How to Update Links Automatically in Word

By Craig Witt

Developed by Microsoft and included in the Office suite of productivity software, Word is the world's most widely used word processing application as of December 2010. Its visual interface and collection of templates help users create a range of print-formatted documents, including letters, envelopes, labels and forms. By default, if you include links to another document in your Word file, the program automatically updates these links without prompting you to confirm the behavior. If this default setting has been changed for your copy of Word, you can restore the original configuration and suppress the prompts.

Microsoft Word 2007 or Later

Step 1

Click the "Office" button near the top-left corner of the window and then select the "Word Options" button located near the bottom of the following menu.

Step 2

Select the "Advanced" tab on the left side of the resulting dialog box.

Step 3

Scroll through the list of options until you locate the "General" heading.

Step 4

Check the adjacent box labeled "Update automatic links at open."

Step 5

Click "OK" to confirm the change.

Microsoft Word 2003 or Earlier

Step 1

Click "Tools" in the top menu bar and select "Options."

Step 2

Select the "General" tab located near the top of the resulting dialog box.

Step 3

Check the box labeled "Update automatic links at Open."

Step 4

Click "OK" to confirm the change.