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I have a workbook which has a reference to an Excel addin. The addin lives on a network drive.

So when I add the reference, the path of the reference is something like \\intranet-server-ABC\Path\to\Addin.

However, after I saved and reopen the book, in the reference dialog box I can see the path is somehow changed to \\server-alias-toABC\Path\to\Addin.

Both URI are actually equivalent. Following the URIs will lead to the same addin file.

Why would Excel rewrite the URI? What is the rule behind the rewrite?

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As far as I know, Excel is doing what Windows tells it to. Check if the same thing happens with other Microsoft products. –  user3463 Sep 10 '12 at 4:08
    
What other MS products/feature can I try? Just can't think of any app/function that might do this –  Anthony Kong Sep 11 '12 at 4:51
    
What I mean is, I think Windows is converting it, not Excel specifically. Test it with saving an Office document on a network share and see if it rewrites the URI. –  user3463 Sep 11 '12 at 6:41
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