Issues with Excel tables linked to Word

I have a Word document that includes several linked Excel tables.  Since 
converting to Office 2007, when we open the Word document, it opens and 
closes the Excel file in the background once for every table in the Word 
document.  I have tried changing the links to be manual update only but it 
didn't fix the problem.  Since there are several tables linked to the Excel 
file, it takes up to 10 minutes to open the Word document.  Does any one have 
a solution for this?  Any suggestions?
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That is the issue discussed in the thread at

I have an idea that if you start afresh with a new 2007 format document and 
insert the links, the issue has been overcome.

At the time that it first appeared however the work around that I came up 
with was to use VBA code to insert the data into a bookmarked range in the 
document and write the source of the data (the address in the LINK field) to 
a document variable with the name of the bookmark and then to break the link 
to the source to overcome the timing issue when the document was opened.

Then if it was desired to updated the "linked" data in the document, a macro 
was run that accessed the document variables to get the bookmark names and 
the address of the original LINK fields that was stored in them and then 
grabbed the data from the source in Excel and updated the information within 
the bookmark.

Hope this helps.

Please reply to the newsgroup unless you wish to avail yourself of my
services on a paid consulting basis.

Doug Robbins - Word MVP, originally posted via

"So confused" <So> wrote in message
> I have a Word document that includes several linked Excel tables.  Since
> converting to Office 2007, when we open the Word document, it opens and
> closes the Excel file in the background once for every table in the Word
> document.  I have tried changing the links to be manual update only but it
> didn't fix the problem.  Since there are several tables linked to the 
> Excel
> file, it takes up to 10 minutes to open the Word document.  Does any one 
> have
> a solution for this?  Any suggestions? 

6/5/2010 10:13:52 PM

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