Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Breaking a Link
Breaking a Link
When you break a link, the object remains in the presentation, but it becomes an ordinary
object, just like any other picture or object you might have placed there. You can’t double-
click it to edit it anymore, and it doesn’t update when the source changes. To break a link,
reopen the Links dialog box shown in Figure 13.8 (File
Edit Links to Files), click
the link to break, and then click Break Link. If a warning box appears, click OK.
When you break a link, embedding information disappears too. For example, if you have a
linked Excel chart and you break the link, the result is a simple pasted image of the chart
with no ties to the Excel application. To reestablish a link, simply re-create it using the
process you used when you created it originally.
Changing the Referenced Location of a Link
If you move ﬁ les around on your hard disk, or move them to other storage locations, you
might need to change the link location reference. For example, perhaps you are moving the
presentation ﬁ le to a ﬂ ash drive and you want to place all of the linked ﬁ les needed for
the presentation in a separate folder on the ﬂ ash drive. To change a link reference, do the
1. Copy or move the files where you want them. For example, if you want to trans-
fer the presentation and linked ﬁ les to a CD, do that ﬁ rst.
2. Open the PowerPoint presentation that contains the linked object(s) to change.
If you copied the presentation to some new location, make sure you open the copy
that you want to change.
3. Choose File
Edit Links to Files. The Links dialog box opens (Figure 13.8).
4. Click the link you want to change.
5. Click Change Source. A Change Source dialog box opens. It is just like the normal
Open dialog boxes you have worked with many times.
6. Select the file to be linked from its new location, and click Open. The link is
7. In the Links dialog box, click Close.
If you change the location of a link to a different i le, depending on the object type, the link may change to refer to
the entire i le, as if you had inserted it with Insert
Paste Special and then select
Paste Link to insert only a part of the original i le, that aspect might be lost and the entire i le might appear as the
object in the presentation. In such situations, it is better to delete the object and re-create the link from scratch.
Object. If you used Edit