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Word 97: Unlocking Locked Subdocuments

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I have a Word 97 master document that contains unexpanded, locked subdocuments. The subdocuments point to a UNC and path: my customer's network location, which does not exist on my site. I cannot unlock the subdocs without first expanding them...which I cannot do because Word cannot locate the nonexistent document path. (I did receive the subdocs, by the way, in the same folder as the master doc).  Is there a way that I can change the link pathname so that the subdocuments expand, or am I stuck recreating the customer's master document from scratch?
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by:antrat
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Hi mwk20

I assume the subdocs are shown as hyperlinks so try highlighting the hyperlink then right click and select Hyperlink>Edit Hyperlink and then select Browse and change the pointer.

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cri earned 400 total points
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Which operating system do you have ? If its NT, map the path and move the subdocs there. This has the advantage that you can return it to your client w/o fuss when you are finished.

I do not know if this is possible with 98, so if interested ask a question in this section of E-E.

Try (did not test it) the following with a test copy: Word|Tools|Options: View Field Codes. Then make a search and replace to match your path.
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by:EDStech
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Mike,

I'm sure this isn't the answer you wanted, but we could always recreate the UNC path the word doc is seeking.  I'm just down the hall from you guys in M3 and we have plenty of machines we could rename to recreate the unc path.

I won't even force you to open up a ticket.  ;)

If recreating the doccument would be of sufficent difficulty, you're welcome to give me a call or email and we can work something out for you.  Of course, if you'd rather not go this route, I understand.  

Shaun Foster
ENG OS/2 Sys Admin
Amdahl DSG
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by:mwk20
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Well, the subdocuments are locked, so I cannot edit the hyperlink...didn't try the other item, though. And EDStech, I'm no longer at Amdahl as of the 31st, but thanks for the offer anyway. I'll give it a shot.
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by:cri
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And ?
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by:mwk20
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Worked, but it was a little cloogey. I have since spoken with the customer and am having them build their master docs properly -- always best to start at the source.

Thanks!
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by:cri
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mwk20, considering that this was a work-around for something that should not even work at all, I do not see why you smack me with C grading (unless it is a response for the "And ?")
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by:EDStech
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This isn't communism cri, all things and all people are not equal.  If your suggestion did not work for him easily and flawlessly, he is not obligated to give you an A answer.  If your solution is only a so-so solution, then its a C grade.

Its a shame that you're here only for the points and status gained therein.  If getting a perfect grade is your goal, maybe you should only answer questions you're 100% sure of the answer on.

Mind you, this is my humble opinion and not related in any way to mwk20 or etc.
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by:mwk20
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I didn't think average was a bad grade. Sorry you took it that way...guess I took average as meaning that it's workable, meets requirements but doesn't go over. Thanks again...
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