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Consider the following scenario:

  • You insert some linked objects that are located on a network share into a Microsoft Word 2010 document.

  • You configure the linked objects to be updated manually.

  • You save and then close the document.

  • You click to clear the Update automatic links at open check box in Word 2010 options.

  • You set the value of the NoActivateOleLinkObjAtOpen registry value to 1.

    Note You can follow the steps that are described in the "Registry key information" section to set this registry value.

  • You reopen the document in Word 2010.

In this scenario, it takes a long time for the document to open.


To resolve this issue, apply the following update:

2413666 Description of the Word 2010 hotfix package (Word-x-none.msp): October 26, 2010

Registry key information

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
After you install the hotfix package, follow these steps to enable the hotfix:

  1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit in the Open box, and then click OK.

  2. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:


  3. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click Dword Value.

  4. Type NoActivateOleLinkObjAtOpen, and then press ENTER.

  5. In the details pane, right-click NoActivateOleLinkObjAtOpen, and then click Modify.

  6. In the Value data box, type 1, and then click OK.

  7. Exit Registry Editor.


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

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