In MS Word, I often find that moving figure captions in a document breaks cross-references to the figure number.

Below is a simple example, in which a caption was added by right-clicking on an image, resulting in a {SEQ Figure \* ARABIC} field in the caption text. The move was done using a single cut/paste, and track changes seems to recognise it as a single move rather than separate deletion/insertion operations. When I update the field codes with Ctrl+a then F9, Word deletes the cross-reference and marks it in track changes with the message "Unknown Field Code Changed".

Up until now I've just been sometimes rejecting the change and sometimes reinserting the cross-references, but neither of those feel right. Is there a way to move numbered objects without breaking cross-references?

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Word has problems with cross references when track changes is on. Turn track changes off, make the change and turn it on again.

In the case you described I think the hidden bookmark that points to the figure is not updated in track changes mode (still points to the original paragraph) and after the changes are accepted the bookmark is removed with the original paragraph that was removed. Similar issue with removed references in track changes mode is described here as a bug.

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    Looks like it is a long standing issue, back to at least Word 97. It feels like a lot of confusion with Word stems from hidden markup and metadata. Ta. – Deditos Aug 23 '16 at 10:01

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