I have some Word 2010 documents on a network drive which contain embedded links to other Word documents located on our SAN. Our SAN recently went down and is uncontactable. When trying to open these word documents, Word keeps trying to verify these embedded documents and contact the SAN to connect while the startup splash screen is up.
After 8+ minutes of waiting the document finally opens but Word just keeps trying to verify these files. The second I click on any part of the screen, the spinning circle appears and Word locks up. I can do nothing but force quit the program.
Is it possible to update these links somehow? I urgently need these documents to open for a client
Unfortunately, I can't access this setting while that particular file is open since the spinning wheel is still there and the screen is dimmed and the program is not responding. I ended the program, opened a blank Word document and looked for this option, but of course it's not there because it's a blank document and not the document in question.
Is there anyway via a command switch / reg setting / anything that can disable link checking on Word startup? This is what I require, since once it begins to open there is a seemingly endless loop of checking network file / wait / check again / wait etc. And I can click on any options anywhere on the screen.