Article ID: 171406
IMPORTANT: This article contains information about modifying the registry. Before you modify the registry, make sure to back it up and make sure that you understand how to restore the registry if a problem occurs. For information about how to back up, restore, and edit the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/256986/EN-US/ )Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry
Microsoft Word 97 SR-1 allows you to use drive letter mappings and disable Universal Naming Convention (UNC) by using the DontUseUNC registry switch.
There are many situations in which a network administrator may prefer to have Word use a mapped drive letter rather than the UNC file location. For example, Word returns a UNC file location similar to the following:
\\ServerName\ShareName\FileNameHowever, when you use the DontUseUNC registry switch, Word returns a drive mapping similar to the following:
E:\ShareName\FileNameNOTE: The DontUseUNC switch does not work with earlier versions of Word. It only works with Microsoft Word 97 Service Release 1 or later. The switch also does not affect the Link field, the path to an attached Template, or the Visual Basic Editor, which is a separate program. In the Visual Basic Editor, if a reference is made to a template on a mapped network drive through the References command on the Tools menu, it stores the path with the UNC information rather than with a mapped drive letter.
By design, when you save a document or change a setting to a location specified with a drive letter, Microsoft Word converts the setting from a location containing a logical drive letter to a UNC location. When you use the DontUseUNC registry switch, the following new created/attached paths contain the logical drive letter instead of using the UNC path:
Method 1: Change the RegistryWARNING: If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.
IMPORTANT: Quit all instances of Word, including WordMail, before you follow these steps.
To change the DontUseUNC registry setting, follow these steps:
Method 2: Use the RegOptions MacroThe RegOptions macro is part of the Support8.dot template that ships with Word 97 SR-1 Enterprise Update. If you used the SR-1 Patch to update Word, you must obtain the Support8.dot template separately.
For additional information, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
172492To use the RegOptions macro, follow these steps:
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/172492/EN-US/ )WD: Templates and Wizards Not Included with SR-1 Patch
For additional information, please see the following articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/145091/EN-US/ )WD: Can't Use NoLongNetNames with Word Versions Later Than 6.0
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/138418/EN-US/ )WD: Can't Use UNC Drive for Document Path on Some Networks
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/136393/EN-US/ )How to Modify the Windows Registry
Article ID: 171406 - Last Review: June 22, 2014 - Revision: 4.0
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