FIX: Unformatted Text Link Gives Error on Insert or Update Inside a Table

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SYMPTOMS

When you try to insert or to update an OLE Link Field that is in a Word 2002 table, you may receive the following error in the field result:
Error! Not a valid link.
The problem occurs when the OLE Link Field is added to the document as Unformatted Text in a cell of a Word 2002 table. Depending on how you select to update the field, or in what cell the field is inserted, you may not see the problem every time.

The problem only occurs in Word 2002.

RESOLUTION

Service Pack Information

This problem is corrected in Office XP Service Pack 3.To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Microsoft Office XP. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
307841 How to obtain the latest Office XP Service Pack

Hotfix Information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, submit a request to Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=support
Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language. After the hotfix is installed, the English version of this fix will have the file attributes (or later) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in coordinated universal time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.
   Date          Time      Size         File name
   --------------------------------------------------
   03-Feb-2003   22:19     6,631        Readme.txt
   03-Feb-2003   22:09     5,631,408    Winword.msp
   03-Feb-2003   22:52     6,632,892    Winwordff.msp
				
The English version of this fix should have the following file attributes or later:
   Date         Time   Version        Size        File name
   ----------------------------------------------------------
   31-Jan-2003  20:16  10.0.4929.0    10,603,080  Winword.exe
				

Note This hotfix requires that the Office XP Service Pack 2 is installed.

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article. This problem was first corrected in Office XP Service Pack 3.

MORE INFORMATION

Service Pack Information

This problem was first corrected in Office XP Service Pack 3.To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Microsoft Office XP. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
307841 How to obtain the latest Office XP Service Pack

Steps to Reproduce the Problem

  1. Run Microsoft Excel 2002 (or another OLE server that can support OLE linking).

    A default workbook is created for you.
  2. Add data to cell A1 and then copy that cell to the clipboard.
  3. Open Word 2002.

    A default document is created for you.
  4. On the Table menu, click Insert and then click Table to add a new table to the document. Your table must have at least 2 columns and 2 rows. Click OK.
  5. Click inside a cell and then select Paste Special on the Edit menu.
  6. On the Paste Special dialog box, click Paste link and then select Unformatted Text as the format type. Click OK to insert the link as a Word OLE Link Field.
  7. Repeat step 5 and step 6 for each cell in the table. One or more cells show the error that is described in the "Symptoms" section of this article

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Article ID: 810361 - Last Review: October 26, 2013 - Revision: 4.3
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Word 2002
Keywords: 
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