I don't think I couldwrite any code to update the linked picture field, because there is no way I can get the field to update even manually.

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    Re: Field updating (2003)

    Hi Daryl,

    You say:
    <hr>I don't think I could write any code to update the linked picture field, because there is no way I can get the field to update even manually<hr>
    Have you tried running the code in <post#=261488>post 261488</post#>?

    Also, if you could attach a copy of the troublesome document to a post (sanitised as appropriate), that might help with finding a solution.

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    Re: Field updating (2003)

    Thanks to all who responded with comments, but I'm afraid I will have to let this one go without a solution. The best alternative seems to be to link the pictures, instead of linking and embedding them. Then they update just fine.

    In response to attaching a troublesome document, this should not be necessary. ALL documents are troublesome. Just make any document, embed and insert a picture, and you will probably find that you will not be able to update the picture. If you CAN, then please let me know, because right now it seems that this is simply a feature that used to work fine and does not work any more.

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    Re: Field updating (2003)

    I just tried this in a new blank document, using Word 2003 SP!

    After inserting and linking a picture, I edited the source.
    Although F9 does not update the picture, Edit > Links > Update Now did the correct thing

    StuartR

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    Re: Field updating (2003)

    Stuart, many thanks for your amazingly prompt attention.
    I thought you were on to something at first. So I tried as you suggested, and it still doesn't work. Did you insert the picture, then close Word, then edit the picture, and then restart Word? This time I'm attaching two files that I'm actually working on.
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    Re: Field updating (2003)

    <UL><LI>I opened your ZIP file and saved both documents to a single folder
    <LI>I opened the Word document and checked that I could see the graphics
    <LI>I closed the word document
    <LI>I edited the graphic (added <font color=red>Stuart was here</font color=red>)
    <LI>I opened Word again.
    <LI>The first graphic had been updated already
    <LI>Edit > Links>, selected the second link and clicked Update Now
    <LI>The second graphic was now updated.[/list]Even more strange, I then closed the word document without saving, opened it again and Contol-A, F9 caused the second graphic to update.

    StuartR

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    Re: Field updating (2003)

    Stuart, thanks very much for your testing. Something strange is definitely happening here--and apparently with our particular version or installation of the software. It is very useful to know that it works OK (sort of) for SOMEONE.

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