When I open files (simple files without excessive formatting) they are very slow to open. When the new file is being opened, Excel says "Linking: Mobil.XLS" or "linking: EREC summary" amongst a few others. It may take up to 3 to 4 mins for the file to open.

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I fail to understand how in any way that these files are linked to my file. Is there a way to get rid of the links? Office 2010 is way faster in opening the same file.


  • These are files copied from a network server to a local PC and then opened.
  • They are not password protected.
  • They do not have excessive formatting or formulas (simple text).
  • I'm using Windows 7, with recently upgraded Office 2013
  • The hardware acceleration is removed - so no more lag coming from animation stuff.

I couldn't observe similar issues before the upgrade from 2010 to 2013.

  • Does starting Excel in Safe Mode cause it to work faster? Hold Ctrl whilst launching Excel and press Yes. Try opening the file again. This will troubleshoot if it's caused by an add-on. – TeknoVenus Jul 18 '14 at 10:06
  • Hi TeknoVenus, When i open these files, there is a session of excel already open. I will try the Safe mode though. – Prasanna Jul 18 '14 at 10:14
  • Hi TeknoVenus, Tried that without any luck.If there is any other way in which Excel can be forced to not open "links" with any other file, I think we will have a "quick open" of the file – Prasanna Jul 18 '14 at 13:56

I have found the solution to my problem.
Under the Formulas tab locate the Name manager and open Name manager dialog
In the Name Manager dialog under the "Refers to" column locate the "Names" which have access to servers (starting with \\ABC\ etc).
Delete which ever "Names" are not relevant to your file.

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