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Edit and Restore Broken Picture Links Quickly and Easily

AuthorTec Link provides an efficient way to edit multiple picture links at once.

  • Change the links on all or selected pictures at once.

  • Change the type of link on the pictures.

  • Correct the linked folder path to your pictures.


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 Use AuthorTec Link for free for 30 days.


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Unlock for continued use with a License Key

There is a one-time fee to obtain a license key that will activate AuthorTec Link to run indefinitely with the version of the software available
at the time of purchase.

If AuthorTec Link is already installed on your computer:

  • because you were using it for free,

  • then all you need to do is activate it with the license key you will receive upon purchasing a license. 


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How to Access & Use

  1. Open the Word document you want to use AuthorTec Link with.

  2. Click the Developer tab along the top of your screen and click AuthorTec Change Picture Links to correct the linked folder path for the Pictures or change the type of link on the Pictures.

  3. Learn how to use AuthorTec Link with our Tutorial and by using the instructions that are built into the software. If you don’t see your Developer tab, please follow the steps in our Tutorial to all it to show.


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Why do links break, and which is better, linked or embedded?

Links break when you move the linked images to a different folder, or change the folder name, or when you share a file that contains linked images with someone who does not have access to the folder where the images are stored. Those red Xs are the unhappy result. 

Whether to insert images as linked or embedded depends how the file will be used. There are pros and cons to both approaches.

  • Linked images reduce file size. They also provide the benefit of automatically updating documents when changes are made to the images.

  • However, picture links are easily broken, resulting in the pictures not displaying, whereas embedded images are safely stored in the document and always show.

  • If file size is an issue, linked is the way to go. However, if you are going to be sharing your files with those who do not have access to the server where your images are saved to, embedded is a must.

A good compromise is to do your work in a file with linked images and then change the linked images to either Embedded or Linked and Embedded before you release it to share broadly with others. Luckily, AuthorTec Change Picture Links makes this easy to do.


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AuthorTec Link is a Microsoft Office Word add-in.

It runs with:

  • PC Office 2019, 2016, 2013 and 2010

  • Mac Office 2019 and 2016

  • Office 365 PC or Mac desktop version.

Please review our System Requirements for additional technical information.


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