The Filename field in a header or a footer is not updated when you use the "Save As" command to save a document in Word 2003

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Problem description

Consider the following scenario. In Microsoft Office Word 2003, you insert a Filename field into a header or a footer in a document. Then, you save the document by using the Save As command to give the document a new file name. When you do this, the Filename field in the header or the footer is not updated to show the new file name. Additionally, if you select the option to include the path in the Filename field, the path string in the Filename field is not updated when you save the document in a different folder.

Resolution

This problem was corrected in Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 3. To fix this problem, install the latest service pack. If you cannot install the latest service pack for Microsoft Office 2003 for some reason, you can obtain a hotfix that will also fix this problem. However, after you install the hotfix, you have to enable the hotfix. To do this, go to the "More information" section. If you want to work around this problem instead of resolving the problem, go to the "Workaround" section.

How to obtain the service pack

This problem is corrected in Office 2003 Service Pack 3. To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Office 2003. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
870924 How to obtain the latest service pack for Office 2003
You are now finished with this article. The rest of this article is only for customers who decide to install the hotfix or to try the workaround.

How to obtain the hotfix

This issue is fixed in the Word 2003 post-Service Pack 2 Hotfix Package that is dated November 10, 2005. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
898777 Description of the Word 2003 post-Service Pack 2 hotfix package: November 10, 2005

More information

To have us enable the hotfix for you, go to the "Fix it for me" section. If you would rather enable the hotfix yourself, go to the "Let me fix it myself" section.

Fix it for me

To enable the hotfix automatically, click the Fix this problem link. Then click Run in the File Download dialog box, and follow the steps in this wizard.

Fix this problem
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Note this wizard may be in English only; however, the automatic fix also works for other language versions of Windows.

Note if you are not on the computer that has the problem, save the Fix it solution to a flash drive or a CD and then run it on the computer that has the problem.

Now go to the "Did this fix the problem?" section.

Let me fix it myself

Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322756 How to back up and restore the registry in Windows

To implement this hotfix, follow these steps:
  1. Quit Word 2003.
  2. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
  3. Locate and then click to select the following registry key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Word\Options
  4. After you select the key that is specified in step 3, point to New on the Edit menu, and then click DWORD Value.
  5. Type UpdateHeaderFooter, and then press ENTER.
  6. Right-click UpdateHeaderFooter, and then click Modify.
  7. In the Value data box, type 1, and then click OK.
  8. On the File menu, click Exit to quit Registry Editor.
Now go to the "Did this fix the problem?" section.

Did this fix the problem?

Check whether the problem is fixed. If the problem is fixed, you are finished with this article. If the problem is not fixed, you can contact support.

Workaround

For information about how to work around this problem, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
832897 The FILENAME field does not automatically update when you open a document in Word 2002 or Word 2003

Status

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

This problem was first corrected in Office 2003 Service Pack 3.

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Article ID: 875514 - Last Review: October 9, 2011 - Revision: 7.0
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