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256986 Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry
Microsoft Word 97 SR-1 allows you to use drive letter mappings and disableUniversal Naming Convention (UNC) by using the DontUseUNC registryswitch.
There are many situations in which a network administrator may prefer tohave Word use a mapped drive letter rather than the UNC file location.For example, Word returns a UNC file location similar to the following:
However, when you use the DontUseUNC registry switch, Word returns adrive mapping similar to the following:
NOTE: 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 locationspecified with a drive letter, Microsoft Word converts the settingfrom a location containing a logical drive letter to a UNC location. Whenyou use the DontUseUNC registry switch, the following new created/attachedpaths contain the logical drive letter instead of using the UNC path:
The FileName field when the \p switch is used.
The IncludePicture field.
To add the DontUseUNC registry switch, use either of the followingmethods.
Method 1: Change the Registry
WARNING: 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: