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In a PowerPoint 2007 presentation I have many external links. These are updated when the document is opened.

However, the source documents are now missing so I want to remove the external links, i.e. keep the existing information and not update.

How can I do this?

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Esoteric - intended for or likely to be understood by only a small number of people with a specialized knowledge or interest. – jeremy Mar 11 at 18:20
@jeremy: and yet viewed over 36 000 times at time of writing. – Wikis Mar 11 at 19:46
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Press the Office button, then goto Prepare and selecting Edit Links to Files (you may need to scroll down the list to find it). This will bring up the dialog showing the external links, which you can then break.

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yes, that works perfectly. Thanks! – Wikis Jan 5 '11 at 20:53

Just updating this for Powerpoint 2010. If you get this warning message "powerpoint references to external pictures have been blocked".

You can find the offending links by File -> Info -> Edit Links To Files (see bottom right)

This will give you the name of the offending link, but annoyingly doesn't tell you which slide it is.

However, as the PPTX file is actually a zip file, you can copy the pptx file, rename it as .zip then open it in a zip tool and extract it to a local folder. You can then search (i.e. grep) through the XML files (one per slide) found at this location: folder_where_unzip_was_done\ppt\slides

You should search for the URL (or part of it) that was revealed by the "Edit Links To Files" utility above. IN this way you can find and fix the offending slide.


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Great. Glad you explained it patiently. What is the word you use when microsoft (or anyone) has made a funky advanced feature, like making dynamic image links that allow updating between its documents... which will be used by .001% of users, but which make Office awkward and weird for 90% of its users? Could there be a way to have things like macros and these oddball links be shut off by default, and then those few users that did need them would turn that capacity ON? :) – estephan500 Dec 9 '15 at 5:26

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