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I have two Excel files. One is linked to the other.

If I take the link source .xls and save that as another file, then the dependent file's links are pointed automatically by Excel to that new source file rather than the original source file.

I want to prevent Excel from helpfully doing that: If the source file is saved as another file, I want the dependent file's links to that original source retained.

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Save and close the dependent file first before saving the source as another file.

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Thanks. No other way? – M M Aug 15 '11 at 17:58
Another way is to open the each workbook in separate instances of Excel. In Windows 7, you can quickly open another instance of Excel by middle-clicking its tab on the taskbar. However, you won't be able to add any new links between them. – Kaze Aug 15 '11 at 18:17
Thank you, Kaze. – M M Aug 15 '11 at 19:10
Glad I could help. Welcome to SuperUser! :D – Kaze Aug 15 '11 at 19:14

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