AuthorTec Link

This tool is located on the Developer tab ribbon in Word.

AuthorTec Change Picture Links button on Developer tab ribbon in Microsoft Word

PC: If you do not see your Developer tab in Word on your PC

Click on File > Options in Word

Click on Customize Ribbon

  1. In the column on the right side of the dialog, place a check mark next to Developer

  2. Click OK

MAC: If you do not see your Developer tab in Word on your Mac:

  1. Open Word

  2. Click on Word in the Menu bar along the top of your screen

  3. Select Preferences

  4. Select Ribbon & Toolbar

  5. Then you will see something very similar to the image above, where you can select to enable your Developer tab.

If you can see but not use the Ribbon & Toolbar pane:

  1. Click on Word in the Menu bar along the top of your screen

  2. Select Preferences

  3. Select View

  4. In the bottom of the View pane click the checkbox for displaying the Developer tab.

AuthorTec Change Picture Links allows you to rapidly fix broken picture links or change the type of link on the pictures.

Having linked images in a file does save file size but when you change the image's directory location or email the file to someone else, those links are broken, and an "X" replaces the image in your document.

How to Use

1. Open the Word document with picture links that need to be updated.

2. Click the Developer tab along the top of your screen in Word.

3. Click the Change Picture Links button to open the Picture Links dialog box.

  • You will see how many Linked images and how many Embedded images are in the document.

  • The Linked images count shown includes those set as "Linked" and "Linked and Embedded", which is also called "Both".

AuthorTec Picture Links Dialog Example

4. Choose what to change: All or Selective

  • If you only want to change certain picture links, select those image(s) in your document before clicking the Selective option. You can select a range of images to change by just selecting the whole paragraphs where they are inserted.

  • Then, click “Mark Selective”

5. Set your Change preferences


If you are changing the folder path to the linked picture images:

Click the New Folder button and use the Folder Explorer function to identify the new source location of the pictures.

  • The new full pathname to the folder containing the pictures is placed in the text box.

  • All filenames of the pictures must match exactly the names as they were when originally inserted into the document. 

If you are not changing the path location and simply want to change the linked image to embedded:

In the "Change From" group mark "Linked" and in the "Change To" group, mark the "Embedded" button. 

  • AuthorTec Link will use the linked image’s current source location and filename to reinsert them into the document as an embedded image type.

6. Apply your changes

  • Click OK in the lower right corner of the dialog box to apply your changes.

How to Uninstall on a PC

Should you need to uninstall AuthorTec Change Picture Links please follow these steps:

Part One

  1. Close Word

  2. Open Control Panel 

  3. Select Programs > Uninstall

  4. Select AuthorTec Update Styles

  5. Click Uninstall and allow a few moments for the uninstall to complete

Part Two

  1. Open Word and click the Developer tab

  2. If you do not see AuthorTec Update Styles then you are all set, the software is uninstalled

  3. If AuthorTec File Doctor is still showing up in Word, follow these additional steps:

    1.  Go to C:\Users\your name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Word\STARTUP

    2. Find AuthorTec Change Picture Links in the list and delete it

    3. Go to C:\Users\your name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates\Great Circle Learning\AuthorTec\2.0

    4. Delete the folder named Link

  4. The uninstall is now complete


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